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Food Bank For New York City to Honor The Edge, Jimmy Fallon, Credit Suisse, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., Time Out New York and Project Hospitality


Michael Stipe, Elvis Costello, Helena Christensen, Mario Batali, Stanley Tucci, Denis Leary, Steven Schirripa, John Ventimiglia, Christy Turlington, Ed Burns, Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray and Other Celebrity Guests Recognize Honorees for Their Commitment to Hunger Relief in New York City.

President Bill Clinton is Honorary Dinner Chair

April 17, 2007...New York, NY  Food Bank For New York City will hold its annual Can-Do Awards Dinner, which recognizes that everyone 'can do' something to end hunger, on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at Abigail Kirsch's Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers (23rd Street and the Hudson River), Manhattan.

The Edge, Jimmy Fallon, Credit Suisse, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., Time Out New York and Project Hospitality, will be honored for their commitment to hunger relief. President Bill Clinton is Honorary Dinner Chair. Mario Batali and Susan Cahn are event Co-Chairs. Stanley Tucci will act as Master of Ceremonies. Auctioneer Piers Davies of Christie's will be joined by celebrity auctioneers, Steven Schirripa and John Ventimiglia, who will lend their star-power to the live auction. Dinner and live auction will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a Champagne and Dessert Reception at 10 pm. The Empire State Building will honor the Food Bank by illuminating ‘Orange,' the color of hunger awareness. For further details and to purchase tickets, visit the Can-Do website or contact the Food Bank Benefit Office at 212-249-6188, or benefitoffice@foodbanknyc.org.

"Each of our 2007 Can-Do Award honorees has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to ending hunger. We applaud their determination, compassion and fortitude," said Lucy Cabrera, President and CEO of the Food Bank For New York City. "For more than two decades, the Food Bank has provided food to those who could not provide for themselves. We could not do what we do without the support of people like those we honor here tonight. Together, we can end hunger. "

THE 2007 CAN-DO HONOREES:
The Edge, legendary guitarist with Irish rock band U2, has demonstrated his staunch support for the Food Bank in a myriad of ways — from creating a formidable, spike covered lunchbox for the Food Bank's first-ever Lunchbox Auction in 2005 to donating funds and appearing in the Food Bank's PSA, "Widening Divide." His contribution to raising awareness of hunger in New York City is immeasurable.

Actor/comedian Jimmy Fallon, whose career launched in 1998 on NBC's perennial late night hit "Saturday Night Live," has been a supporter of the Food Bank since his lunchbox offering (with an inside inscription that read, " It's the Inside that Counts,") at the first-ever Food Bank Lunchbox Auction. His support has continued and currently he can be seen anchoring the Food Bank's new PSA "What's Your Excuse" airing on TV networks and cable stations.

Credit Suisse has supported the Food Bank since 2004. They were one of the founding partners of the NYC Bank-to-Bank Partnership food drive. In October 2006, Credit Suisse partnered with organizations around the world to launch its Global Fight Against Hunger. Their Food Bank partnership includes volunteer efforts, a food drive and several fundraising initiatives including a donation program in their company cafeteria, raffles and a Virtual Food Drive. They have been a generous supporter — contributing funds, volunteers and a breath-taking orange lighting of their tower at One Madison Avenue in support of the Food Bank's NYC Goes Orange campaign.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, conducts business in 27 states. The company takes a progressive, active and constructive role in community, state and national affairs. Charitable giving is a tradition and deeply ingrained philosophy and the corporate and state divisions as well as the employees, are consistently striving to "give back" to the communities in which they operate.

In New York, and at the Food Bank, Southern Wine & Spirits of America is renowned for its generosity. It has partnered with their suppliers to provide generous in-kind contributions and financial support for Food Bank events. Most recently, Southern Wine & Spirits named the Food Bank as its nonprofit partner in the upcoming Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival giving the Food Bank the potential to raise significant funds and awareness toward hunger-relief.

Time Out New York has partnered with the Food Bank since 2003. From providing advertising for Food Bank campaigns and events to developing an annual fundraising program, Time Out For Hunger, and naming the Food Bank beneficiary of their annual Eat Out New York event, Time Out has provided extraordinary support to the Food Bank in its effort to end hunger in New York City. Their efforts have directly contributed to raising more than 384,667 meals for people at risk of hunger in New York City.

Project Hospitality has partnered with the Food Bank for nearly a quarter century. A community-based, not-for-profit agency, it was established in 1982 as a simple food pantry and soup kitchen responding to the emergency needs of homeless and hungry people on Staten Island, New York. Today, Project Hospitality provides comprehensive services for the hungry, the homeless and inadequately housed people, especially those who are living with HIV, substance abuse, and/or mental illness. It is the only comprehensive homeless service provider in the borough of Staten Island, serving more then 5,000 residents each year. Its programs stand as a model of care throughout the hunger-relief community. The Food Bank applauds Project Hospitality's 25 years of advocacy, leadership and service to New Yorkers in need.

One in every four New Yorkers is at risk of hunger. Food Bank For New York City is the city's only food bank and the major supplier of food to approximately 1,200 emergency and community food programs throughout the five boroughs. The Food Bank helps provide the food for approximately 250,000 free meals served each day to the women and children, the elderly, people with disabilities and the working poor who turn to the Food Bank for emergency and community food programs for help. The mission of the Food Bank For New York City is to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. For more information, visit www.foodbanknyc.org.

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