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When Tom Robertson and Jason Donnelly of The Social No. 11 approached Arlington EATS about the desire to share their music while spreading the word about EATS, group leaders were thrilled -- and honestly a little worried about filling the space. Arlington’s beautiful, historic building can look rather cavernous without enough people in it.

Turns out the town turned out. On Saturday March 5, beats for EATS raised a mind-boggling $15,000 from 300-plus generous people who paid $25 a ticket to hear some music and spur money for a good cause.

The remarkable silent auction, spearheaded by Angela Alton, brought in $7,000 of that total for EATS. Group leaders "are so grateful" to Alton and to the 62 generous businesses, restaurants, artists and individuals who donated time and services to make it a success. There are far too many to name here, but for a list of everyone involved in the EATS auction, visit

The "little" group that started with three people at a table now boasts more than 300 volunteers and provided 5,000 meals last summer, in addition to biweekly weekend food bags that include healthy meals and fresh produce for as many as 80 families, and about 9,000 snacks townwide.

EATS said in a statement that it is grateful to so many, including the musicians and performers: Boston’s famous Afro D All Starz closed out the remarkable evening, and The Social No. 11, DJ Jason Loeb and auction host Mike Prior kept the crowd moving all night long.

No EATS event is complete without food, and for that we applaud Beaujolais Catering, Arlington’s own amazing Food Link, the food-rescue organization and the Daily Table of Dorchester for generous contributions.

Hariet Vanderput provided massage for tired dancers; Jennifer Jacoby knocked it out of the park with amazing floral design and Laura Juitt designed the beats for EATS brand posters.

No event is complete without raffle baskets. Thanks to the Thompson, Stratton, Brackett and Bishop school PTOs for beautiful baskets, and to Maf Terry and Girl Scout Troop 75222 for giving tree, where folks had the chance to purchase anonymous gifts to be distributed to EATS recipient families (gift cards, restaurant certificates, and various items to make life a little easier and tastier).

And a huge thank you to Jodi Auerbach of Arlington’s Something Savory Events and Catering, who led the event and orchestrated every detail of the evening with grace.

"It really is not enough to say Thank You," the statement read. "We are truly, madly and deeply moved by Arlington’s response to this call to action. And we promise, it -- and YOU -- will make a deep and lasting impact for Arlington families who face tough choices when it comes to feeding their families healthy food.

"As one parent told EATS, 'Sometimes we have to choose between paying rent or buying food. Arlington EATS has helped my family tremendously in defraying the cost of food.'"

May 3, 2015: Arlington EATS: Feeding students when school is out

This announcement of this event was published Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. This report about the results was published Wednesday, March 16.