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|Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 5:46 pm Post subject: You CAN CAN Watch Us Embarrass Ourselves For a Good Cause
From Wed May 13, 2009 3:00 am to Fri May 15, 2009 2:59 am (included)
|"Can-Can" tickets can be purchased by calling 718-816-1811, ext 1.
Staten Island Interfaith Coalition of Feeding Ministries to hold second Celebrity Can-Can benefit
by Staten Island Advance
Wednesday May 06, 2009, 3:04 PM
Terry Troia of Project Hospitality (King Cole Beans), Dennis McKeon, executive director of Where To Turn (Parmalat Milk); John Caltabiano, executive director of the Staten Island Zoo (Charley The Tuna); Rev. Richard Michael, president of the Staten Island Council of Churches (Carrot's Can) kicked off the inaugural can-can event last year.
The Staten Island Interfaith Coalition of Feeding Ministries is continuing a pledge made last year to stem the tide of hunger across the borough by holding its second annual "Celebrity Can-Can" to benefit soup kitchens and food pantries.
On May 14, Civil Court Judge Barbara Panepinto will lead a can-can dance line of Island celebrities from 7 to 10 p.m. at Immanuel Union Church, Westerleigh.
Tickets are $25 for an all-you-can-eat dinner and dessert buffet prepared by local chefs and soup kitchen supporters.
The Coalition -- a 25-member contingent of local pantries and soup kitchens that sponsor training for local pantry providers and connects providers to citywide resources -- established the Anti-Hunger Development Campaign last year, as lines grew outside their doors.
This year, the hunger crisis is more dire: Pantry directors are reporting more than double the number of Island families visiting emergency food banks as they face eviction, foreclosure and layoffs.
But there's less food on the pantry shelves.
Proceeds from the "Celebrity Can-Can" will provide them with more funding.
The Curtis Chorale of PS 19, led by music teacher Carrie Gerecitano, will open the event with a selection of spring melodies. Chorale members also participate in the Young Helpers of PS 19, volunteering each week in the food pantry of Richmond Senior Services, Port Richmond, under the leadership of Jeanne Raleigh.
A live jazz ensemble led by South Shore Rotarian Al Lambert will accompany the dancers and provide an evening of American standards and jazz classics.
Along with Borough President James Molinaro, the Coalition co-sponsors the Borough President's Staten Island Hunger Task Force with assistance from the Food Bank of New York City, City Harvest and the NYC Coalition Against Hunger.
"Can-Can" tickets can be purchased by calling 718-816-1811, ext 1.
-Reported by Stephanie Slepian