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Citymeals-on-Wheels - 28th Annual Power Lunch for Women
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Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford




Event Raises Nearly $1.3 Million

The Plaza Hotel, NYC



Beth A. Shapiro Executive Director Citymeals-on-Wheels and her son Jordan,.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Beth A. Shapiro Executive Director Citymeals-on-Wheels and her son Jordan,
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James Earl Jones and wife Cecilia Hart and Patricia Wexler M.D.
Lara Yunaska.  Phoot by:  Rose Billings/
Lara Yunaska
Aliyyah Baylor.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Aliyyah Baylor
James Earl Jones and his wife Cecilia Hart.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
James Earl Jones and his wife Cecilia Hart
Ruth Messinger.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Ruth Messinger
Liam Neeson.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Liam Neeson
Rikki Klieman.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Rikki Klieman
 Dana Ivey .  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
 Dana Ivey 
Henry Buehl.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/
Henry Buhl
More than 400 women -- leaders of industry, media, government and the arts attended the Citymeals-on-Wheels 28th Annual “Power Lunch for Women” at The Plaza Hotel on Friday, November 21, 2014
This by-invitation-only benefit, emceed by Emmy-winning co-hosts of the 4th Hour of The Today Show Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, were expected to raise $1.3 million – enough to provide nearly 202,500 meals for New York’s
 homebound elderly. 
          Honored for their compassion and commitment to our city’s frail aged were Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and Patricia Wexler, M.D., acclaimed dermatologist and Citymeals-on-Wheels Board Member.
      In a moving tribute, actress Blythe Danner, who is currently performing in Broadway’s The Country House,  read a poignant story about a Citymeals recipient.
Also attending were actor James Earl Jones, who is currently performing in You Can’t Take it With You on Broadway, and actor Liam Neeson.
his year’s lunching women are Donatella Arpaia, Christine Baranski, Ariane Batterberry, Jennifer Baum, Aliyyah Baylor, Carol Becker, Betsy Bernardaud, Alison Lohrfink Blood, Samantha Boardman, Paola Bottero, Alix Boulud, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Sharon Bush, Anne E. Cohen, Patti Cohen, Misty Copeland, Donna Corrado, Cristina Cuomo, Ariane Daguin, Laura Day, Elisabeth de Kergorlay, Patricia Duff, Florence Fabricant, Linda Fairstein, Georgette Farkas,Tovah Feldshuh, Ruth Finley, Randy Fishman, Lynne Florio, Anne Fulenwider, Colleen Goggins, Yusi Gonzalez-Gurrera, Gael Greene, Carla Hall, Donna Hanover, Cecilia Hart, Caroline Hirsch, Dana Ivey, Rita Jammet, Suri Kasirer,Harriette Rose Katz, Rikki Klieman, Alexandra Lebenthal, Katie Lee, Jennifer Oz LeRoy, Phyllis Mailman, Zarela Martínez, Julie Menin, Ruth Messinger, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Liz Neumark, Fernanda Niven, Kristina O’Neill, Jennifer Raab, Ruth Reichl, Deborah Roberts, Betty Rollin, Daryl Roth, Gretchen Rubin, Paulette Satur, Peggy Siegal, Dee Soder, Katy Sparks, Silda Wall Spitzer, Christina Steinbrenner, Marcy Syms, Diana L. Taylor, Vicky Tiel, Laurie Tisch,Lizzie Tisch, Barbara Tober, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Nydia Velázquez, Lillian Vernon, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Tren’ness Woods-Black, Judith Zabar and Leslie Ziff among others.
A couple of dozen adventurous men are allowed the privilege of lunching with these powerful and famous women for an admission price of $10,000.  This year’s “$10K Men” includeJeff Bliss, Daniel Boulud, Henry Buhl, Joseph Cohen, Bill Fischer, Mario Grauso, Robert S. Grimes, Rich Krawiec, Michael Lynne, Richard Melman, Craig Pfeiffer, John Pomerantz, Dennis Riese, Michel Roux, John Shapiro, Bob Shaye, William T. Speck, Stephen Starr, Phil Suarez, Jonas Tåhlin, Jonathan Tisch, Donald Tober, Nick Valenti, David Wexler, Eugene Wexler, M.D. and Steven Zavagli.
One hundred percent of the money raised from ticket sales at Power Lunch, and all Citymeals events, goes toward the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly in the five boroughs of New York City.  All funds needed to cover administrative and fundraising expenses are raised separately and specifically for those purposes and not from the general public.


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