That’s a wrap! Highlights from Cooking Live! New York

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Presented in front of an exclusive audience, Cooking Live! is a dynamic, interactive fundraiser prepared by an all-star lineup of chefs with the help of celebrity guests and local pediatric patients. On Monday, November 14, we broke all of our fundraising records, bringing in nearly $600,000 at this year’s Cooking Live! New York, where we welcomed many friends, both old and new.

In the round, our National Advisory Board President and celebrity chef Ming Tsai was joined by Masaharu Morimoto, Todd English, Shaun Hergatt, Eric Levine, Brett Portier, Alan Dancyger, and Philip Medora. This talented team did not disappoint and our guests went home having tried an enticing array of food. Special guests Bryant Gumbel and Daya brought extra energy to the room, making our attendees laugh, smile and even sing. For our families battling cancer, it was a night they’ll never forget.

Family Reach's Cooking Live! charity event, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Family Reach/AP Images)

Celebrity chefs and guests Alan Dancyger, Philip Medora, Masaharu Morimoto, Ming Tsai, Todd English, Brett Portier, Eric LeVine and Bryant Gumbel pose with our CEO, Carla Tardif, and the families who inspire us each and every day.

 

1. Ming Tsai (chef, restaurateur and our National Advisory Board President), Jesse Rogers (XXXX), Carla Tardif (Family Reach CEO), Bryant Gumbel (Emmy-award winning broadcaster) and Todd English (chef and restaurateur) come together through food to experience a one of a kind event.

Ming Tsai (chef, restaurateur and our National Advisory Board President), Jesse Rogers (Family Reach supporter), Carla Tardif (Family Reach CEO), Bryant Gumbel (Emmy-award winning broadcaster) and Todd English (chef and restaurateur) came together through food to experience this one of a kind event.

 

Kathy and Bob Stahl (Stah & Associates Insurance), Chelsea Virden and Edmund Greenidge (Johnson & Johnson) and Rosie Cunningham (Family Reach) enjoying the cocktail hour at Cooking Live.

Kathy and Bob Stahl (Stah & Associates Insurance), Chelsea Virden and Edmund Greenidge (Johnson & Johnson) and Rosie Cunningham (Family Reach) enjoying the cocktail hour at Cooking Live!

 

Lee Applebaum (Patrón) and his wife Jennifer enjoy a fun night of food and drinks as they learn more about our goal of eliminating the financial toxicity from the lives of those fighting cancer.

Lee Applebaum (Patrón) and his wife Jennifer enjoy a fun night of food and drinks as they learn more about our mission to alleviate the financial burden of cancer.

 

Our devoted pro-bono partners at Harrison and Star settle in to watch the chefs prepare the five delicious dishes.

Our devoted pro-bono partners at Harrison and Star settle in to watch the chefs prepare  five delicious dishes.

 

Todd English, Daya (singer/songwriter) and Ming Tsai prepare the fourth course of the evening with twins Olivia and Sabrina. Olivia is currently battling a rare form of leukemia and Sabrina is her bone marrow donor.

Todd English, Daya (singer/songwriter) and Ming Tsai prepare the fourth course of the evening with twins Olivia and Sabrina. Olivia is currently battling a rare form of leukemia and Sabrina is her bone marrow donor.

 

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National Advisory Board members Kenji Freedman and Paul Krasinski are all smiles during this Cooking Live! candid.

 

3. Stay Madison, Founder of Stacy’s Pita Chip Company and Stacy’s Juicebar snap a photo before the evening unfolds.

Stacy Madison (Stacy’s Juicebar) and Carla Tardif snap a photo before the evening unfolds.

 

Attendees Andrea and Toni Callus strike a pose on the Cooking Live runway.

Attendees Andrea and Toni Collis strike a pose on the Cooking Live! floor.

 

National Advisory Board member Joe Abbruzzese received our 1st annual Leave Your Mark Award. Joe has sponsored countless Family Reach events and turned his annual 100-mile cycling ride in the Hamptons into a Reach Athlete fundraiser. Thanks, Joe, for your tireless dedication to our mission.

National Advisory Board member Joe Abruzzese received our Leave Your Mark Award for his dedication to our mission. Joe has sponsored countless Family Reach events and turned his annual 100-mile cycling ride in the Hamptons into a Reach Athlete fundraiser. Thank you Joe, for all you do.

 

Andrea and Richard Morello (founders) and Donna Cuningham (treasurer). The Morellos founded Family Reach back in 1996 with the Colangelos in memory of Christopher Colangelo and Kristine Morello-Wiatrak.

Marilyn and Richard Morello (Family Reach founders) and Donna Cuningham (Family Reach treasurer). The Morellos founded Family Reach back in 1996 with Andrea and Jimmy Colangelos in memory of their children Kristine Morello-Wiatrak and Christopher Colangelo.

 

Ming Tsai, Christine Rogers (XXX), Masaharu Morimoto and Bryant Gumbel whip up the second course – Laksa Tan Tan Noodles paired with TYKU Black Junmai Ginjo Sake.

Ming Tsai, guest Christine Rogers, Masaharu Morimoto and Bryant Gumbel whip up the second course – Laksa Tan Tan Noodles paired with TYKU Black Junmai Ginjo Sake.

 

Family Reach's Cooking Live! charity event, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Family Reach/AP Images)

Ming Tsai’s first course, caramelized shallot poached Norwegian salmon with Thai basil-cauliflower fried rice.

 

Family Reach's Cooking Live! charity event, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Family Reach/AP Images)

AJ and Lindsey Wyman smile as their two-year-old daughter, Emma, steals the show with her contagious laughter. Emma is currently battling a rare form of sarcoma.

 

Jimmy Colangelo (Family Reach founder) and Donna Cunningham  celebrating a fantastic night raising awareness of Family Reach’s mission.

 

Stephanie Herman (XXX) looks on as we raised awareness and support for our family’s fighting cancer through family stories, food and a one of a kind event.

Guest Stephanie Harman looks on during the hands up segment of the night, which brought in $176,000.

 

Family Reach's Cooking Live! charity event, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Family Reach/AP Images)

Customized cupcakes thanks to Julio’s mother Melissa. Julio was, and continues to be,  a special part of our Family Reach community.