Wednesday May 04, 2011 | 11:54 PM

More than 200 supporters of the Good Shepherd Food Bank celebrated 30 years of feeding Maine's hungry tonight at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. The JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award Dinner started with a cocktail party in a section of the ballroom that was lit to look like a night club. When it was time for dinner, the wall partition was opened and we all admired the donated food stacked high on shelves and conveyor belts around the room.

Sydney Kucine, a sophomore at Casco Bay High School, sang the national anthem and Good Shepherd President Rick Small said an invocation before we enjoyed a three-course meal.

After dinner and dessert, we were treated to a program that featured two short films, a handful of speakers and the presentation of the night's award. A theme running through all the remarks was the tremendous need for food in every community in Maine. What really broke my heart was learning that one in five Maine children is going hungry right now.

As the recipient of last year's award, TD Bank Maine Market President Larry Wold had the honor of bestowing the award this year. He and Rick Small are pictured above.

Here Larry Wold presents Albert Lepage, chairman of Lepage Bakeries, and Andy Barowsky, president of Lepage Bakeries, with this year's JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award. The award is named after the organization's inspirational founder.

Capping off the evening was Maine's leading man of laughs Bob Marley, who even brought some audience members to tears with his antics.

Be sure to pick up the May 8 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and all the details from the party.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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