Food Allergy Initiative Annual Ball

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The 12th annual Food Allergy Ball was held this past Monday at the Waldorf Astoria.

The Food Allergy Ball is an annual event, run by The Food Allergy Initiative, to raise money for food allergy research and a cure.

This years event was attended by several notables including Author Elie Wiesel and wife Marion Wiesel among others. The event honored Charles Koppelman, Chairman of Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Emeril Lagasse, celebrated chef, received the FAI Lifetime Achievement Award. Sharyn T. Mann and Todd J. Slotkin were the Gala Dinner Chairs, and Patricia and James Cayne, Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Julia Koch were the Benefit Dinner Chairs.

The ball was a ticket only event with tables going for $50,000, $25,000 and $15,000, and individual tickets for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. The 11th annual ball last year raised 5 million dollars.

The Food Allergy Initiative, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1998 by a group of concerned parents and grandparents. In 2009 FAI merged with The Food Allergy Project to create the largest private source of funding for food allergy research in the United States. Their combined goal is to fund research that seeks a cure; to improve diagnosis and treatment; and to keep patients safe through education and advocacy. So far FAI has contributed more than 65 million dollars towards their mission.