Wellness in the Schools Annual Fundraiser

17 May

Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a program that gets into the mix.  When I think of WITS, I think of their Cook in Residence at PS 126, Robin Hom, pushing kids in the lunch line to eat chicken cacciatore and roasted broccoli rather than take a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or Chef Bill Telepan nearly inside a steam kettle checking out the contents, or Nancy Easton across the table from a principal assessing the progress of the program in their school.  I think of everyone hard at work, because that’s been my experience with WITS.  Well, every once and a while a nonprofit has to go from behind the scenes and into the spotlight to raise the money necessary to keep things moving forward.  Last night was that time for WITS at their annual fundraiser.     

The International Culinary Center (ICC) was happy to support the event with Chefs Annette Tomei, Angela Dimino, Tara O’Keeffe, and student Darelle Green preparing and serving 500 plus Almond White Gazpacho Shooters with Shrimp and Grissini to a hungry crowd.  The ICC is both a financial sponsor and restaurant affiliate of WITS and we’re proud to be a part of their work behind the scenes and under the spotlight.  Though final tallies aren’t in, the night definitely looked like a success; but if there’s one truth in nonprofits, it’s that more help is always needed.  To find out more about how you can help WITS, check out www.wellnessintheschools.org.

A picture of our culinary team at the event…

Of course, the student is hard at work in the background.

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