SAVOR—GMHC’s Gastromonic Fundraiser

The fourth annual GMHC fundraiser, SAVOR, will be held on Monday, March 7, at Gotham Hall, highlighting the organization’s food and nutrition program that serves 10,000 clients each year. SAVOR is a gala event with a serious purpose, to continue GMHC’s humanitarian efforts to bring hot meals and nutrition counseling to the city’s HIV/AIDS community.

Joan Tisch will be honored for her efforts and achievements to end AIDS, receiving the first ever Judith Peabody Humanitarian Award, named for the dedicated GMHC volunteer and supporter who died last year. In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, both women worked tiredlessly to raise awareness of the health crisis, even when doing so defied social convention.

“We started SAVOR four years ago in order to bring attention to and raise critical funds for our important food programs,” said Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, GMHC’s Chief Executive Officer. “While GMHC annually serves 100,000 hot, nutritious meals, access to food remains a daily struggle for thousands of HIV-positive people throughout NYC and the United States. By recognizing Judith’s life-long commitment to GMHC and the vital work Joan continues to do today, we share our tremendous gratitude for the supporters who make programs and services at GMHC possible.” (Hill, in photo above with event host, Ted Allen).

Judith Peabody’s daughter, Elizabeth Peabody, and her husband, Samuel Peabody, will present this distinguished award to Joan Tisch.

The evening will include a cocktail reception and silent/live auctions of exclusive culinary and travel packages and experiences. Among the exciting items on the block includes a premium cocktail party for 60 people in the intimate stone-walled wine cellar of Macelleria—one of the first restaurants to lead the revival of the Meatpacking District.

The four-course menu will be specially designed by some of New York’s most celebrated chefs, including Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Stephen Lewandowski of Tribeca Grill, Francois Payard of Francois Payard Bakery, and Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Café. Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Planet Green’s hit TV show The Fabulous Beekman Boys will co-chair the dinner, which will also incorporate sustainable food practices and showcase the best local produce in celebration of New York’s culinary artistry. Food Network’s Ted Allen will return to serve as Event host.

Monday, March 7, 2011
7 p.m. cocktails
8 p.m. dinner and program
Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
For more information and to buy tickets, go to the
GMHC website

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