dogdaysdogsAs July’s thermometer boiled toward the century mark, the Community Garden Kitchen at Holy Family School board kept it cool, kicking off their 500×500 fundraising campaign at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. At this Hot Diggity Dog Days of Summer event, guests enjoyed an indoor picnic of gourmet hot dogs prepared by David Bernard, accompanied by a variety of toppings, yummy side dishes and desserts, provided by members of the CGK board.

Once built, the Community Garden Kitchen will be a 4500 square foot dogdaysdanafacility, centrally located close to McKinney’s historic downtown area. On land donated by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, the facility will house a lunchroom, a commercial kitchen and restroom facilties.

dogdayseliseBy day, the Community Garden Kitchen will serve the students of the adjacent Holy Family School. After school, service will extend to the community, providing a safe, welcoming environment for people to enjoy nutritious food and fellowship. Additionally, The McKinney Community Garden already located here, will provide land and resources for growing fruits and vegetables.

DogDaysMegThe Community Garden Kitchen also plans to serve as a community meeting area, a place for religious services, and a place for education and life skill classes. Special focus will be given to healthy nutrition and meal preparation classes.

Sunday’s Hot Diggity Dog Event kicks off the Community Garden Kitchen’s dogdaysmonikacampaign to enlist 500 community groups or families to raise $500 in 2015. How each group raises their $500 is limited only by the group’s imagination and creativity. With the goal of enlisting 500 groups by Thanksgiving 2015, the Community Garden Kitchen board plans to celebrate with an event to be held at the future building’s site.

To learn more, to get involved with the Community Garden Kitchen, click here. To participate in the fun dogdaysdiane500×500 fundraiser, simply put your team together, and raise $500. Feel free to “Like,” then share your 500×500 group’s event photos on the Community Garden Kitchen Facebook Page.

Monetary gifts my be offered at the “Donate” button at the top of the Community Garden Kitchen’s homepage. Donations are secure. Donations in the forms of check, made payable to Community Garden Kitchen, may be mailed to 500 Throckmorton St., McKinney, TX 75069.

Members of the Community Garden Kitchen at Holy Family School board include, Angela Poen, Curtis and Kathy Limerick, Judy and Tom Shaw, Jason VanBorssum, Jill Russell, Dana Jean, Cathy Apple, Julie Smith, Katrinka Clark, Sharman Myers, Patti Snider and Robert Matlock.