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Recap: Taste Of Hope At 82 Mercer In NYC To Benefit American Cancer Society

Chloe Lipman and Erica Blum.

Chloe Lipman and Erica Blum. (Photo Credit: Maureen Donohue.)

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 the American Cancer Society held their one hundredth  birthday celebration at 82 Mercer and hosted the  Eight Annual Taste of Hope event. This event was organized by Event Director, Erica Blum, and Chloe Lipman, Manager of Events. The honoree of the evening was Chef Marc Murphy. This was the third year that the annual Taste of Hope event was held at 82 Mercer. Taste of Hope was sponsored by: Wine Spectator, Front of the House, Olshan, Tasting Table, 82 Mercer, Alex and Ani + Energy, Peroni Italy, Vinitaly International and DNAinfo.com Manhattan Local News.

The money raised at the eight annual Taste of Hope event will be used towards cancer research, patient service programs within the New York City area, and everyday expenses and needs for cancer patients. Some of these expenses include wigs for chemotherapy patients and hotel expenses for those who need treatment in New York City but live a significant distance away.

American Cancer Society's 100th cake along with candles for sale to benefit the organization.

American Cancer Society’s Hundredth Cake. (Photo Credit: Maureen Donohue.)

The event had a tremendous turnout of 850 attendees.  The American Cancer Society’s goal was to raise $175,000. Midway through the evening $125,000 was brought in. The opportunities to support the American Cancer Society were plentiful. Candle purchases were available, which later topped the large American Cancer Society  one hundredth birthday cake. Also, an auction and raffle were held. The items available for auction varied from clothing, jewelry, handbags to autographed sports gear and pictures. The unique items were significantly price reduced for bidding. The raffle consisted of lifestyle and beauty, sports and fitness, food and beverage, and entertainment prizes. About sixty raffle prizes were listed. A few of these lavish winnings being, a one-month membership to 92nd Street Y, $50.00 gift card to Hale and Hearty, a pair of tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman, or a $150.00 gift card to Vanilla Hair Spa. All proceeds from Taste of Hope will be going towards the American Cancer Society’s ultimate goal: eliminating cancer as a major health concern.

Maureen Donohue and Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Maureen Donohue and Chef Marcus Samuelsson. (Photo Credit: Maureen Donohue.)

Over sixty venues devoted food, beverages, and staff to host the event. The diversity of food was noteworthy. Parkway Bakery and Tavern and Chef Justin Kennedy came all the way from New Orleans to be a part of the evening. Chef Justin Kennedy served an exceptionally mouthwatering one of a kind dish, BBQ Alligator Poor Boy with a Creole Remoulade Sauce. Various pastry restaurants attended, such as Pinkberry, Fabipops, Carlo’s Bakery, Sprinkles Cupcakes, William Greenberg Jr. Desserts, and many others. Numerous beverages were at hand as well. Beverages consisted of wine, tea, hot chocolate, and flavorsome cocktails. Art and Spirit Mixology’s  Mixologist, Ektoras Binikos served The Lotus, Hanger 1 Buddha’s Hand Vodka, Cointreau, Masthia, Yuzu, and Bergamot Bitters. Chef Marcus Samuelsson, represented Harlem’s Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club along with Chef Joel Harrington. Samuelsson and Harrington served the Rooster BLT: Pork Belly, Green Tomato Jam, and Mustard Seed Mayo. All of the dishes served had you coming back for more! Attendees were able to move around the venue from table to table filling their bellies while mingling.

Marc Murphy, Jennifer Podoll, Todd English, Chris Wragge and Don Distasio. Photo Credit: Hideki Aono.

Marc Murphy, Jennifer Podoll, Todd English, Chris Wragge and Don Distasio. (Photo Credit: Hideki Aono.)

The major event speakers were Todd English and Chef Marc Murphy. Both  English and Murphy spoke about how cancer is a tremendous health issue and it effects not only the individual with cancer, but everyone. It affects an individual with cancer, the cancer survivor, the cancers caregivers, and everyone connected to them. Chef Marc Murphy mentioned that his wife was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago, but is now cancer free. There are over 13 million survivors, and as English and Murphy said, “The goal is to put the American Cancer society out of business.”

Chef Marc Murphy cutting the cake with Penny.

Chef Marc Murphy cutting the cake with Penny Isop. (Photo Credit: Maureen Donohue.)

Chef Marc Murphy cut the American Cancer Society’s  hundredth birthday cake along with a Penny Isop, a strong woman who is fighting cancer, and whose birthday happens to be on Saturday May 4th. Penny is staying for free in New York City through the American Cancer Society while she is receiving her cancer treatments.

The Taste of Hope had a successful outcome. The various dishes and beverages served by the various venues were immaculate. It was guaranteed that everyone left bellies bulging. The American Cancer Society is the official sponsor of birthdays. Being the  hundredth birthday of the American Cancer Society, they desire to help more individuals fight cancer and celebrate more birthdays. To learn more about how you can get involved and fight against cancer click here.

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