Last night, Matthew and I got to relive a bit of our childhood mixed with some adulthood in a room filled with gigantic board games, delicious food, a DJ, and adult beverages. The Children’s Hunger Alliance Come Out to Play fundraiser combined all these things into a relaxed and playful evening at SmArt Space at 78th Street Studios (with some cool and quirky art to enjoy too).
We kicked off the evening by receiving a game passport and collecting stamps as we played various games scattered around the room. There was Operation…
…Connect 4, Jenga, cornhole…
…checkers and Kerplunk!
We also loved the free play on the pinball machines!
Mixed in between the playing, we nibbled passed appetizers like caprese skewers, mini sliders, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and cocktail shrimp and enjoyed a mashed potato bar (my second favorite kind of bar), all provided by A Taste of Excellence.
There were also kid-like desserts with a grown-up twist, like hazelnut liquor “dirt cups,” PB&J cookies, and Fruity Pebbles treats.
We bid on auction items, as well as took home a nice bottle of wine from the wine pull, all to benefit Children’s Hunger Alliance.
Children’s Hunger Alliance helps to provide food, nutrition education, and physical activity programs to the 1 in 4 children across the state who are food insecure. Their local office in Cleveland works directly with Cleveland schools and care programs to impact those who need it most.
The thought of any child waking up not knowing if they’ll have a healthy breakfast that morning just breaks my heart. We are so fortunate to be able to provide for Jeffrey in that way. I feel like we also have an obligation to help out organizations like Children’s Hunger Alliance where we can, too!
The theory behind Come Out to Play was to make you feel like a kid again so that you not only had a fun evening, but could better empathize with children who should worry about if Jenga is going to fall over and not if they’re going to have dinner that night. The event accomplished both goals and was both a fun and impactful evening out!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Children’s Hunger Alliance to help promote Come Out to Play. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***