Celebrity Chefs & Stars Attended The Serving Up Smiles Food Tasting Event To Benefit The #EncourageKidsFoundation
The enCourage Kids Foundation hosted Serving Up Smiles, a premier tasting event that included decadent plates from world-renowned chefs and top named restaurants in NYC, VIP Lounge, world-class wines, cocktails, and incredible auction items at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.
ABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field emceed the program and Chef Ralph Scamardella (Chef & Partner TAO Group Hospitality) served as Culinary Chair.
Guests walked around and enjoyed a variety of different foods and beverages donated by Alvin & Friends, Avo Taco, bakeyorey, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, Bryant Park Grill, Butter, HappyBoards, LAVO New York, Robert, Sfoglia, Spice Culture, Sweets to Crave, TAO Uptown, B. Stuyvesant Champagne, Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, Fever-Tree, FIJI Water, Jade Sparkling Wine, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery,Landmark Vineyards, Newburgh Brewing Company, Owl’s Brew, Revel Spirits Inc., Shinju Japanese Whiskey, Whitley Neill Gin, and Zyr Vodka.
“All of us at enCourage Kids are beyond grateful for the continued support of our donors, sponsors and guests who are committed to the work of our organization. It was a special night to honor the late Michele Hall Duncan, our former president & CEO and acknowledge her hard work throughout the years. We are committed to our mission to make hospitals a better place to get better and we will continue to support our enCourage Kids families,” stayed Joe Wessely, Board Chair enCourage Kids Foundation.
A beautiful memorial video played for Michele Hall Duncan, the late president & CEO of enCourage Kids Foundation who lost her battle this past June to metastatic breast cancer. Wesley Duncan, Michele’s son, delivered a beautiful and meaningful speech, honoring his mother’s 26 years of work with the organization. The organization recently established The Michele Hall-Duncan Child Life Hero award which will be an annual award recognizing a Child Life professional for their outstanding service and dedication to pediatric patients. The award will include a grant to the recipient’s institution to fund a pediatric program as another way to honor Michele’s legacy. The inaugural award will be granted at the 2023 enCourage Kids Gala.
Committed to the mission of enCourage Kids, Erik Coleman (Former NFL Safety & MSG Commentator of Odds with Ends), Jimmy Leyritz (2x NY Yankees World Series Champion), Tony Richardson (NFL Legend & Sports Commentator), and Matt Brust (Former NBA Forward & Finance Expert), who attended and enjoyed eating and dancing the night away with the music provided by Live Wire Band.
Event sponsors included ARK RESTAURANTS, BRYANT PARK GRILL, CAPITAL ONE, COUGAR Capital, The Donut Pub, Feil Family Foundation, GFP Real Estate, ROBERT, Signature Bank, Lucy and David Ball, Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD, BUCHBINDER & WARREN, and Emerson Amusements Company.
EKF has several life-altering programs to help make hospitals a better place to get better. Their Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Program is their cornerstone program and funds grants to hospitals for a variety of programs such as creative arts and music therapy programs and facility dogs for patients and pediatric staff. The enCourage Kids Bear program provides cuddly teddy bears to pediatric patients that provide much needed solace and serves as a valuable teaching tool to help kids develop coping skills.
About enCourage Kids Foundation Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. Their programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also helping pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child–regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.
To get involved with the organization or make a donation: www.encourage-kids.org