Food lovers and philanthropists alike came together on Thursday, November 20th for the fourth annual Chefs for Impact fundraiser dinner, which helps to provide education to children in rural Africa. The fundraiser was held this year from 6pm-10pm at Studio 450 (450 West 31st St) and featured a spectacular multi-course gourmet menu, cocktail reception, live music, espresso bar, and both live and silent auctions featuring such items as vintage fashion pieces, restaurant vouchers, art, and tickets to a variety of entertainment options around the city.
Featured chefs included: Andrew Whitcomb of Colonie, Pierre Thiam, a leader in African-influenced cuisine and author of Yolele! Cookbook, Mark Henegan of Madiba Restaurant and soon-to-open Madiba Harlem, Gary King, of Peter’s, Peño Pierre-Louis of soon-to-open Naked Dog, and Eric Simeon, previously of Todd’s Mill, Picholine, and Aquavit. Desserts were provided by Pistache NYC, Gooey&Co, and Eileen's Special Cheesecake. The event also featured an espresso bar from Joe Coffee.
Newly opened By The Hudson (712 W 125th St.), owned by Fernando Reynoso and Giulio Tata, will be spreading the good vibes this Thanksgiving! On Saturday, November 22nd at 11am, the New American-inspired restaurant will be giving away approximately 100 turkeys, weighing between 10 - 14 lb, to residents of the neighborhood on a first come first serve basis! And, of course, you'll need a bag to carry that glorious turkey in, right? By The Hudson will also be giving away custom-made tote bags!
It's finally time to bring out your Joey-inspiried Thanksgiving pants, folks!
Founded by Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess of the band FUN. and designer Rachel Antonoff, The Ally Coalition is a charity dedicated to helping and providing support to organizations that help the LGBTQ youth. On Tuesday, December 12th at New World Stages (340 W 50th Street), Bleachers, Girls' Lena Dunham, Ingrid Michaelson, funny lady Janeane Garofalo, Andrew McMahon are few of the names who are joining the cause and coming together for a night of laughter, music and raising awareness (and money towards) LGBTQ support.
ScarJo and Jamie Foxx fans are going to love their pre-Thanksgiving weekend! In honor of Champions of Rockaway and Generous Giants' dedicated work to rebuilding and providing help to over 200 families still surviving through the damages of Hurricane Sandy, Scarlett Johansson and her brother, Hunter Johansson, will be hosting the evening's festivities on November 18th at Hudson Terrace. The evening will begin with a seated dinner, following, Jamie Foxx will lay out his chart-topping hits. An awards ceremony celebrating the City’s most distinguished leaders in disaster response and recovery will close the event. Proceeds from the event will support the work of both Giants of Generosity and Friends of Rockaway.
The 4th Annual Wall Street Rocks Benefit Concert, held this past Monday, welcomed rock legends Warren Haynes, John Popper and Billy Gibbons to the stage of the Highline Ballroom, who all used the compelling power of music to raise money for America’s Heroes.
Over the last four years, Wall Street Rocks has brought together a diverse support system of employees across the financial, technology and entertainment industries to show their support for our brave soldiers, raising an impressive $350,000 for our nation’s heroes. This year the funds raised will go to ReserveAid, a non-profit organization that is committed to providing financial support to Reservists as well as National Guard members who are deployed or recently returned home from deployment.
Thursday, November 13th will prove to be a great day for the foundation known as Room to Read. This charity aims to raise money for literacy and gender equality within Asian and African communities. Enjoy an evening of exquisite 3-course cuisine as well as live entertainment provided by 6-time Russian Grammy Award-Winner Ariana Grinblat, the Nina La Voix burlesque dancers, and others. During the evening, guests have the opportunity to auction on items from producers such as wines from Acker Merrall & Condit, jewelry from Tuleste Jewelry, Lydell NYC Jewelry & Miranda Hope Jewelry, fitness classes, dance classes and zip-lining.
This past Friday night, Lucky Strike was abuzz with do-gooders and pro athletes, some bing a mashup of the two. CC Sabathia, pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his wife Amber hosted their annual kick off celebration for the CC Challenge that would be taking place the following day. In an effort to raise money for their charity, The Pitcch In Foundation, they host an "Amazing Race" style event with multiple teams competing for first place. CC informed us that "The Amazing Race" is the couple's favorite show. "We wanted to do something to raise money that was different than the usual charity events like bowling or golf."The bowling alley was filled with members from most of the teams who came out to fellowship, mingle, and talk a little trash to their opponents. As each team took their place in front of the step and repeat for their team picture, many walked away saying things like "that's the winning team" and "remember these faces tomorrow." As Dusse liquor was one of the many gracious sponsors, delicious cocktails were passed around along with fulfilling appetizers and snacks. While eating and drinking, guests could also partake in a rousing game of bowling. Although the competition wasn't set to start until Saturday morning, teams took this as an opportunity to set a precedent for the skill that would be showcased only a few hours later at the challenge. All in all, the event was fun and it was a great way to kick off the challenge. Teams were able to meet their opponents and scope out the competition. Also, they got to hear all the rules in advance which would prove to make advance strategizing much easier. CC and Amber were elated to host the event and eager to raise money for their foundation that would eventually be used to "enrich the lives of inner city youth."
Usually, after a drunk night out you look at your bank account cringe wondering how on earth you spent $23.75 at McDonalds??? Well, Miley Cyrus makes some much better drunken mistakes. Instead of waking up in a strange place or regretting emotional texts from the night prior, she is plagued with the good deed of donating $500,000 to charity. The young pop star was at the AmfAR Gala when she had had a few drinks and felt it necessary to out bid Rihanna and Tom Ford for the photo of a naked woman painted by Ryan McGinley and then donate $200,000 to AIDS research.
"I’m a little drunk. That’s why I’m a half million deep,” said the singing sensation to the crowd. She spoke openly about the prevention and awareness of AIDS, in a casual manner. If you have to make drunk mistakes, these are the kinds to make!
Joonbug.com took a walk on the healthy side for New York's Stroke Day event. Sponsored by Covidien, in partnership with the World Stroke Organization, the "Take 2 Tell 2" campaign was meant to spread awareness about the horrific symptoms of a stroke. Kristen Taekman from Real Housewives of New York was present to share her story and inform others about the facts. With 2 uncle's who suffered from strokes, she was happy to provide our readers and guests of the event with words of advice. "I have learned so much in the past two weeks. It's the second leading cause of death in the world, and one in six will suffer a stroke in our lifetime." She explained that, as a mom, you get information from other moms. This is why the Take 2 Tell 2 campaign is so beneficial, "by telling your story or hearing other people's story, you're going to recognize the warning signs."
On Monday November 17th, 2014, The Metropolitan Club will host the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's Annual Fall Gala. This annual dinner is a fantastic opportunity to donate to a wonderful cause while experiencing the finest dining the city has to offer. The menu will be the creation of renowned chef Anita Lo, author of Cooking without Borders, with Jay McInerney, best-selling author and wine critic serving as the evening's sommelier.