Dining With Friends
A Project 180 Friend- and Fund-raiser

Announcing “Dining With Friends!”

Earlier this year,Project 180 opened its Residential Program. Now, we’re kicking off “Dining With Friends,” a friend-and fund-raiser to support our residents and programs.

Would you do me a favor? Consider throwing a Dining With Friends party to show your friends your passion for criminal justice reform and to share Project 180’s stories and successes.

The concept is simple: Invite your friends for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, a picnic, cocktails, dinner, a theme party, or barbeque. While you enjoy dining with your friends, they’ll learn about Project 180’s important work and have the opportunity to show their support.

You provide the food and beverages. Your guests make a contribution to Project 180. It’s that easy!

Project 180 provides everything you’ll need to invite, inform, and inspire your guests:
customized digital save the dates, e-vites, and thank you notes that can easily be emailed (we can show you how)
a host orientation to give you all the information you’ll need to throw a great party
if you wish, a representative to attend your party to speak about Project 180
handouts about the good work we do because of your support
awesome Project 180 party favors for your guests
Don’t feel like the host with the most? You can throw a successful Dining With Friends party whether your group is large or small, in town or across the country, rich or not so rich. We’ll help you every step of the way so sign up below today!

If you’d like to attend a party, we’ll connect you with a Dining With Friends event. Check out a few of the great parties planned so far…

Parties in October
Paleo Brunch at Barb’s House

Dine With Friends of Barbara Richards and Elisa Graber on Sunday, October 28th. Join us for a Paleo and Raw Food brunch featuring New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee George Worthmore.

Enjoy: Barb’s famous grain-free granola with fresh and dried fruit
sweet potato hash with poached eggs
raw food tacos
pan-seared rib eye steak with fresh rosemary
fresh-squeezed OrangeAid (a Project 180 specialty)
and more while listening to George Worthmore’s repertoire of blues, classical, and jazz.

Cocktails & Canapes
Project 180 CEO Board President Tom Melville is holding a Cocktails & Canapes party at his beautiful Bradenton cottage.

Tom’s Maine roots are reflected in his delicious menu:
smoked wild-caught salmon canapes
barbequed chicken skewers with Pinot Noir/wild blueberry sauce
lobster sliders
miniature peach pies, and
Tom’s vodka martinis

Parties in November
Greek Night at Nik’s House

The residents of Nik’s House, Project 180’s Residential Program, are hosting a special Greek dinner to raise funds for our programs.

Come meet the guys and enjoy:
mezethakia (appetizers)
souvlakia (grilled skewers)
tzajiki (cucumber and yogurt dip)
horiatikisalata (country salad)
drachma potatoes, and

Ralph George
In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Project 180 friend Ralph George. Ralph first became associated with Project 180 as one of our CEO Workforce Education Program speakers at DeSoto Correctional Institution in 2017. The experience changed his life.

After becoming a Project 180 “CEO,” Ralph became a passionate Second Chance employer, wishing not only to employ formerly incarcerated citizens but also to help them achieve stability and well-being. His empathy was fueled in part by having recently started over after a difficult divorce and realizing how much more difficult starting over would be with a criminal record.

Ralph shared his CEO Program prison experiences in April this year at our Strong Voices lecture. His brief speech focused on the sense of brotherhood he felt with the men to whom he’d spoken. Not one to shy away from laughing at himself, he brought a small item for show-and-tell: a “panic button” alarm that he forgot to return to authorities on his most recent CEO Program visit. Charismatic, humorous, and deeply compassionate, Ralph will be sorely missed.