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The Food Allergy Initiative Spring Luncheon - Thursday, 5/3/2012 2:55 PM

Atmosphere at Cipriani 42nd Street

The Food Allergy Initiative's Thirteenth Annual Spring Luncheon took place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Cipriani 42nd Street. An estimated 550 supporters came out for event. The fundraiser, a popular, much anticipated annual event, raised $784,000 to date. Proceeds will benefit the Food Allergy Initiative’s research, education and advocacy programs, all aimed at finding a cure and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies.

2012 Co-Chairs Abbey Braverman, Roxanne Palin and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were each in attendance, taking and detailing their dedicated involvement to FAI. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff explained, "I have a husband with peanut and tree nut allergies and two kids with tree peanut allergies. It's a wonderful, close community and I was very happy to be involved in doing great things, like research and awareness. I just felt this is what I needed to dedicate myself to."

Abbey Braverman, Roxanne Palin and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Melissa Rosenbloom served as the Event Advisory Chair. Jessica Mukasey Barkoff, Elizabeth Hecker, Jamie Lichtenberg and Lana Platin were the Goodie Bag Co-Chairs. Liana Silverstein Backal, Nicole Lenner, Melissa Meyers and Jennifer Fisherman Ruff were the Raffle Co-Chairs. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Hugh Sampson, an internationally-known researcher and Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Lori Stokes, Anchor, WABC-TV, was the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Lori Stokes

The luncheon began at 11:00 AM and consisted of tasty allergen-free foods. Support levels were as follows: Tables were available for $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500, and individual tickets were available for $2,000, $1,000, and $500.

Attendees were privy to an assortment of silent auction items: Live in the Vineyard (Destination Experience), valued at $4,000, a Nov. 1-Nov.4 Napa trip for 2; a Kids Package, valued at $1,365, that includes a Harmony by Karate private session; a Simply Sports Week in June; a Family Photo Session in Central Park with Marisa Brazzo; a Little Pim Deluxe Gift Set, etc.

An incredible afternoon was had by all.