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“Through the Kitchen” Benefit Raises Record $1.2 Million for CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowships

May 07, 2014 | Alexandra Mulvey

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Through the Kitchen had its most successful run ever, raising more than $1.2 million to benefit CRI’s Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. More than 250 guests—including the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, singer Tony Bennett, fashion designers Tory Burch and Dennis Basso, and television personality Regis Philbin—donned aprons and helped themselves to dishes named for the evening’s theme, “Celebrating the Art of Dance.” Guests had dishes like MACARENA and Cheese, GIMME A Beet, and DO THE Mussel HUSTLE, and proceeded to the restaurant’s famed Pool Room, where 25 elaborately decorated tables evoked famous dances from around the world, from ballet to salsa and beyond.

After introductory remarks by Perri Peltz, the evening was concluded by a live auction by Jamie Niven, chairman of Sotheby’s, Americas. All proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will benefit CRI’s Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which funds outstanding young cancer immunologists at distinguished universities around the world. Since Through the Kitchen’s inception, the event has raised more than $10 million—half of that within the past five years alone—to fund promising young scientists focused on studying the immune system and its power to conquer cancer.

CRI extends its special thanks to event co-chairs Christine and John Fitzgibbons, Denise and Michael Kellen, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Jamie Niven, Margaret and Andy Paul, Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, Betsy and Paul Shiverick, Jeanne and Herbert Siegel, Diane and Tom Tuft, and Lauren and John Veronis.

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