Sirio Maccioni, Alfred Portale, Daniel Boulud, Drew
Photo by: Julie Skarratt Photography
Annual Food Allergy Ball, presented by the Food Allergy
Initiative (FAI), took place on Monday, December 5, 2011 at
The Waldorf=Astoria. The evening was attended by
approximately 500 supporters and raised more than $4.5
million, which will benefit FAI’s research, education, and
public policy programs, aimed at finding a cure and raising
life-threatening food allergies.
This year’s event
honored Douglas L. Braunstein,
Chief Financial Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Renowned chef
Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar and Grill) received the
FAI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Julia Koch, Sharyn Mann and Todd Slotkin were the Gala
Dinner Chairs. David H. Koch was the Corporate Dinner Chair.
Liana Silverstein Backal and Arthur Backal, Abbey and Steven
Braverman, Patricia and James Cayne, Nina Rennert Davidson
and Mitchell Davidson, Mary Richardson Kennedy, Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr., Roxanne and Dean Palin, and Stephanie Winston
Wolkoff and David Wolkoff were the Benefit Dinner Chairs.
The evening featured a special performance by Audra McDonald
and Norm Lewis, stars of Broadway’s The Gershwins’ Porgy and
Bess. The festivities for this black-tie Gala began at 7:00
The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is a national, nonprofit
501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for food
allergies, which affect up to 15 million Americans,
including 1 in 13 children—two in every classroom. Founded
in 1998, FAI is the world’s largest private source of
funding for food allergy research. Since its inception, the
organization has committed more than $75 million toward
research, clinical activities to improve diagnosis and
treatment, public policy initiatives to increase federal
funding for research and create safer environments, and
educational programs to heighten understanding and raise
awareness. Please visit
www.faiusa.org for additional information.
For Gala information, contact the Food Allergy Initiative
Benefit Headquarters at (212) 627-1000.