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Quahog Challenge Cooks Up Hope for HAC Clients

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 10:52 AM
QuahogChallenge17-2.jpgAn attendee samples a stuffed quahog made by Sea Dog Brew Pub in Yarmouth. There were a total of 11 chefs and nine restaurants who competed in this year's Cape Cod Quahog Challenge. 

On a sunny Sunday at the beginning of last month, 11 local chefs and 9 Cape restaurants and their staff chose to donate their time, energy and talents to cooking up some much-needed hope for HAC and the clients they serve.

That hope can in the form of tasty samplers of a regional dish – stuffed quahogs – served up as part of the agency’s 3rd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis. “We all have choices for what we do on a beautiful Sunday on Cape Cod and the fact that you’re all here really means a lot to all of us,” HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi told this year’s competitors.

Together, the 11 participants and the nearly 300 people in attendance helped HAC raise more than $30,000 that will go to support the agency’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

In the amateur category, Ron Winner led The Shepley Shuckers to their third straight victory, besting newcomer O’Keegan’s Quahogs cooked up by HAC staffer Jodi Keegan. Keegan and her friend Amanda O’Connell dug up all the quahogs, plus blue crabs, that were used in her recipe.

QuahogChallenge17-1.jpgFor the third straight year, The Shepley Shuckers came out on top in the amateur category. 

It was a similar story in the restaurant category where Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar of Eastham, took home its third title. Coming in second and third, respectively, were newcomers Cape Tip Seafood Market of Truro and Wicked Good Seafood Truck of East Falmouth.

When master of ceremonies Matt Pitta of Cape Cod Broadcasting asked Wicked Good Seafood’s Bill Henrique what the secret ingredient was in their stuffies, he replied, “love” to laughter.

Cape Tip Seafood’s Courtney Roach expanded upon that notion when the market was handed its second place trophy. “If you make it with love, it tastes better,” she said.

“It’s all about the love here today,” Pitta chimed in.

And it’s that special ingredient which will make a major difference in the lives of those looking for safe, secure housing on Cape Cod.

To view more photos from the 3rd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, visit our Facebook page here

Tags: Affordable Housing on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Broadcasting, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Shepley Wood Products, Matt Pitta, Quahog Challenge, Ron Winner, Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, Jodi Keegan

HAC Welcomes Jodi Keegan to the Agency

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, May 25, 2017 @ 09:19 AM

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In the few weeks that Jodi Keegan has been at HAC, she has quickly discovered that the agency’s work is all about serving the clients. “When I first started here, it was really emotional listening to some of the client experiences,” she said, relaying an instance in which the expense of paying for new brakes on a car nearly led one single mother to homelessness. “HAC was able to step in and help. Hearing that really touches at my heartstrings and that’s just a small part of what we do.”

Since the beginning of April, Keegan has played a role in HAC’s efforts as its new executive coordinator. In that capacity, she is assisting CEO Alisa Galazzi and supporting the senior management team.

A native Cape Codder, Keegan lives in Falmouth with her husband Patrick, a goldsmith at Keegan’s Jewelers. The couple have four children, Joscelyn, Danielle, Garrett and Jaimie.

She comes to HAC from Gosnold, having spent the past nine years as its development coordinator. Prior to that, she enjoyed a 15-year career in the banking industry. These experiences provided Keegan with a knowledge of the best practices in healthcare and customer service that is now influencing her work at HAC.

She expressed excitement for her latest career challenge. “I am filled with pride knowing the number of people that we’ve been able to help,” she said. “I love being here. I love the work that we do. I enjoy interacting with our clients. And I am passionate about Alisa’s vision for HAC’s future and honored to play a part in that vision.”

As a member of the Wampanoag Tribe, HAC’s mission closely aligns with Keegan’s passion for community. “I feel a strong connection to Mother Earth and I find great fulfillment in helping others,” she said.

Tags: Alisa Galazzi, HAC staff, Jodi Keegan