FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY RAISES $1.4 MILLION
FOR HUNGER-RELIEF AT STAR-STUDDED ANNUAL CAN-DO AWARDS DINNER
Ebro North America, BronxWorks Honored for Commitment to Ending Hunger
Cabrera, Ph.D., President & CEO of Food Bank For New York City,
Receives Lifetime Achievement Award ~
New York, NY, April 8, 2011— Food
Bank For New York City raised $1.4 million at its Ninth Annual Can-Do
Awards Dinner which raised $1.4 million for hunger-relief. The event
was held on Thursday evening, April 7, 2011, at Abigail
Kirsch’s Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River. The Food Bank
is the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food
poverty throughout the five boroughs. Ebro North America President
& CEO, Peter F. Smith, and BronxWorks Executive Director Carolyn McLaughlin,
were honored for their commitment to hunger-relief. Lucy Cabrera,
Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank, received a Lifetime Achievement
Award for 23 years of service to the organization. Co-chairing the dinner
was Chef/Author Mario Batali and his wife Susan Cahn. Jon
Stewart, one of America’s top
social and comedic figures, was
Can-Do's Special Guest. TODAY Show Co-Host and America's best loved weatherman,
Al Roker, hosted. Multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter
Sarah McLachlan, provided an intimate musical performance.
More than 700 people joined Mario Batali, Jon
Stewart, Al Roker and Sarah McLachlan to support the Food Bank's
fight against hunger, including: Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Fallon, Michael
Stipe, Mariska Hargitay, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Rachael Ray, Anne
Burrell, David Burke, Jill Hennessy, Christopher Meloni, Josh Charles, Hoda
Kotb, Isaac Mizrahi, Gail Simmons, Michael Schlow, Joy Bauer, and
Auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie's took
the room to an all-time high for the live auction that raised $257,000.
The high-bid on the auction block was a whopping $90,000 X 2 or $180,000 for The
Three Castrati. Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and David Chang (the Three
Castrati) will prepare and serve a dinner for 12 in the private dining room of
Manzo, Eataly. Six savory courses will be paired with wines
selected from the Eataly wine shop and Eataly Chef Michael Toscano will delight
the high bidders and guests with passed hors d'œuvres and desserts.
And a musical serenade will be sung by the legendary Jon Bon Jovi!
auction items included a golfer's dream vacation in Scotland donated by Delta
Airlines BusinessElite®; Round-trip on Delta Airlines BusinessElite® to Italy
for five nights in a super suite at Rome Cavalieri, plus dining, spa and a
private tour of the hotel's prized 1,100 piece museum-quality art collection;
and a weeknight escape or weekend lunch for 50, aboard your own private yacht
charter, The Lexington from Prestige Yacht Charters, with cuisine by Cesare
Casella and wine selections from Bastianich wines.
Stewart took the stage for 10 minutes and spoke about hunger as only Jon
Stewart Can-Do! “Applaud yourselves for being here and raising money,” Stewart
said to a packed ballroom of Food Bank supporters. “I just want to say to Mario
this is the nicest Seder I've ever been to”.
Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping to provide support for the 1.5 million New York City residents who rely on
the Food Bank's programs and services. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank
helps provide five meals. This is a critically important year for the Can-Do
Awards Gala as unemployment remains high and food costs are soaring. New York
City residents are being forced to make impossible sacrifices including
reducing their food intake and the quality of their food to get by financially.
"Our 2011 Can-Do
Award honorees have demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to ending
hunger. The Food Bank applauds their efforts and thanks them on behalf of
all New Yorkers who are struggling to put food on the table," said Lucy
Cabrera, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City.
"Today, almost one in five New York City residents lives below the federal
poverty line — many of whom will turn to us in the months to come. They
don't give up and neither can we. With your continued support, all New Yorkers
can have a future in which hunger is a thing of the past."
North America is honored to partner with the Food Bank for New York City,"
said Peter F. Smith, President and CEO of Ebro North America.
"Ronzoni pasta and Carolina rice have helped nourish New Yorkers for over
ninety years. The Can-Do Awards event allows us all to celebrate our
significant accomplishments of the past year. Ebro North America looks forward
to a continued partnership with the Food Bank to ensure that every New Yorker
has sustained access to one of life’s most basic necessities: affordable food.”
is honored to be a Can Do Award recipient. Our partnerships with the Food
Bank have enabled us to keep the safety net strong in these difficult
times," said Carolyn McLaughlin, BronxWorks Executive Director.
special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Lucy Cabrera, who will
retire effective May 31, 2011. Dr. Cabrera has led the Food Bank for more
than two decades. Under
leadership, the Food Bank’s mission has expanded beyond food distribution to
ongoing support and resources that enable approximately 1,000 community-based
member programs to build capacity and connect low-income New Yorkers with
much-needed benefits and services.
guidance, the Food Bank has become the city’s only hub for integrated food
poverty assistance, tackling the hunger issue on three fronts – food
distribution, income support and nutrition education," said Rev. Henry
Belin, Chairman of the Food Bank Board of Directors. "The board and the
entire Food Bank staff appreciate the passion Dr. Cabrera has brought to the
organization over the years, and her many meaningful contributions.”
look back on my career at the Food Bank with great pride,” said Dr. Cabrera.
“Our organization has grown from a small provider to one of the country’s
largest and most prestigious food banks, serving 1.5 million New Yorkers
today. I leave behind an organization that is in a strong financial
position, has a stellar reputation, and has an independent research wing.
I’m confident that the strength of our member network, a highly committed board
of directors, and a skilled and dedicated executive team will take the Food
Bank to the next level."
evening concluded with a special performance by multi-platinum, Grammy-Award
winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. For Sarah, music and philanthropy
are intertwined. She contributed the track "Hold On" to the
1993 AIDS-Benefit Album No Alternative, and performed on the star-studded
tsunami disaster relief telethon on NBC, as well as during the concert One
World: The Concert for Tsunami Relief. She participated in the
Philadelphia installment of the Live 8 concerts, which was one of nine held
simultaneously in nine major cities around the world. In addition, McLachlan
was a co-founder of the historic Lilith Fair, an all women music festival which
donated over $10 million dollars to local and national women’s charities www.lilithfair.com.Sarah also funds an
outreach program in Vancouver which provides free music education classes to
inner-city youths whose school music programs have been reduced or abolished by
budget cuts. Said Sarah, “Music is a gift”. It connects us to each
other and to ourselves. Through it, we share our stories and our
emotions, and we create a whole new way of communicating."
ability to speak from the heart also connects her to the Food Bank. Much
like Sarah's commitment to helping young people and the victims of tragedies
around the globe find their voice, the Food Bank speaks for 1.5 million New
Yorkers who rely on our programs and services and who often cannot speak for
themselves," said Lucy Cabrera, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Food
Bank For New York City. "We applaud Sara's efforts and we welcome her to
the Food Bank family. At a very difficult time when more than three
million New York City residents are struggling to put food on the table, we are
honored to have her support. We know her music will lift all of our
spirits at Can-Do and beyond."
About the Food Bank For
New York City
Food Bank For New York City
recognizes 28 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to
end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for
integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on
three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all
strategically guided by its research. Through its network of approximately
1,000 community-based member programs citywide, the Food Bank helps provide
400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank’s hands-on
nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of
children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free
tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put
millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them
to achieve greater dignity and independence. 94% of donations go directly
toward food distribution, acquisition and programs in all five boroughs of New
York City. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.
Photos by Peter Dressel
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