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Inside the Food Bank NY Can-Do Awards Dinner

By Samantha Boden
Posted On Apr 21, 2016
Inside the Food Bank NY Can-Do Awards Dinner

The star-studded Food Bank New York Can-Do Awards Dinner was a huge success last night. The event, presented by Bank of America, is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank for New York City’s programs and services.


Food Bank for New York City is a major hunger-relief organization that fights to end hunger across the 5 boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on a food bank and every dollar donated provides five meals to someone in need. In the past, the Can-Do Awards have raised more than $14 million dollars, which helped to provide 70 million free meals.


The event honored Dan Colen, Joey O’Loughlin, and Lavazza coffe company for their commitment to hunger relief. Mario Batali is no stranger to the event; he’s a board member and the host. Aziz Ansari, Jon Bon Jovi, Chris Canty, Debi Mazar, Bryan Greenberg, and many other celebrities came out to show their support.


New You caught up with some of the celebrities on the orange carpet. They all shared why it was important for them to attend the event and support the organization.



Mike Myers told us what he’s been working on.



Jon Bon Jovi attends the event year after year.



Francesca Lavazza was honored for her work to end hunger relief.




Debi Mazar and Gabriele Cocos spoke about working together on their show. Debi also gave us the scoop on Younger season 3!



Margarette Purvis, CEO of Food Bank NY, spoke about what the Can-Do Awards Dinner means to her and to the organization.



Football player Chris Canty told us if he would rather be on the red carpet or football field!



Top Chef’s Gail Simmons told us how she stays fit and healthy while filming Top Chef.



Mario Batali said an event like this brings awareness to people who don’t realize that there is still hunger in this country.



Watch parts of the ceremony and the hilarious Mike Myers, Aziz Ansari, and Jim Gaffigan below!