This Sunday Shelly and I will host the 6th Annual Gala to celebrate The Family Pantry of Cape Cod. This organization is one close to my heart as my father, Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr., was the first to host this event in the early 1990s. For years my parents hosted a party at their home in Harwich Port to support The Family Pantry and the incredible work the pantry does and to help those in need throughout Cape Cod. They invited friends and neighbors and would raise between $3,000 and $5,000 each year. After my father passed away, I took over this responsibility and brought the event to my own home. Six years ago, Shelly and I recognized that our simple annual house party would not be enough to help the Pantry sufficiently address the growing needs of the community. So in 2011 we moved the event to the Wychmere Beach Club and extended the invitation beyond Harwich to individuals from all over the Cape and beyond. Since then we have raised around $1.5 million to help feed and clothe the more than 9,000 people the Pantry supports annually. This year’s event is expected to bring together around 375 people and will honor longtime supporters Albert and Marion Gausz and TJX Corporation. Entertainment will be provided by Northshore Acapella and Fred Boyle on piano.
The Family Pantry is the largest food pantry on Cape Cod. Unfortunately, the need for its services continues to grow. Fundraising and donations are essential in order to fulfill their mission of providing food and clothing to those in need. We are proud to host this event each year and look forward to celebrating The Family Pantry this weekend.
By Tom O’Neill