New York Food Allergy Ball
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Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research, held the 21st Annual Food Allergy Ball on Dec. 3, 2018, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The Ball, which attracted 370 supporters, raised over $2.1 million which will benefit FARE, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and providing them hope through the promise of new treatments. Broadway and recording star Jessica Vosk who is personally affected by food allergies, gave a special performance.
The evening honored Kimberley Yates Grosso for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of families seeing life-changing therapies for food allergy. James R. Baker, Jr., MD, former CEO of FARE, received the Food Allergy Changemaker Award for his leadership at FARE, including the creation of the FARE Clinical Network, a bold collaborative that is changing the face of clinical care and accelerating food allergy research. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Iron Chef and Food Network Celebrity Chef, was honored for her commitment to keeping diners with food allergies safe and setting an example for chefs across the country.
Additionally, Lisa Gable, FARE CEO, announced the kickoff of a $200 million fundraising and awareness campaign, Contains: Courage™. The campaign is a five-year effort to highlight the "ingredients" that make children living with food allergies extraordinary, raise historic funding in support of families managing food allergies, and educate Americans about the disease.
Karen and Lianne Mandelbaum and Diana Riklis and Talia Day were the Gala Dinner Chairs. Joseph Ianniello, President and Acting CEO of CBS Corporation, was the Corporate Dinner Chair. Liana Silverstein Backal and Arthur Backal, Nina Rennert Davidson and Mitchell Davidson, Kathy Franklin, Abby and Robert Goldstein, Helen and David Jaffe, Nicole and Marc Lenner, Roxanne and Dean Palin, and Stacey and Marc Saiontz were the Vice Dinner Chairs.
My hope is that kids with food allergies today will soon be able to live without fear and worry."