Hundreds of supporters went “Down the Shore” for People to People at the Hilton Pearl River on May 21 to raise funds to shore-up the organization’s efforts to feed Rockland’s hungry.

Down the Shore is a little different from your average fundraising dinner,” People to People Executive Director Diane Serratore said. “Folks love that the dress is casual, the boardwalk-themed food is fabulous, the carnival games are fun and the music rocks,” Serratore said. “Everyone has a lot of fun but there’s nothing funny about why we need the money that’s raised by this event,” she said.

Down the Shore raised nearly $130,000 to support the People to People Food Pantry that provides food packages to more than 4,000 Rocklanders every month. At the event, Rockland County Executive Ed Day acknowledged and applauded the significant role played by People to People in assisting Rocklanders in need. He described the work done by People to People as “vital and compassionate.” People to People’s board president is Matt Rand of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

People to People recognized the contributions of two outstanding supporters at Down the Shore:

The HoSang Family and Caribbean Food Delights received the Corporate Leadership Award in recognition of its significant financial and food contributions to the People to People Food Pantry. Sabrina HoSang Jordan, recently appointed CEO of Caribbean Food Delights, is a member of the People to People Board of Directors and was one of the competing chefs in PtoP’s Get Saucy event in 2016.

Michael McDermott, Pfizer vice president, served nine years as a member of the People to People Board of Directors and focused his efforts as PtoP Board Member on improving and enhancing PtoP’s facility. His vision and knowledge provided the leadership necessary to transform PtoP’s property into a facility that will better serve Rocklanders in need. In recognition of these and other contributions, Mike McDermott received the Dolores Treger Friend of People to People Award.

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