Food Allergy Ball - New York City

The 19th Annual Food Allergy Ball was held at the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York on December 5, 2016. This year’s gala raised over 2 million dollars and was attended by over 450 people. Guests of Honor, Helen and David Jaffe, were recognized for their longstanding commitment to FARE’s mission. The Jaffes, parents to four children with life-threatening food allergies, have a long history of corporate citizenship and personal philanthropy. The peanut-, tree nut- and shellfish-free dinner was inspired by Chef Gabriel Kreuther, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to excellence and compassion for diners managing food allergies. JetBlue Airways was the Corporate Dinner Honoree for their commitment to keeping airline passengers with food allergies safe during their travels. Guests were treated to a special performance by Tony® and Grammy® award-winner Billy Porter.

FARE is grateful for the generous support of all who attended. We thank Karen Mandelbaum and Lianne Mandelbaum, who served as the Gala Dinner Co-Chairs, Joseph Ianniello who served as Corporate Dinner Chair and Sharyn T. Mann, the Honorary Dinner Chair. Thanks also to Vice Chairs Liana Silverstein Backal and Arthur Backal, Abbey and Steven Braverman, Dr. Patricia and James Cayne, Nina Rennert Davidson and Mitchell Davidson, Kathy Franklin, Abby and Robert Goldstein, Nicole and Marc Lenner, Roxanne and Dean Palin, Joelle and Jonathan Resnick, Diana and Ira Riklis, and Stacey and Marc Saiontz.

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Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit and find us on Twitter@FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.