New York Food Allergy Ball

A black tie event with cocktails, dinner, dessert and a program about the latest food allergy news to benefit FARE.

2017 Food Allergy Ball 

2017 Food Allergy Ball

Over 400 guests joined Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Food Allergy Ball on Monday, December 4, 2017 at The Pierre in New York City.  The evening raised over $2 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.                                   

The evening honored “20 for 20,”  a special tribute to individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact in the food allergy community and have contributed to 20 years of progress in food allergy research, education and advocacy:  Janet Atwater, chair of the FARE Board of Directors; Becky Basalone - Teal Pumpkin Project®; Pierre-Henri Benhamou, MD - DBV Technologies Inc.; Dave Bunning, philanthropist; Denise Bunning, food allergy educator, philanthropist and FARE Board Member; A. Wesley Burks, MD – University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Ruchi Gupta, MD - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Judith and John Hannan – co-founders of the Food Allergy Initiative,; The Jaffe Family, co-founders of the Food Allergy Initiative; Stacie Jones, MD - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital, member of FARE’s Research Advisory Board; Gideon Lack, MD - King's College London and Principal Investigator of the LEAP Study; Rebecca and Sacha Lainovic, philanthropists,; Lianne Mandelbaum - No Nut Traveler; Kari Nadeau, MD - Stanford University School of Medicine; Drew Nieporent - Myriad Restaurant Group; Hugh Sampson, MD - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and former chair of FARE’s Medical Advisory Board; Scott Sicherer, MD - Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and FARE Clinical Advisory Board; Judy and Todd Slotkin, founders of the Food Allergy Initiative, former chair of FARE’s Board of Directors; Gwen Smith and Peter Wilmshurst - Allergic Living Magazine; and Joel Warady - Enjoy Life Foods. 

For her dedication and longstanding commitment to raising awareness of the seriousness of food allergies and to FARE, Sharyn T. Mann received the Founders Award. Restaurateur Charles Masson of Majorelle received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to excellence and compassion for diners with food allergies. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was the Corporate Dinner Honoree.

Karen and Lianne Mandelbaum were the Gala Dinner Chairs. Joseph Ianniello, Chief Operation Officer, 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, Joelle and Jonathan Resnick, Diana and Ira Riklis, and Stacey and Marc Saiontz were the Anniversary Dinner Chairs. Tony® Award Winner Rachel Bay Jones gave a special performance. 

For more information about the 2017 Food Allergy Ball, please contact Anne Horning, Senior Director of Special Events at ahorning@foodallergy.org. Details on the 2018 Food Allergy Ball will be available in mid-2018. 

My hope is that kids with food allergies today will soon be able to live without fear and worry."

-Gayle, FARE donor