“I could not be happier to be here tonight to honor Deanna London, after giving 25 years of everything she could, anything for the food pantry,” said Stephen Colbert, standing atop a step ladder tonight as he toasted London, outgoing executive director of Montclair’s Human Needs Food Pantry. “But what those years meant to members of the community
Deanna London, right, reads her list of 10 things she’s learned in her 25 with Montclair’s Human Needs Food Pantry at her retirement party/fundraiser and gets appreciative chuckles from hosts Tracy Higgins and Jim Leitner, and special guest Stephan Colbert, Friday night, Feb. 1, 2013.Colbert, his wife, Evie, and some 150 guests bid London adieu at the Stonebridge Road home of Tracy Higgins and Jim Leitner. London was honored at what was also the pantry’s first fundraiser in its 30-year history. About $50,000 was raised, including a matching gift from an anonymous donor.
“The Food Pantry is an ongoing opportunity for everyone in the community to give of themselves,” Colbert said, “and to help other people and that is a gift to yourself that people often forget and often deny themselves, but is just as vital, just as essential, just as nourishing as bread.”