Giving Philanthropists Something to Chew On: The United Way’s What’s On The Table Event

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SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK-The United Way of New York City held its popular “What’s On The Table” event for the second year in a row at the beautiful home of Avis and Bruce Richards.  Headed up by a dynamic list of Co-Chairs including:  Susan L. Burden, Dorothea Hurley and Jon Bon Jovi, Avis and Bruce Richards, and Tom Colicchio and his wife Lori Silverbush, the event focused on bringing attention and awareness to the work necessary to combat hunger and improve nutrition for vulnerable children and families.  In addition to the impressive list of Chairs, the host committee also included a who’s who list of New Yorkers including:  Lauren Bush Lauren, Alino Cho, Candice S. Cook, Katie Lee, Cindy and Tom Wagner, among others.  Each person used their extensive network to bring together those in the philanthropic community who are passionate about ending hunger in New York City and making fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to all New Yorkers.  The event afforded guests an opportunity to enjoy food prepared onsite by chefs from event co-host Tom Colicchio’s celebrated restaurants:  Craft, Craftbar, Craftsteak, Colicchio & Sons, and Topping Rose House.

The Richards’ Hamptons home provided a spectacular backdrop for the dynamic affair.  The beautiful event included not only delicious food, but also music from a DJ that kept the party going and inspirational and moving speeches from Tom Colicchio, Jon Bon Jovi, and Lori Silverbush.  Party goers participated in a lively and exciting auction and were treated to a swag bag area that provided traditional swag/giftbags as well as fresh vegetable stations where guests were encouraged to take home the amazing produce.   It was a festive and memorable night for all.  In the spirit of keeping the party going, the after party was held at the Georgica Restaurant in the exclusive hamlet of Wainscott in East Hampton.  Guests from across the New York social scene and young philanthropists including:  Apprentice Africa’s Eunice Omole, Arielle Ergas, Ariel Feldman, Jennifer Friedman, Josy Hamren, Harley Levine, Carla Losak, Chloe Richards, Lee Rubenstein, Jennifer Tuft, Eric Mouchet, Harry Simmons, Dr. Erika Faust, and Ron Myers were also in attendance.

For more than 70 years, United Way of New York City has been working for low-income New Yorkers.  The organization helps to ensure that short-term needs are being met while they simultaneously work on long-term solutions to problems by investing in and leading evidence-based initiatives that target the root causes of poverty.

For more information, visit the United Way of New York City

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