And here is our Five Year Anniversary thank you speech. And we won’t have music to play us off stage, so bear with us while we mention everyone who made our event happen.
It has been a busy day recovering from our busy day!
The Bakersfield Burrito Project would like to share it’s deepest thanks to the community. Their support has shown what we do every Sunday is appreciated.
We especially like to thank Mayor Harvey Hall taking the extra effort to arrive at our celebration, Leticia Perez, Karen Goh, Jean Fuller, Willie Rivera, and Andy Vidak.
Our sponsors: La Bonita Tortillas, Walker Lewis Rents, Panera Bread, Costco, and Frito Lay.
Then we have the board members Belinda Lopez Rickett, our founder, Mia McClenny for being there all the five years, Jason Rickett for doing much of the paper pushing and digital magic, Tammy Niemann for doing grunt work that ran our donation drawings, Pastor Karen Stoffers-Pugh for making the connection between BBP and Wesley United Methodist Church, Wanda Richards, a new board member who was still up to her elbows in beans, rice and cheese making sure the big burrito went smoothly (you can see her in almost every picture and minute of news coverage) and Matthew Faulkner, who joined the board only recently but still managed to do more work making connections, shaking hands, running frantically to get last minute items, and hauling stuff.
And we have our awesome volunteers. Steve Sipe, who was jumping on problems when Belinda only had to look at something going awry, and he was on it. Kianna Harris, our youngest and most regular volunteer, who is there every Sunday and in the thick of the biggest burrito. Elaine Wilson donated cakes and stuck around until the last moment, even to help clean up. Ted Kent was in there setting up, rolling burrito and pulling down in the hottest of the day. The Rodriguez brothers, Francisco and Miguel, took hundreds of pictures and shot video. Paul Linfesty shot miles of video tape and got all the news coverage in one video. Diane Hamilton and Susan Chan ran the Wesley kitchen while all the board members and other volunteers were setting up the park. Kelly Pankey ran the volunteer table and took care of ruffians. Girl Scout Troop 376, led by Kristie Green and Brittany Amos, and the Bell Family was there to hand out hygiene kits they built. Delia and Oscar Rivera, along with their grandchildren, and Daniel Landeros and Lionel Jauregui floated the event and made sure they helped where they were needed.
We would also like to thank all the news stations for coming out and spreading the word about our Burrito Goodness! You guys do everything for our communities as well, and we appreciate what you do!
If we missed anyone in the mix, we’re so sorry, but know your help was appreciated in all of the Bakersfield Burrito Project’s hearts. We hope to see everyone again, perhaps on our regular Sundays, and perhaps for our next big event.
Much love from the Bakersfield Burrito Project!