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From: Tofu Ted ( -
Subject: Another successful Ching Farm Dinner by Team U.J.
Date: November 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm PST

I just returned from Salt Lake City after enjoying another yummy dinner, with my sister and mom, held as a fundraiser for the Ching Farm Animal Sanctuary (see link below). U.J. (who, I might add, was looking great!) and the gang had plenty of food for the large crowd which filled the building. The fare was a vegan, compassionate version of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We had rolls, mashed potato's and gravy, "turkey" (seitan), stuffing, salad, cranberry's, string beans, several options for drinks, and NUMEROUS options for desserts! We were told we could only have ONE type of dessert until everyone had been served, but Faith Ching, the wonderful woman who started the Sanctuary, sneaked me a second one! So I had a pumpkin cookie (yum) and a desert that is like two lite cookies with whip cream between and on top (I don't know what it's called, but, yum).

The silent auction appeared to be going well, too. Several years ago a lot of the people bid on items like it was ebay, hoping to get a good deal. Tonight they appeared to be bidding like they wanted to help the Sanctuary! There was a box full of misc. treats up for bid with a value of $21. I bid $25 and when I went back to check on the item the bid was up to $34!! That's how it should be! Same thing with a vegan wallet I bid on: The value was $24 so I raised the bid to $24 and when I went back to check on the item it was up to $28. There was a guy standing nest to the wallet who said he was the $28 bidder. I told him I was going to bid $30 so he changed his to $31. Later it was up to $32. I don't know what it finally sold for, but I was happy to see the generosity.
Prior to eating we got to hear from Faith Ching who read a ton of names of people who volunteer at the Sanctuary. It's amazing how many people help out on a regular basis. Then she asked us for a moment of silence for all of the animals who died at the Sanctuary this year. Usually she reads the names of the animals, but, sadly, it was a rough winter for the animals and the list was too long. Following Faith we got to hear a fun talk from Robert Cheeke, a vegan bodybuilder. While we were eating there was a video running which showed a lot of volunteers working on the farm. They had the sound down so we could chat, but it was fun to see many of the people in the video who work to keep the animals cared for.

It was a wonderful event, thanks to U.J. and the many people who put in long hours to keep the tradition alive!

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