FreshStart is the United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual event bringing together attendees from across the industry to work together to increase children’s access to fresh produce.
The event featured a conference program focused on connecting our businesses to growth opportunities serving our next generation of consumers, as well as the Foundation’s annual Gala Dinner and presentation of the United Fresh Lifetime Achievement award; our annual fundraising golf tournament; the second annual “Bids for Kids” silent and live auction, and meetings of all United Fresh volunteer leadership boards, councils and committees.
The annual golf tournament had participants hit the links to benefit kids
The “Bids for Kids” silent and live auction, helps ensure children everywhere have access to fresh fruits and vegetables through attendees generosity.
The annual gala dinner celebrated United Fresh’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree.
The half-day conference focused on how the fresh produce industry can increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
The FreshStart Tour provided an inside look at the operations behind a school district’s kitchen.
2019 Schedule of Events
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
|10:30 am – 2:00 pm||FreshStart Tour: Palm Springs Unified School District
Off-Site: Buses departed the La Quinta Resort & Club promptly at 10:30
|10:30 am – 5:00 pm||United Fresh Start Foundation Golf Tournament
Mountain Dunes Clubhouse and Course
|2:00 pm – 8:15 pm||Registration & Silent Auction Open
Fiesta Foyer & Fiesta Ballroom 1 – 4
|6:30 pm – 9:00 pm||United Fresh Start Foundation Gala Reception, Dinner & Auction
Fiesta Foyer, Veranda, & Fiesta Ballroom 1 – 10
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
|7:00 am – 2:30 pm||Registration Open
|8:00 am – Noon||Breakfast General Session and Conference
Fiesta Ballroom 7 – 10
|Noon – 1:00 pm||Volunteer Leadership Lunch
Fiesta Ballroom 7 – 10
|1:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Volunteer Leaders Board, Council & Committee Meetings
United Fresh Start Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting
Food Safety & Technology Council Meeting
Supply Chain Logistics Council Meeting
Produce Marketing & Merchandising Council Meeting
Finance & Business Management Council Meeting
Grower-Shipper Board Meeting
Fresh-Cut Processor Board Meeting
Wholesaler-Distributor Board Meeting
Retail-Foodservice Board Meeting
|6:00 pm – 9:00 pm||Volunteer Leaders Reception & Dinner
La Casa Patio
Thursday, January 17, 2019
|All Day||Board of Directors Meeting
Fiesta Ballroom 3, 4, 6 ,8
The FreshStart 2019 Advisory Committee worked to ensure the success of FreshStart 2019.
FreshStart 2019 Advisory Committee:
- David Rajkovich, Giant Eagle Markets – Golf Tournament Chair
- Michael Muzyk, Baldor Specialty Foods – Auction Chair
- Kim St. George, Mann Packing Company – Gala Dinner Chair
- Alex DiNovo, DNO Inc. – Conference Chair
- Helena Beckett, Tanimura & Antle
- Claudia Pizarro-Villalobos, D’Arrigo Brothers of California
- Gabriela D’Arrigo, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York
- Kent Ford, Taylor Farms Tennessee, Inc.
- Jessica Harris, Earthbound Farm
- Jenny Maloney, Bayer Crop Science
- Tony Mitchell, Caito Foods Service, Inc.
- Amy Simeri McClellan, Martin’s Super Markets
All proceeds from the Gala Dinner supported the United Fresh Start Foundation’s programs to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables – ensuring generations of children are growing up fresh.