On Sept. 13, under a nearly full moon and crystal clear late summer skies, Holly Hill Farm hosted its first-ever “Under The Harvest Moon” fundraising gala. The sold-out event, attended by over 200 people, raised more than $62,000 for the organization, leaving staff feeling — pun intended — completely over the moon.
Acclaimed chef Greg Jordan, of Hingham’s The Quarry Restaurant, prepared small plates using the farm’s outdoor masonry oven and utilizing organic vegetables harvested from the farm’s fields that very morning. Wine, beer and cocktail options were provided by sponsors Chateau Gaby, Untold Brewing and Boston Harbor Distillery, which prepared a special sage-infused cocktail to celebrate Cohasset’s upcoming 250th anniversary.
Old Oaken Bucket Band performed bluegrass and rockabilly for the party goers, and a highlight of the evening was a live-auctioned vacation donated by Chateau Gaby, giving 10 people the opportunity to stay at the vineyard’s beautiful 19th century chateau in Bordeaux, France.
Donations from sponsors like Pure Insurance, Sullivan, Garrity and Donnelly, EM Duggan and VPNE allowed organizers to keep the $75 ticket prices low relative to similar fundraisers, and encouraged a wider spectrum of attendees in keeping with the farm’s inclusive mission.
“I was hoping friends and neighbors would support our first ever gala fundraiser but didn’t know what to expect,” Cindy Prentice, executive director of Friends of Holly Hill, said. “I was humbled by the overwhelming response. Many local stores and restaurants offered gift certificates for silent auction items, and the businesses who donated their services really were the key to making the evening such a success.”
She added that she was particularly thrilled that of the more than $62,000 raised that evening, $11,000 was raised for the Frank White Scholarship Fund that allows local kids in financial need to attend summer camp at the farm.
Holly Hill Farm is a nonprofit organic farm, and Cohasset’s last remaining working farm. In addition to its farming activities, the organization teaches 5,000-plus school children each year about nature, ecology and sustainable farming through partnerships with 40 Massachusetts schools.
Holly Hill also offers community service programs, such as its Farm to Food Pantry program in which teenagers receive community service credits by growing and harvesting fresh organic vegetables for three local food pantries. Its popular farm stand, open seasonally on weekends, won Best of Boston in 2017.
For more information, go to hollyhillfarm.org, call 781-383-6565 or email email@example.com.