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My View: Friars Are Charitable But This Friar is The Best!

My View: Friars Are Charitable But This Friar is The Best!

The Friars Club raises lots of funds for the needy in the world of entertainment, but the lives of New York’s homeless and hungry are helped greatly by Friar Francis Gasparik the President and Co Founder of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters. 

Tony Danza performed, and Olympia Dukakis was the guest of honor last night at the 27th annual charity event “Doodle for Hunger” for the benefit of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.  The evening was hosted by Fox News Anchor Ernie Anattos, and the celebrity auctioneer was Tony Lo Bianco.  As in all of the organization’s past 26 galas many of New York’s famous were in attendance and there were lots of Doodle Art work and valuable items in the silent and live auctions.  This year’s celebrity Art Auction Gala was presented by Margo & John Catsimatidis. Fr. Francis Gasparik O.F.M., Cap. co-founder and President and executive director and co-founder Joseph Sano led off the evening.  They pointed out that an estimated 1.4 million New Yorkers rely on emergency food programs and homelessness is at the highest level since the great depression.  The number of homeless is 86% greater than ten years ago.  “For the individuals and families that are assisted by St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, the care, the sustenance and shelter received are their life line as they face overwhelmed systems and exhausted helpers”.   Last night at Chelsea Piers many generous New Yorkers helped provide that life line.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of Doodle for Hunger go to Broadwayworld.com)

Fr. Francis Gasparik, O.F.M., Cap. President Co Founder St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters

Fr. Francis Gasparik, O.F.M., Cap. President Co Founder St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters

Tony Danza & Joseph Sano, President Co Founder

Tony Danza & Joseph Sano, President Co Founder

John Catsimatidis, Olympia Dukakis, Joseph Sano

John Catsimatidis, Olympia Dukakis, Joseph Sano

Tony Lo Bianco, Alyse Lo Bianco, Eda Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff

Tony Lo Bianco, Alyse Lo Bianco, Eda Sorokoff, Stephen Sorokoff

Olympia Dukakis & Eda Sorokoff

Olympia Dukakis & Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff, Christina Rose, Lorri Scott, Richard Soloway

Eda Sorokoff, Christina Rose, Lorri Scott, Richard Soloway

Donna Soloway & Eda Sorokoff

Donna Soloway & Eda Sorokoff

Eda Sorokoff & Tony Danza

Eda Sorokoff & Tony Danza

Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers

Doodle for Hunger

Doodle for Hunger

(For complete photos of the event go to Broadwayworld.com)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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