On Monday, September 23, SHARE hosted its 16th Annual "A Second Helping of Life" tasting benefit, a fundraising event that helps SHARE provide educational programs, literature, and support groups to women affected by breast or ovarian cancer. The event features prominent women chefs in New York City and pairs them with philanthropic celebrity sous chefs for a night of delicious food, star-studded company, and a gorgeous view from the Chelsea Piers - all for a great cause!
This year, twenty-five chefs cooked up signature bites for guests to try with the help of their celebrity sous chef counterparts. Chefs such as Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar and Pearl Kennebunk & Spat Oyster Cellar, Nasim Alikhani of Sofreh, Jelena Pasic and Dardra Coaxum of Harlem Shake, and executive chef Barbara Sibley of La Palapa participated in this year's event, among others.
Guests were able to chat with celebrity sous chefs like Tony nominated actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, Olympic figure skater JoJo Starbuck, actress Laila Robins, and Pix11 News' Tamsen Fadal, who was the executive sous chef of the evening.
The event was also hosted by ABC News' Amy Robach, a breast cancer survivor, who was diagnosed after an on-air mammogram for Good Morning America.
The evening's honorees were chosen for their work and dedication to not only the breast and ovarian cancer community, but to women as a whole. The honorees included chef, television personality, and breast cancer advocate Sandra Lee, Elyse Spatz Caplan on behalf of Novartis Oncology, and Andrea Jung of Grameen America, who accepted the Anne Grant Advocacy Leadership Award.
Sandra Lee, a breast cancer advocate known for her HBO documentary short RX: EARLY DETECTION A CANCER JOURNEY WITH SANDRA LEE, expressed the need for cancer education and programs via video and shared her gratitude to those attending that evening.
Elyse Spatz Caplan is a 28 year breast cancer survivor, and uses her personal experience to fuel her drive to support and educate families affected by cancer at Novartis Oncology.
Andrea Jung is the current President and CEO of Grameen America, a non-profit dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. She was also the first female CEO of Avon products Inc., putting an emphasis on supporting women and advocating for breast cancer awareness.
We want to give a big thank you to everyone who attended and support the event this year - we could not have done it without you! We cannot wait to see you all next year!