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Food Bank for NYC Raises $2 Million at "Can Do" Awards Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 May 2013 13:07

Food Bank For New York City raised a record-setting $2 million, with donations still coming in, to celebrate the organization’s 30 years of service at the Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America on April 30th at Cipriani Wall Street.  Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, Diane Sawyer & The ABC News Hidden America Team, Food Bank For New York City founder Kathy Goldman, Delta Air Lines and Mission Partner Target were honored for their commitment to eradicating poverty and hunger.  Jodisue and Scott R. Feldman served as Can Do Dinner Co-Chairs, and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner and Tony nominee Tony Shalhoub emceed the event.

More than 650 people came out to support Food Bank For New York City in the fight against hunger, including award-winning musician, singer, songwriter and philanthropist, Jon Bon Jovi, who was the evening’s special musical guest. Presenters included Chelsea Clinton, Selita Ebanks, Stephanie March, Lauren Bush Lauren and  Reverend Henry Belin, along with notable attendees such as Mariska Hargitay, Michael Stipe, Rachael Ray, Justin and Lauran Tuck, Josh Charles, Lee Schraeger, Kevin and Erika Liles, Mike Mills, Sandra Lee, David Burke, Anne Burrell, Jill Hennessy, Geoffrey Zakarian, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, amongst others.

“Tonight is a celebration of our commitment over the past 30 years to fighting hunger in the City,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “With proposed cuts to food stamps looming, it is crucial now more than ever to raise the money we need to continue our fight. We’re honored to have the support of our extraordinary celebrity partners and honorees as we strive to provide New Yorkers in need with access to food.”

The evening’s auction, led by auctioneer Brian McCormak of Christie's Auction House, featured celebrity-donated and exclusive items. The Return of the Three Castrati – a once-in-a-lifetime, sit-down dinner for 16 people catered by legendary chefs Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio – went to an evening-high bid of $150,000. Other auction items included a wine country getaway in Napa Valley, luxury seats at Yankee Stadium, first class tickets for two to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and much more.

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