New York (October 21, 2013) – Autism Speaks to Wall Street: 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Gala, a night of fine dining and entertainment, brought together the culinary talents of world-renowned chefs to help raise funds and awareness of autism. The event, hosted by NBC News Special Correspondent Meredith Vieira, raised more than a million dollars for Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy initiatives. Participating chefs included Tom Colicchio (Colicchio and Sons); Rocco DiSpirito; Graham Elliot (MasterChef); Masaharu Morimoto (MORIMOTO); Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto); Wylie Dufresne (WD-50); Franklin Becker (Top Chef Masters); Brian Voltaggio (Top Chef); Laurent Tourondel (Arlington Club); and many others.
This year's gala took place in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District at Cipriani Wall Street. The evening kicked off with well-known chefs presenting hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail reception. Following cocktails, more than 90 of the world’s finest chefs – one chef per sponsor table – prepared and served four-course meals tableside exclusively for their guests. As dishes came out, attendees were treated to a special performance by Talina Toscano, a songwriter and vocalist with autism who is quickly making a name for herself on the national stage.
Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright served as the evening’s honorary co-chairs and Franklin Becker, Susan and Philip Harris, Alison and Duncan Niederauer, and Suzanne and Shawn Rubin served as the event co-chairs. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research.
Donate to this event by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Volvo S60 or a trip to the Cayman Islands! Purchase your ticket here http://bit.ly/16iKi3U.
The raffle closes Monday, October 28th.
Photos by Josh Wong Photography
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Watch a video below of some of our chefs!