The Jannotta Family Feed, founded to help feed the needy, raised $17,000 for the Connecticut Food Bank at its 13th annual gathering, the family announced.

The party was Nov. 30 at Vazzy's Restaurant at the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Club.

The event was founded by Anthony Jannotta, currently legal counsel to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a former assistant state attorney general. This year's event was attended by local, state and federal officials, including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, First Selectman Michael Tetreau, state Sen. Anthony Musto and state Rep. Tony Hwang, according to a news release.

"No Connecticut family should go hungry, and we are committed to helping those in need." Jannotta said in the release.

The Connecticut Food Bank provides food to more than 500 programs, including emergency food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, day care centers, low-income elder services and residential programs.

Jannotta said he held the first fundraising dinner after reading a news report that local food banks were in need during the holiday season.

In the news release, Nancy Carrington, the food bank's executive director called the annual event "a heartwarming example of how a family can connect its own tradition of holiday celebrations with the act of helping others in need and inspiring their friends to do the same."