Last night, we celebrated a wonderful evening with so many new and long-time supporters. We are so grateful to all of you who joined us for the Art of Cooking benefit dinner. To our honoree, Jonathan Raiola, Co-Chairs, Benefit Committee, friends, and supporters — your contributions will have a lasting impact. Thank you all for supporting The Sylvia Center’s mission to open new possibilities for young people through healthy food.
Our delicious meal was curated by Chef Michael Lomonaco (Hudson Yards Grill, Porter House Bar & Grill), and the interactive student stations were developed by Chef Ronny Jaramillo (Chela) in collaboration with The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health students. Our students were thrilled to share their newfound skills and talk to guests about their dishes.
No one captured the spirit of the evening better than Future Community Leader Award winner Precious Richards, who said “The Sylvia Center provided opportunities for me to master the tools needed to be successful. Thanks to this program, I am a healthy food advocate for my family, my community, and – most importantly – for myself.” We are so proud that she, and Carla Fontaine, will receive scholarships from FOODMatch to further their education and follow their dreams.
Together, we raised funds that will enable more young people to become advocates for a healthier, more equitable food system in New York City. Through your generosity, our students will continue to become strong advocates for themselves and their communities.
It’s not too late to support these critical programs. Make your gift today!