27th Annual Power Lunch for Women Raises $1.3 Million for Citymeals

November 26, 2013

On Friday, more than 400 women – leaders in business, media, government, and the arts – gathered at The Plaza Hotel for our 27th Annual Power Lunch for Women. This by-invitation-only benefit, emceed by Katie Couric, raised $1.3 million – enough to provide more than 202,000 meals for New York City’s homebound elderly. 

Honored for their compassion, philanthropy and longstanding support of Citymeals were Betsy Bernardaud, Executive Vice President of Bernardaud and Donald G. Tober, Chairman of Sugar Foods Corporation and founding Citymeals-on-Wheels Board Member. Cyndi Lauper, award-winning singer, songwriter and actress, performed her timeless hit, “Time After Time”, to a backdrop of images of Citymeals recipients.  

Among this year’s lunching ladies were Citymeals-on-Wheels Co-Founder and Board Chair Gael Greene, Co-President of the Citymeals-on-Wheels Board of Directors Anne E. Cohen, Nina Arianda, Cécilia Attias, Jennifer Baum, Aliyyah Baylor, Samantha Boardman, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bobbi Brown, Sharon Bush, Mary Higgins Clark, Joan Ganz Cooney, Laura Day, Elisabeth de Kergorlay, Patricia Duff, Dasha Epstein, Tovah Feldshuh, Ruth Finley, Anne Fulenwider, Kathie Lee Gifford, Trish Goff, Donna Hanover, Caroline Hirsch, Dana Ivey, Harriette Rose Katz, Rikki Klieman, Alexandra Lebenthal, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Debra Messing, Liz Neumark, Cynthia Nixon, Norah O’Donnell, Bernadette Peters, Ruth Reichl, Betty Rollin, Brooke Shields, Silda Wall Spitzer, Christina Steinbrenner, Gloria Steinem, Marcy Syms, Laurie Tisch, Lizzie Tisch, Barbara Tober, Kathleen Turner, Lillian Vernon, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Patricia Wexler, Audrey Wilf, Leslie Ziff, and others.

A few adventurous men were allowed the privilege of lunching with these powerful women for an admission price of $10,000. Among this year’s “$10K Men” were Michel Bernardaud, Joseph Cohen, Bill Fischer, Robert S. Grimes, Rich Krawiec, Daniel Levin, Michael Lynne, Craig Pfeiffer, John Pomerantz, Michel Roux, John Shapiro, Bob Shaye, Myron Stein, Hal Steinbrenner, Jonathan Tisch and Steven Zavagli.

Major sponsors include Bernardaud, Paramount Group, Amherst, Bloomberg and the Travelers Companies, Inc.  Other sponsors include Teleflora, Bentley Meeker, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Citarella, Citi, Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, Marie Claire, Zabar’s and zabars.com, Bellus Wines, Bloomingdale’s, Lalique, Pango Rhum, by Rhum Barbancourt and Setton Farms. Citymeals official sponsors are American Airlines and FIJI Water.

One hundred percent of the money raised from ticket sales at Power Lunch will go toward the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals to frail aged New Yorkers.