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Lidia Bastianich to Be Honored at Upcoming NYC Gala
Sunday, April 06, 2008 | posted by Mike

No posts last Friday as a result of me wanting to take my birthday off and spend it doing what I do best...drinking and eating. A couple of pints at The Black Sheep off Rittenhouse Square and then dinner at Vietnam over in Chinatown, which was very good. Anyway, back to work...

Those of you who don't own a tuxedo may see the world "gala" and get nervous, but having been to a couple of these soirées in my time means I see the appeal of getting all gussied up and spending a night out on the town. And if you can get to see a legend of Italian cuisine at the same time? Even better!

Bpeace, an organization that "help[s] women in regions of conflict and post-conflict start businesses," will be honoring Bastianich at an event to be held next month in New York. You can check out the details below.

Coming herself from a location of change and conflict (post-war Istria, which was ceded by Italy to Yugoslavia after the Second World War), Bastianich's successful restaurants make her an outstanding example for a group that wants to promote entrepreneurship among women.
Third Annual Bpeace Gala
Wednesday May 14, 2008, 6PM
Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York, NY
Festive Attire

The Bpeace Gala on May 14th in New York City is a fun and festive event and our most important annual fundraising activity. Funds raised keep our offices in Kigali and Kabul open and provide field grants and training to the Rwandan and Afghan female entrepreneurs in our program.

Our goal is to net $200,000 through table and ticket sales, live and silent auctions our very successful "Fund a Cause" moments.

There are lots of new highlights this year, including a new venue - the fabulous Capitale in New York City - a CNBC-TV host - and a special honoree who is bringing her friends and family to support Bpeace.

Cookbook author, Public Television Host, Chef and Restaurateur Lidia Bastianich is receiving our first Bpeace Economic Impact Award recognizing the businesses her family has built and the ripple effect they have produced in terms of jobs created, business partners who have prospered, with the result that thousands of families have fashioned a better future for themselves and their children. This directly mirrors the effect we wish for Bpeace activities - that our Rwandan and Afghan Associates build strong businesses that foster peace, prosperity and stability in their communities.

The evening will include cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction. Tickets: $500.00




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