Hundreds Gather For Café Services' Pasta Dinner To Celebrate 7th Annual GE 5k Road Race
The atmosphere on the grounds of General Electric’s Plainville, Connecticut plant felt like a carnival on Saturday evening, July 12—where hundreds dined on a hearty pasta dinner from Café Services, a corporate food services company serving Massachusetts and the greater northeast.
For the 4th year in a row, Café Services provided the dinner in honor of the annual GE 5k Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation. Launched in 2008, just one year after Dr. William Petit lost his wife and daughters in a violent home invasion, the race is the organization’s main fundraiser. Started by GE employees and former classmates of Petit, it has brought in over $1 million to fight chronic illness, champion youth education and help communities affected by violence.
July 13th Road Race Attracts Over 5,000
Over 5,000 runners and walkers of all ages gathered in Plainville on Sunday morning, July 13 to participate in the 2014 race and events. The entire Café Services staff at GE volunteered at the pasta dinner, along with district manager Mike Poppers and associates from nearby Café Services corporate food services locations. Café Services chef/manager at GE, Charlotte Fletcher, describes a festive, family-friendly scene with a band, face painting, clowns and kids’ games.
“Dr. Petit has a lot of loyal friends at GE and the communities around Plainville. They come out in full force for the race. At Café Services, we think of ourselves as an extension of the GE team, and we consider it an honor to contribute to this event and all the good it brings.”