Please join us on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at Sotheby’s for The Art of Cooking, a gala dinner and live auction honoring Rachael Ray and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. All proceeds from this benefit dinner will go to support The Sylvia Center and our cooking programs in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers. As a special treat, part of the dinner will feature dishes prepared by Sylvia Center chef instructors and student chefs!
Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. Since 2006, Yum-o! has teamed up with a variety of partner organizations to accomplish its three-tiered mission: Cook, Feed and Fund.
The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City facilitates innovative public-private partnerships citywide in areas including the environment, youth development, health, financial empowerment, volunteerism, and the arts. During the Bloomberg Administration, the Mayor’s Fund has helped pilot and expand several healthy eating initiatives including The Sylvia Center’s programming, the citywide school gardens initiative, salad bars in schools, and NYC Green Carts.
Through a partnership with Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, The Sylvia Center provides healthy cooking and nutrition classes in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) community centers that reach over 2,000 children and teens each year. The program helps young people develop knowledge of and love for cooking, become conscious consumers, and make healthy food choices for themselves and their families.
The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire children to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. Through our programs, children learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare it for themselves and their families. We teach skills that inspire children to establish independent healthy eating habits—so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.
Sponsorship Tables and Tickets
To ensure that your entire contribution goes toward supporting our programs at The Sylvia Center, please note that our preferred method of payment is via check. This will help us avoid credit card and ticket fees.
The Sylvia Center Art of Cooking Gala
c/o McEvoy & Associates
32 Union Square East
New York, NY 10003
Individual tickets are also available online here.
Diamond Sponsor $50,000
Provides funding for one NYCHA Community Center after school and family cooking program for one year and one 6-month, fulltime Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm internship. Includes Premium table of 10; Diamond electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $48,500 is tax-deductible.
Platinum Sponsor $35,000
Provides funding for one NYCHA Community Center after school and family cooking program for one year. Includes Prominent table of 10; Platinum electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials; acknowledgment from the podium. $33,500 is tax-deductible.
Gold Sponsor $20,000
Provides funding for youth and teen cooking program at one NYCHA Community Center for one year. Includes table of 10; Gold electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials. $18,500 is tax-deductible.
Silver Sponsor $12,500
Provides funding for family cooking program at one NYCHA Community Center for one year. Includes table of 10; Silver electronic journal ad; recognition in program and online materials. $11,000 is tax-deductible.
Platinum Benefit Ticket $2,500
One ticket to the benefit. Recognition in program and online materials. $2,350 is tax-deductible.
Gold Benefit Ticket $1,250
One ticket to the benefit. Recognition in program. $1,100 is tax-deductible.
Silver Benefit Ticket $750
One ticket to the benefit. $600 is tax-deductible.
Electronic Journal Ads
An ad buys you time in our electronic journal, which will be prominently projected throughout the evening. Ads due by September 30, 2013
Diamond Ad $2,500
Platinum Ad $1,500
Gold Ad $1,000
Silver Ad $500
Cindy & David Edelson
Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman
Amy Todd Middleton & Curt Middleton
Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger
Sharon Avneri & Colin Finkelstein
Lizzie & Scott Domansky
Lara & Doug Holtz
Dina & David Weinstein
Amy Berlin Wolpert & Ivan Wolpert
Jody & John Arnhold
Alison Block & Stephane Gerson
Donna & Anthony Barrett
Laura & Lloyd Blankfein
Leslie Dezer & Ricardo Salmon
Lauren & Lee Feldman
Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg
Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum
Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs
Barrie Glabman & Adam Schwartz
Rozanne Gold & Michael White
Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin
John G. Hall
Harriet & Len Holtz
Maureen & Jonathan Holtz
Robert L. Ireland, Jr.
Stacey & Curtis Lane
Fran & Jack Levy
Amanda & Marcel Lundberg
Jackie Mahal & Ben Segal
Dodi Meyer, MD
Lori & David Moore
Heidi & Richard Rieger
Rebecca & Arthur Samberg
Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler
Jill & Howard Sharfstein
Peggy & David Tanner
Teri & Barry Volpert