Food Allergy Initiative to Host 11th Annual New York Spring Luncheon and 4th Annual Benefit Dinner


Food Allergy Initiative LogoThis spring, the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is busy hosting fundraisers, and tickets are now open to purchase for the two big events:

FAI's 11th Annual New York Spring Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at Cipriani 42nd Street. All proceeds will benefit FAI's research activities and educational programs aimed at effectively treating and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies.

Abbey Braverman, Roxanne Palin, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff are the luncheon co-chairs. Liana Silverstein Backal, Nina Rennert Davidson, Melissa Meyers, and Jennifer Fisherman Ruff are the Raffle Co-Chairs. Jessica Mukasey Barkoff, Elizabeth Hecker, and Lana Platin are the Goodie Bag Co-Chairs, and the Event Advisory Chair is Melissa Rosenbloom. Lori Stokes, Anchor, WABC-TV, is the mistress of ceremonies. World-renowned researcher Dr. Hugh Sampson, Professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will speak at the event.

The luncheon begins at 11:00 AM and support levels are as follows: Tables are available for $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, and individual tickets are available for $2,000, $1,000 and $500.

For more information on this event, contact FAI at (212) 207-1974 or fax to 917-338-5130.

The 4th Annual Benefit Dinner of the Food Allergy Initiative Northwest will take place at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 14, 2010, at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom.  The inaugural event, held in 2007, raised approximately $375,000 and sold out within days.  The 2008 event, which had over 250 attendees and raised $450,000, featured a multi-course French meal from nationally renowned and locally beloved “chef in the hat” Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s and in 2009 FAI honored Chef Johnathan Sundstrom of Lark.  This year, Mark Fuller of  Spring Hill will receive FAI Northwest’s Lifetime Achievement Award and his restaurant staff will complete food allergy awareness training.

Seats are limited.  Tables are available for $50,000, $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000.  Individual tickets may be purchased for $1,000, $500, or $350.  

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Linda Sahlin at (206)285-0848.


About FAI

Founded in 1998, the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and effective treatment for food allergies and anaphylaxis—a potentially deadly allergic reaction that can be triggered by a trace amount of the wrong food.  Food allergies affect more than 12 million Americans—including some 3 million children and teenagers under age 18—and cause an estimated 125,000 emergency room visits every year. Headquartered in New York, FAI has raised and invested more than $42 million toward research, clinical activities to improve diagnosis and treatment, public policy initiatives, and educational programs to raise awareness among health and child care workers, schools and camp staff, and members of the hospitality and food service industries. For more information, visit

FAI Northwest was founded by a group of dedicated local parents who wanted to heighten food allergy awareness in the Northwest while raising funds to find a cure. Every member of FAI Northwest has a child with a life-threatening food allergy or is a doctor who treats food-allergic individuals.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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