I could write a novel full of wonderful things to say about our former Board Chair and current board member Allison Connors. However, in the interest of time, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. As many of you read last month, Allison Connors has stepped down as Board Chair of A Place as the Table to mark the close of Phase 1: Starting a Nonprofit and to usher in the beginning of Phase 2: Opening a Restaurant.
This news for me is bittersweet. Allison was not only an amazing Board Chair and leader but she was and will forever be one of my dearest friends. We all know the saying that goes something like, ‘God puts people in your life for a reason.’ I can, without doubt, say that God put Allison in my life for a reason. Two years ago when I started this journey, I did not think I would find someone else who would dedicate as much time and passion to A Place at the Table as I would, but I did. Allison not only gave her time, talents, and treasures to supporting A Place at the Table, but she gave her hope and belief that we could do this.
During some of our most trying times, when even my own dedication was wavering, Allison stood strong. There were many times where I thought that we were crazy to believe this could happen. Allison did not. There were also times when I wasn’t sure we could find the funding to support this crazy idea. Allison was sure. My point is that Allison always believed in A Place at the Table, a dream I have held close to my heart for years.
Allison is kind, compassionate, considerate, empathetic, honest, an encourager, a supporter, and a leader – and that’s just the beginning. But above all of this, she is my friend.
I close with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” Thank you, Allison, for cherishing my hopes and being kind to my dreams for Raleigh. We cannot thank you enough for the work you have done for A Place at the Table. We would not be where we are today if it was not for your devoted leadership. Luckily, I am happy to announce that Allison won’t be going very far and plans to take on a more active role in liaising with our faith communities. I can’t wait to stand by you and the rest of the Board of Directors as we cut that red ribbon on opening day. Now… onto Phase 2!