Food Bank for Westchester Raises $85,000 to Help Feed County’s Hungry -- Sold Out Crowd Enjoyed Gourmet Wine Tasting Dinner

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The Food Bank for Westchester recently hosted its 14th Annual Take Heart Against Hunger, its Valentine’s Day Gourmet Wine Tasting Dinner, at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown. The event was chaired by Rick Rakow, president and CEO, Rakow Commercial Realty.

The Food Bank for Westchester recently hosted its 14th Annual Take Heart Against Hunger, its Valentine’s Day Gourmet Wine Tasting Dinner, at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown. The event was chaired by Rick Rakow, president and CEO, Rakow Commercial Realty.

More than 300 people attended the event in support of the Food Bank for Westchester, the supply and support center for nearly 200 hunger relief member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Last year, the Food Bank distributed five million pounds of food to hungry children and their families in Westchester.

“We are so pleased with the turnout for our annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser and graciously thank all of our sponsors, donors and partners for helping to make the event a success,” said Christina Rohatynskyj, executive director of the Food Bank for Westchester.

PBG Foundation and Greenfield, Stein & Senior were Gold Sponsors of the event; Kraft Foods, Rakow Commercial Realty, Webster Bank, McCarthy Fingar LLP, Diversified Investment Advisors and Bleakley Platt were Silver Sponsors; Bronze Sponsors Normandy Real Estate Partners and Community Mutual Savings Bank; and Patrons were Key Bank and Shamberg, Marwell, Davis and Hollis.

Alison Awerbuch, partner/Executive Chef of Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions, prepared a five-course gourmet dinner. Wines chosen specifically for the event were donated by Pernod-Ricard USA.

The Food Bank for Westchester is located at 358 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood, NY 10546. For more information, visit http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org or call 914-923-1100

About the Food Bank for Westchester: The Food Bank for Westchester’s mission is to lead, engage and educate Westchester County in creating a hunger-free environment. It solicits and administers donations from both the public and private sector, distributing food through approximately 200 hunger relief member agencies. Its core activity is the collection and distribution of donated, government and purchased food. The Food Bank distributes more than five million pounds of food to member agencies annually.

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