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enCourage Kids Annual Fundraiser Shines Bright at Serving Up Smiles

enCourage Kids Annual Fundraiser Shines Bright at Serving Up Smiles

Last night at Chelsea Piers the enCourage Kids Foundation hosted their annual Serving Up Smiles premier tasting event to bring awareness and funds to one of the most prolific organizations in America.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 22: Frankie Smith, Michele Hall Duncan and Dee Mo attends at Current Chelsea Piers Pier 59 October 22, 2019 in New York, NY (Photo by Mychal Watts/Shutterstock)

Over 300 plus guests gathered at waterfront CURRENT to enjoy decadent plates from the hottest chefs and top named restaurants in The Big Apple, world-class wines like Route Stock and cocktails by Disaronno and more. Scott Stanford (Sports/News Anchor) was the emcee for the evening joined by culinary chair Ralph Scamardella, Chef & Partner TAO Group.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 22: DeeMo,John Starks, Luke Petitgout, Ralph Scamadella,Tony Richardson Luke Petitgout attends at Current Chelsea Piers Pier 59 October 22, 2019 in New York, NY (Photo by Mychal Watts/Shutterstock)

“I am so grateful for the tremendous turnout we had for our Serving Up Smiles event. The generosity and support of the restaurants, chefs, sponsors, athletes, celebrities and all of the attendees, was just incredible,” said Michele Hall Duncan, enCourage Kids Foundation President & CEO. “The funds raised from this event will help serve thousands of sick children across the country.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 22: John Starks attends at Current Chelsea Piers Pier 59 October 22, 2019 in New York, NY (Photo by Mychal Watts/Shutterstock)

Continuing she stated, about the mission of the foundation “Family centered care is crucial for kids and families because when the entire family is involved it helps children recover more quickly.”

Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – October 22: Scott Stanford attends at Current Chelsea Piers Pier 59 October 22, 2019 in New York, NY (Photo by Mychal Watts/Shutterstock)

The night of blissful fun was full of appearances by celebrity chefs, athletes including John Starks (Former NY Knicks All-Star), Brent QVale (NY Jets Offensive Tackle), Tony Richardson (NFL Legend & Sports Commentator), Luke Petitgout (Former NY Giants Offensive Tackle) and actors Frankie Smith (Roots/Black & Blue), Suzzanne Douglas (Actress) and DeeMo (Actor/Singer/Songwriter), to name a few.

(Photo by Mychal Watts/Shutterstock)

Participating restaurants and chefs included BAGATELLE (Guillaume Ginther, Executive Chef), BEAUTY & ESSEX (Jamie Sudberg, Executive Pastry Chef), BEN & JACK’S STEAKHOUSE (Admir Alibasic, Executive Chef), BRYANT PARK GRILL (Anne-Marie Noonan, Pastry Chef), BUTTER (Michael Jenkins, Chef de Cuisine), DANNY MACAROONS (Dan Cohen, Baker), HOTEL CHOCOLAT, LAMIA’S FISH MARKET (Lamia Funti, Executive Chef & Owner), LEGASEA (Jason Hall, Executive Chef), OCEAN PRIME (Eugenio Reyes, Executive Chef), OSTERIA MORINI (Andrew Minitelli, Chef de Cuisine), ROBERT (Gonzalo Colin, Executive Chef) SERENDIPITY 3, SFOGLIA (Melisa Panchano, Executive Chef) and TAO GROUP (Ralph Scamardella, Chef & Partner).

(Photo by Mychal Watts/Shutterstock)

“It’s a time to eat wonderful food, meet and mingle with people, learn about one of the best organizations in the world, and give back to the kids and their families. I think it’s a perfect combination of everything,” said Hall Duncan about the amazing line up

Truly there was no place to gather in the city last night than this important event for a great cause.

For more information please visit www.encourage-kids.org

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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