BY REBECCA GALLERY
Black Family Foundation will host the third annual “Kitchen to the Pin” golf tournament May 18 to benefit the Takoma Park Crossroads Community Food Network.
This foundation is the charitable outreach of the Black Restaurant Group; founders of Takoma Park restaurant Republic. Black’s Family Foundation, established in 2010, is committed to providing support for organizations with similar missions and goals. The foundation was developed by Jeff and Barbara Black, shortly after their eldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
When the Black family discovered that the Children’s National Medical Center was building a new Pediatrics Diabetes wing, the Blacks saw a chance to give back to the hospital who diagnosed and treated their son. The foundation initially raised funds and donated $200,000 to the Children’s National Medical Center for a teaching kitchen in the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.
Over the last five years the foundation’s mission has expanded. In its first year the Kitchen to the Pin golf tournament raised $30,000 to support the Washington Youth Garden (an environmental science and food education program for D.C. youth and their families). In it’s sophomore year another $30,000 in donations were raised to benefit Nourish Now (a non-profit that provides food to those in need by collecting surplus fresh-food donations from restaurants, caterers and other food donors).
The Takoma Park’s Crossroads Community Food Network was selected as the beneficiary this year. Crossroads (founded in 2007 as a seasonal farmer’s market) embodies the mission of bringing local, healthy, and affordable produce to an underserved area. The market is the first in Maryland to accept federal nutrition benefits. It is also the first in the country to launch a “double dollar” program; an incentive through which participants in federal nutrition benefit programs receive privately funded coupons, which are used exclusively at the farmer’s market to purchase fresh and prepared foods from local farmers.
Crossroads has distributed over $300,000 in Fresh Checks, all of which have gone directly to low-income families to spend with local farmers. Crossroads Community Food Network and Black’s Family Foundation are aligned in their efforts to invest in the health and well being of their local community.
Black family-owned Republic Restaurant in Takoma Park – scene of a recent Jaime Raskin campaign event.
This year’s tournament will be the largest yet with thanks to many generous sponsors such as Chef’s Warehouse, Congressional Seafood, Miss Pixie’s, Eagle Bank, Chevy Chase Nissan and more. A shotgun start will kick off the event at 11:00AM at the Hampshire Greens Golf Course (616 Firestone Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905). Participants can enjoy a full day of events such as golf contests, including closest-to-pin and longest drive, cocktails on the holes, breakfast, lunch on the turn, and an awards ceremony with a full dinner catered by Black Restaurant Group. Each golfer will receive a personalized golf gift from Footjoy.
The entry fee is $175.00 per person and will include a full day of golf and catered food and drink from Black Restaurant Group, as well as personalized gifts. To register online, please visit: https://brgevents.wufoo.com/forms/2015-kitchen-to-the-pin-player-registration[brgevents.wufoo.com]. For additional questions about the tournament contact Jenn Larkin at 301.215.6397 or email@example.com.