Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New York Cares Winter Benefit

New York Cares, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987 by a group of socially conscious friends, held its Winter Benefit last night at the Edison Ballroom. New York Cares supports disadvantaged New Yorkers by creating suitable programs and recruiting volunteers for local nonprofit agencies, public schools, and numerous other deserving organizations. Each year, more than 48,000 volunteers participate in programs including: Citywide Days of Service, Corporate Volunteering, Disaster Preparedness, Youth Service Opportunities, and Holiday Coat and Gift Drives.

Last night's event featured cocktails, dinner (Appetizer: red beet, string bean and goat cheese salad; Entree: filet mignon with bordelaise sauce, roasted chicken breast with caramelized onions and white wine sauce, or miso glazed chilean sea bass; Dessert: molten chocolate cake with creme anglaise, or New York style cheesecake with strawberries) and a holiday auction. Restaurants such as Artisanal, Ristorante San Pietro, SHO Shaun Hergatt, Sparks Steak House, and Per Se generously donated items to the auction. Although the auction has closed, there is always time to make a tax-deductible donation.

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