On Monday, November 6, we broke all of our fundraising records, earning more than $700,000 to help families fighting cancer at this year’s Cooking Live! New York presented by Oath.
Created by celebrity chef Ming Tsai, the fundraiser brought Worst Cooks in America’s Anne Burrell, Chopped’s Amanda Freitag and The Chew’s Carla Hall together to prepare a five-course meal live in the center of the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park ballroom. Several of our families affected by cancer joined us, making this a truly special evening for all.
Mario Muredda, President of our pro-bono partner Harrison and Star, stands with Family Reach CEO Carla Tardif after receiving this year’s Ming Tsai Leave Your Mark Award. The award honors those who have demonstrated steadfast commitment to our mission.
Guests Bryant Gumbel and Harris Schwartzberg help Ming Tsai as he prepares the evening’s first course – tea-smoked salmon – paired with a Patrón Cinnamon Sunrise from our cocktail sponsor Patrón Tequila.
Christine Rogers donned a Cooking Live! presented by Oath apron and joined chef Amanda Freitag in the round as a sous-chef to prepare the fourth course – braised short ribs with root vegetable puree, black garlic and horseradish crumble!
Special thank you to all of the sponsors, partners and donors who made this event such a success! Your support ensures families battling cancer have the resources they need to keep a roof over their heads, put food on the table, maintain access to treatment and, ultimately, increase their chances of survival.