Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke honored at Taste of Hope gala

American Cancer Society's 11th Annual Taste Hope 2016 © Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com
American Cancer Society’s 11th Annual Taste Hope (credit: Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com)

Last week, the American Cancer Society hosted its 11th annual Taste of Hope event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The gala featured food, wine and spirits from some of New York’s most popular restaurants.

Participating restaurants and chefs included cancer survivors Eric LeVine of Morris Tap & Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café, AG Kitchen, Alidoro, Almond, BLT Prime, Calle Ocho, Fresco By Scotto, La Fonda Del Sol, Luke’s Lobster, Magnolia Bakery, Nobu New York, Rock Center Café, STK Downtown, Todd English, Triomphe, Voilà Chocolat and many more. In all, roughly 50 restaurants and vendors participated.

The event, hosted by event chairs Mark D. Friedman, Jamie Koff and the 2016 Taste of Hope Volunteer Committee, gathered over 800 affluent epicureans and philanthropists and raised over $200,000.

Over it’s 11 year history the gala has raised over $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society.  Highlights from the silent auction included an exclusive Hamilton theater package, a Fiddler on the Roof theatre package, a Martha Stewart cooking kit, a Knicks pre-game ballkid experience and a golf tutorial by a PGA Tour superstar instructor.

This year’s honorees were David Burke and Drew Nieporent, as well as Jean Shafiroff.

Jean Shafiroff==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Alysia Reiner; David Alan Basche
Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
American Cancer Society's 11th Annual Taste Hope 2016 © Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com
American Cancer Society’s 11th Annual Taste Hope 2016 © Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com
Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff, David Burke==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Drew Nieporent; Jean Shafiroff; David Burke
Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff and David Burke (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
American Cancer Society's 11th Annual Taste Hope 2016 © Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com
(Credit: Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com)
Chris Wragge==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Chris Wragge
Chris Wragge (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Dawne Marie Grannum==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Dawne Marie Grannum
Dawne Marie Grannum (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Mark D. Friedman, Jamie Koff==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Mark D. Friedman; Jamie Koff
Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Alison Trenk==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Alison Trenk
Alison Trenk (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Todd English, Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff, David Burke, Kris Kim==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Todd English; Drew Nieporent; Jean Shafiroff; David Burke; Kris Kim
Todd English, Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff, David Burke and Kris Kim (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
American Cancer Society's 11th Annual Taste Hope 2016 © Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com
(Credit: Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
American Cancer Society's 11th Annual Taste Hope 2016 © Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com
(Credit: Lenny Stucker / www.lennystucker.com)
Victor de Souza==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Victor de Souza
Victor de Souza (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Lee Fryd, Nancy Noondes, Randi Schatz==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Lee Fryd; Nancy Noondes; Randi Schatz
Lee Fryd, Nancy Noondes and Randi Schatz (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Tracy Stern==American Cancer Society Honors Jean Shafiroff, Drew Nieporent and David Burke==Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC==May 25, 2016==©Patrick McMullan==Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== == *** Local Caption *** Lucia Hwong Gordon; Tracy Stern
Lucia Hwong Gordon and Tracy Stern (Photo credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)