The Food Allergy Initiative Hosts Fundraiser Food Allergy Ball 2008


The Eleventh Annual Food Allergy Ball, presented by the Food Allergy Initiative takes place on Monday, December 8, 2008 at The Waldorf=Astoria.  The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Food Allergy Initiative’s research activities and educational programs aimed at effectively treating and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies. This year’s event will honor Richard Saltzman, President of Colony Capital, LLC, and his wife, Bette, a longtime advocate for food-allergic families.  David and Denise Bunning will receive the FAI Legacy Award for their commitment to bettering the lives of those afflicted with food allergies.  FAI’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Marcus Samuelsson, chef and co-owner of Restaurant Aquavit.

David H. Koch is the Corporate Dinner Chair, Sharyn T. Mann and Todd J. Slotkin are the Gala Dinner Chairs, and Patricia and James Cayne, Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Julia Koch are the Benefit Dinner Chairs.    The festivities for this black-tie Gala start at 7:00 PM.  Kelli O’Hara and David Pittsinger of Broadway’s South Pacific will give a special performance.  Ticket prices are as follows: Tables are available for $50,000, $25,000 and $15,000, and individual tickets are available for $5,000 and $2,500. 

The Food Allergy Initiative is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies.  FAI supports public policy initiatives to create safer environments for the estimated 11 million Americans affected by food allergies. Founded in 1998, the organization also raises awareness by developing educational programs for schools, health and child care workers, and members of the food service and hospitality industries. Please visit for additional information.

For press information, contact Mitchell Manning Associates, LTD. at (212) 980-1711 or fax to (212) 980-1615.

For Gala information contact the Food Allergy Initiative Benefit Headquarters at (212) 627-1000.

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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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