Top left: Karen’s fellow Northwestern alumna Mamie Gummer (who was born the year Karen graduated!) and her mother Meryl Streep arrive at The Plaza Hotel ballroom; Top right: Karen Page; Bottom left: Karen Page and Citymeals Executive Director Beth Shapiro; Bottom right: Citymeals co-founder Gael Greene
“The isolated older New Yorkers we nourish may not see friends or family on a daily basis, but they know they will see their meal deliverer each day. Thanks to the generosity of the women – and men – in this room today, our most vulnerable neighbors can take comfort in knowing Citymeals will always be there to provide a nourishing meal and a warm visit. These seem like small things to most of us, but for thousands of frail aged New Yorkers, your support means they will never be forgotten.”
—Beth Shapiro, Executive Director, Citymeals-on-Wheels
If the pulsating energy in the grand ballroom at Citymeals-on-Wheels’ Annual Power Lunch for Women this past Friday at The Plaza Hotel was channeled through a generator, it could easily run New York City for a year.
That’s what happens when 400+ of the city’s most powerful women — from the realms of business, cosmetics, entertainment, fashion, food, government, law, media, non-profit, and Wall Street — are gathered under the same roof for a lunch that raises more than $1.2 million to feed New York’s homebound elderly.
Top left: Citymeals Board member Suri Kasirer draws a table number from the silver bowl; Top right: Robin Green, Ruth Reichl, and Karen Page; Bottom Left: Karen Page with 2015 emcee Norah O’Donnell; Bottom right: Jenifer Harvey Lang, Laura Day, Barbara Lazaroff, Lauren Vernon, and Karen Page
Co-founded by the late James Beard and the very-much-alive Gael Greene, Citymeals serves more than 2 million meals a year to more than 18,000 senior citizens under the leadership of Executive Director Beth Shapiro.
At Friday’s event, Yusi Gurrera was honored for her commitment to Citymeals as a Board member for more than a decade. She established Citarella as a tireless supporter of Citymeals via its annual in-store Round-Up — a program through which customers can donate to Citymeals at checkout — which has raised more than $620,000.
Top left: Beth Shapiro, Dr. Patricia Wexler, Bernadette Peters, and Karen Page; Top right: Emcee Norah O’Donnell introduces Gael Greene; Bottom left: Francine Farkas, Georgette Farkas, and Karen Page; Bottom right: Pamela Morgan’s shoes
Guests attending this year’s 29th annual lunch included Sharon Baum, Alison Price Becker, Bobbi Brown, Laura Day, Francine Farkas, Georgette Farkas, Kathie Lee Gifford, Robin Green, Gael Greene, Mamie Gummer, Yusi Gurrera, Dana Ivey, Rita Jammet, Jenifer Lang, Barbara Lazaroff, Laura Maioglio, Zarela Martinez, Pamela Morgan, Norah O’Donnell, Karen Page, Bernadette Peters, Ruth Reichl, Shari Scharfer-Rollins, Dee Soder, Linda Stasi, Marcia Stein, Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner, Lauren Vernon, Lillian Vernon, Melanie Young, and Donna Zaccaro.
Top left: Les Dames d’Escoffier members Melanie Young, Karen Page, Laura Maioglio, Jenifer Lang, and Rita Jammet; Top right: A carved pumpkin pays tribute to 2015 honoree Citarella’s Yusi Gurrera; Bottom right: Victoria Amory, Karen Page, Pamela Morgan, and Alison Price Becker
The official sponsors of Citymeals-on-Wheels are American Airlines and FIJI Water. Major sponsors included Absolut Elyx, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomingdale’s, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Citarella, Citi, First Republic Bank, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Sabatino Tartufi, Specialty Food Association, Tao Group, The Travelers Companies, Inc., and Zabar’s and Zabar’s.com.
The VIP “$10,000 Men” supporting this year’s lunch included Daniel Boulud, Bill Fischer, Robert S. Grimes, Michael Lynne, John Shapiro, Bob Shaye, Jonas Tåhlin, and Donald Tober.
A Silent Auction chaired by Citymeals Board members Bobbi Brown and Lizzie Tisch featured coveted items such as lunches with actresses Jane Krakowski and Sarah Jessica Parker, as well as tickets to the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” Also in attendance was actor David Burtka, a fellow food enthusiast we’ve had the pleasure of seeing at the Union Square Greenmarket, shopping with his husband Neil Patrick Harris with their adorable kids atop their shoulders!
Citymeals-on-Wheels is at 355 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10017. Web: citymeals.org.
Note: It literally takes just 2-3 minutes to make a donation online, and your gift will help thousands of homebound elderly New Yorkers receive hot, nutritious meals this holiday season and into the New Year. Please consider making a donation of any size today here.