Friendly Hands Food Bank in Torrington benefits from ‘Burns Night’ event

Jessica Scarfo, executive director of Friendly Hands Food Bank, left, and Sherry Robinson, volunteer, were given a check for $2,500 by Richard McDonnell, who received a jewel award from the Lodge.

LITCHFIELD — Two Friendly Hands Food Bank members, still mourning the death of longtime Director Maureen Hubert, were happy to attend a “Burns Night” event when invited by Richard McDonnell P.D.D., the Junior Warden of St. Paul’s Lodge #11 in Litchfield.

The event, held in the Litchfield fire house featuring kilts, bagpipes and haggis homemade by Jeannette McDonnell, is a traditional Scottish celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems and the tune Auld Lang Syne. He was also a member of the Freemasons of his era.

McDonnell said the fundraiser was a great success, welcoming The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of CT, Grand Master Melvin Johnson, along with a past Grand Master, other Grand Lodge Officers, Worshipful Master Paul Chaplin and past and present Masters.

Jessica Scarfo, executive director of Friendly Hands Food Bank and Sherry Robinson, volunteer, were given a check for $2,500 by Richard McDonnell, who received a jewel award himself.

Scarfo said, “Friendly Hands is honored to have been the recipient of St. Paul Lodge #11 at the Burns night Supper fundraiser. The event was not only a huge success but also a truly enjoyable evening. We thank all involved and for keeping the food bank in your hearts. We are only able to continue to provide for the community with help like this fundraiser.”

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