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And a private dinner cooked by Eric Ripert, with a performance from John Legend, sold for 1.1 million dollars—twice. 

Maria Yagoda
April 25, 2018

City Harvest, a non-profit food rescue organization founded in 1982, celebrated its 35th anniversary gala on Tuesday night with some very high-profile guests—all while raising millions of dollars for New Yorkers in need.

At Cipriani's, José Andrés was recognized for his work with World Central Kitchen and #ChefsforPuertoRico, and Chrissy Teigen was given the Heart of the City award for her City Harvest fundraising efforts. But in addition to all of the star power (Richard Gere and Julianne Moore were also at the event), something incredible happend; a private dinner cooked by Eric Ripert, with a performance from John Legend and company from Teigen, sold for 1.1 million dollars—twice, which means 2.2 million dollars were raised to feed the city's hungry.

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"I cannot believe it. 25 cents is a meal for one person so 8.8 MILLION meals will get to people in need from that lot alone," Teigen posted on her Instagram. "Thank you to everyone who gave their time and talents tonight. Very proud to be a part of this organization and honored to win the heart of the city award. Now it’s time to hide and get this baby ready for the world."

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Legend, who attended the gala with his wife, expressed how proud of he was on Twitter: "My beautiful, generous wife was honored with the Heart of the City Award tonight because she's helped raise so much money for City Harvest," he wrote. Her speech was gracious and hilarious and we had a blast. Thank you for all you do."

With an estimated 1.3 million New Yorkers struggling to put food on the table, City Harvest collects roughly 59 million pounds of excess food per year and delivers it to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community programs fighting hunger across the city. 

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