The 17th Annual Spring Luncheon, presented by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE),** took place on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year's luncheon was decidedly quieter than previous years with slightly less fanfare but just as big on it's overall message and the support of the family members and supporters of food allergy sufferers. The event kicked off with a cocktail hour allowing attendees to become familiar with a half dozen allergy free (nut free) vendors as well as the opportunity to peruse the 2016 Silent Auction items.*** Additionally, raffle tickets were also made available for purchase.
The 2016 Luncheon was hosted once again by WABC New York Anchor Lori Stokes . The 2016 honoree was Abbey Braverman one of New York City's leading food allergy awareness advocates. To follow are highlights: Lori Stokes welcomes attendees; James R. Baker Jr. MD addresses the crowd; attendees view Heather Braverman's short film--a story on her unique nut allergy experience at a local restaurant; Abbey Braverman is honored with the Legacy award from her daughters Heather and Julia Braverman; Amanda Palin, a FARE youth ambassador addresses luncheon attendees thanking them for continued support; Luca Padovan and Jim Kaplan two children with multiple food allergies share their stories and enthusiasm for continued support; Lori Stokes kicks off the Silent Auction.
Lunch was served during the presentation which ended with desserts that followed the close of the Silent Auction bidding period. All attendees departed with giant gift bags**** packed with allergy free (including nut-free, dairy-free-soy free) goodies as well tons of FARE info etc.
Noteworthy event attendees included: Julie Ader, Liana Silverstein Backal , Laura Tisch Broumand, Helen Jaffe, Roslyn Jaffe, Lianne Mandelbaum, Amie Rappoport McKenna, Roxanne Palin, Melissa Rosenbloom, and Stacey Saiontz are this year’s Co-Chairs. Jennifer Hoine, Stephanie Leichter, and Anna Yaeger are the Vice Chairs. Harriette Rose Katz and the Gourmet Advisory Service Team are the Event Advisory Chairs. Jessica Mukasey Barkoff, Elizabeth Hecker, Lisa Jacobs, Sarah Kugelman, and Jamie Lichtenberg are the Goodie Bag Co-Chairs. Jolie Goldring, Nicole Lenner, Melissa Meyers, Kim Raimondi, and Jennifer Fisherman Ruff are the Raffle Co-Chairs.