Project Angel Heart provides home-delivered meals to those with chronic illnesses.
Volunteers and friends got to personally experience the program during a social fundraising evening, "Cocktails in the Kitchen," where the nonprofit's executive chef Brandon Foster prepared specialties like those offered to clients.
Hosts Sandy Johannsen, Jean and Bill Koch and Carolyn and John Shaw invited guests to Johannsen's hillside home to learn about the program. Volunteers deliver chef-prepared, medically tailored meals at no cost to those with cancer, kidney disease, HIV-AIDS and other serious illnesses.
Former client Terri Figueredo told guests the Project Angel Heart meals had been a necessity to build her strength to undergo and recover from a double lung transplant.
Among those sharing the evening were Sally Rothstein, Colorado Springs regional manager for Project Angel Heart, and the Colorado Springs Regional Council: Hollis Shumway, Jennifer Hill, Melanie Lindsay-Brisbin, Kori Magallanez, Christopher Aaby, Randy Lindsay-Brisbin and Chris Zwirlein. Also on the council: Deanna Meyer and Gary Morse.
Chef Foster provided a recipe for the evening's popular Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Avocado and Smoky Creme Fraiche: tinyurl.com/ycg2namq
This year, Project Angel Heart has received an Award for Excellence from El Pomar Foundation and a grant from Walmart for its work.