On February 21st, we held the first ever Alliance Volunteer Info Fest and Appreciation. Approximately 50 volunteers, old and new, visited us in the beautiful downtown Madison library. One lucky (new!) volunteer won a gift certificate for a eucalyptus steam shower from Kneaded Relief, and all present got to have delicious treats from our generous donors listed below. Thanks to our attendees for making this winter a little cheerier!
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Thank you to the Madison Central Library
We are so fortunate to have this beautiful building in our downtown, and the Alliance was thrilled hold an event there! The pictures don’t do the room justice, but there was a wall of 18 foot high windows, and the natural light was stunning. Our executive director summed up the location’s symbolism in the following post, before the event:
The new library is a common ground for all Madisonians: students, downtowners, people who traveled many miles by bus, people of low income, people of color, people who just came in to use the computer, and people doing serious research. The third floor is less populated, but the room we are in has a stunning wall of windows with enough light to chase away your seasonal affective depression. We are so excited to hold our event in a place that represents the kind of access and diversity we hope for the Alliance to achieve and in a room as bright and optimistic as we feel about this event!
Thank You to Our Beneficent Donors
Willy Street Co-Op
Willy Street Co-Op gave us a very generous gift certificate for delicious items of our choice!
(along with a super cute bag!) One Madison Vegan reviewer called Willy Street Co-op the “best vegan store in town.” If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out your local co-op, visit the East or West location and become a member today! Please take a minute to
thank them for their support, or write a sparkling review on Madison Vegan.
Liked something you saw at the fest but don’t remember what it is? Look below!
- Tango Murcott Mandarins
- Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans (Near the Juice counter at Willy St West)
- Garden of Eatin Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
- Mary’s Gone Crackers Original Crackers WF GF
- Bunky’s Falafel
- Yucatan Organic Zesty Guacamole
- Newman’s Own Virgin Lemonade
- Big B’s Spiced Apple Cider
- Treeline Green Peppercorn Soft Cheese
- Mild Salsa
- Bunny Love Baby Carrots
Bunky’s Cafe gave us enough hummus and pita to feed a vegan army! We were thrilled to have enough for all the attendees, and our board president was thrilled to take home an extra container of what she calls “the best hummus in Madison.” Please take a minute to thank them or write a sparkling review on Madison Vegan. We also recommend stopping by for a meal! One Madison Vegan reviewer sums it all up: “Bunky’s atmosphere and service can’t be beat!” Bunky’s hummus is also for sale (in much smaller quantities) at Willy Street Co-op. Buy local and support two donors in one!
Brown Rice and Honey
Kristina Stanley of Brown Rice and Honey gave us some exceptionally beautiful (and delicious!) Citrus Ginger Cookie Sandwich Cookies and Pecan Chocolate Chip Shortbread that were the talk of the event. If you enjoyed her desserts, check our her website (warning: may have to wipe drool off keyboard), and learn more about her
CSB program: community supported bakery. We are so lucky to have Kristina in Madison, and we are all crossing our fingers that she opens a bakery here someday soon!
We all jumped for joy when Ian’s Pizza announced that Monday night of EVERY week would be vegan pizza slice night. Now they’ve expanded their vegan options to include a brand new pesto, which we got the chance to try at the fest! Ian’s also gave us a classic vegan mac n cheese pizza. Check out their menu to see all the vegan pizza and salad bar options! And please take a minute to thank them for their support, or write a sparkling
review on Madison Vegan. We are so lucky to have delectable vegan pizza in
Kneaded Relief gave us the piece de la resistance – a gift certificate for a eucalyptus steam shower. All attendees put their volunteer applications/raffle forms in the box, but only one lucky winner got that soothing surprise! Next time you want to treat yourself or your loved ones, check out Kneaded Relief’s spa and massage services.