Food Bank For New York City Celebrates 30 Years of Service to NYC at Star-Studded Can Do Awards Gala April 30th
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April 18, 2013
FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
OF SERVICE TO NYC AT STAR-STUDDED, CAN DO AWARDS GALA APRIL 30TH
HONORING MARIO BATALI & SUSAN CAHN, DIANE
SAWYER & THE ABC NEWS HIDDEN AMERICA TEAM, FOOD BANK FOUNDER KATHY GOLDMAN,
& DELTA AIR LINES
JON BON JOVI TO PERFORM
New York, NY, April 18, 2013 — Food Bank For New York City — the
city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout
the five boroughs — will celebrate its 30th Anniversary of service
to New York City at the Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America, on
Tuesday, 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, and Delta Air Lines will be honored for their commitment to eradicating
poverty and hunger. Jodisue and Scott R. Feldman serve as Can Do Dinner
Co-Chairs and multi-Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Tony Shalhoub will emcee the event.
Award-winning musician, singer, songwriter and philanthropist, Jon Bon Jovi, will be the special
musical guest at the 30th Anniversary Dinner. Jon was honored at the
Can Do Awards Dinner in 2009 for his commitment to bringing
heightened awareness and aid to the issues that adversely impact humanity.
Can Do Honorees Mario Batali
and Susan Cahn have actively
supported Food Bank For New York City for over two decades by tirelessly working
to end hunger in New York City while raising millions of dollars for the
organization. A Board Member since 2003, Mario Batali is founder and chair of
Food Bank’s Culinary Council which brings together prestigious leaders in the
culinary industry. In 2011, Batali and Food Bank launched Community CookShop,
education to families in need throughout New York City.
Diane Sawyer and the ABC News Hidden America Team will be
honored for shedding light on difficult and previously under-reported topics
including the realities of extreme poverty in America. Sawyer, a long time
supporter of Food Bank, has won multiple awards for her work reporting on the
issues of hunger and devastation across the nation.
For more than
forty-five years, Can Do Honoree Kathy
Goldman, has been an innovator and a determined advocate for hunger-relief
who has helped initiate groundbreaking food programs in New York City. In 1983,
she joined forces with other community leaders to found what has now become
Food Bank For New York City in response to the growing need for emergency
Do Corporate Honoree, Delta Air Lines,
is the official airline of Food Bank For New York City, who has provided
financial support, travel and volunteers to sustain Food Bank’s mission since
Target, Can Do Mission Partner Awardee, has been
providing food, funds and talent to Food Bank For New York City since 2004.
With Food Bank, Target continues their legacy of community service by
recognizing innovative ways to directly impact those who need it the most.
“Our extraordinary Can Do honorees have each demonstrated
an uncommon commitment to ending hunger. We applaud their passion, their
compassion and their generosity of spirit,” said Margarette Purvis, President
and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “Food Bank For New York City
could not do what we do without the support of each one of you, who
continuously says, I ‘Can Do.’”
The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner and
both a live auction hosted by Brian McCormak of Christie’s Auction House, and
an exciting silent auction. The silent auction is now live at http://ibidmobile.net/fbnyc/auction/.
The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping to provide support
for the 2.6 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put food on the table for
themselves and their families. One in
five New Yorkers already relies on Food Bank programs and services to eat,
including one in five children. And the news on the horizon presents further
challenges. On November 1, 2013, sweeping Congressional cuts to food stamps
(now know as SNAP) will take effect resulting in the loss of approximately 60
million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For
New York City helps provide five meals.
Tables/Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-249-6188 or by emailing
About Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 30 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, 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 community-based
member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for
New Yorkers in need. 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.