Over $240,000 raised!

Toast to the Children raised over $240,000 dollars through ticket sales, journal advertisements, individual donations, and sale of silent auction items!

Every spring Children of Bellevue teams up with Chef Tom Colicchio and some of New York City’s best restaurants and
the world’s finest wine dealers to host a wine and food tasting like no other. Toast to the Children is a fun, festive event that raises much needed funds for our programs and celebrates our work.

CoB traditionally has three honorees, from the culinary, corporate, and children’s book worlds. This year our distinguished honorees were:
Gail Simmons, a culinary expert, food writer and dynamic television personality.  Ms. Simmons is a permanent judge on BRAVO ’s 2010 Emmy winning hit series Top Chef and the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, Bravo’s pastry-focused spin-off of the Top Chef franchise.
The Phoenix Foundation, the charitable nonprofit organization launched earlier this year by Phoenix Partners Group, a financial sector firm with a strong tradition of philanthropy in terms of both financial giving and on-hands support from its employees. Akasha Absher, president and chair of its board of directors, will accept the honor on the Foundation’s behalf. Ms. Absher is well-known to Children of Bellevue, as she is also among our active volunteers.
David Wiesner
, one of only two authors to win three Caldecott Medals, for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007. He has also received two Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall and Sector 7.

The event, which also features an extensive silent auction and vineyards from around the world, was held at Riverpark, 450 East 29th Street.

This year’s event featured:
Barbuto – Chef Jonathan Waxman
Blue Smoke – Chef Ken Callaghan
Colicchio & Sons – Pastry Chef Stephen Collucci
Craft – Chef James Tracey
Frankies 457 Spuntino – Chef Frank Falcinelli &  Chef Frank Castronovo & Chef de Cusine William Prunty
Hearth – Chef Marco Canora & Chef de Cusine George Kaden
The Hurricane Club – Chef Craig Koketsu & Chef Lawrence Knapp
Jacques Torres Chocolates – Chocolate Executive Officer Jacques Torre
Lincoln Ristorante – Chef Jonathan Benno
Pearl Oyster Bar – Chef Rebecca Charles
Perilla – Chef Harold Dieterle
Porterhouse New York – Chef/Partner Michael Lomonaco & Chef de Cusine Michael Ammirati
Public – Chef Brad Farmerie
Riverpark – Chef Sisha Ortuzar


Children’s Champion
The Phoenix Foundation
Children’s Believer
Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd.
Kristin & Kenan Turnacioglu
Royalty Pharma

Children’s Supporter
The Andra Group
Metro Health Plan
Kristina and Kevin O’Leary
Torreya Partners
Reyne Macadaeg and Harmen van der Linde

Children’s Friends
Akasha and Kelly Absher
Mary Chan and Marc Bothwell
Dennis Coppin
Jennifer and Robert Dowd
Robin Allstadt and Jeff Fields
Kathryn and Robert Freeborn
David Maue and David Gaudette
Sonal and David Gibson
Barbara P. Gimbel
Mary Ann Chiasson and Gerd Grieninger
Jennifer Havens, M.D.
Judith A. Keating
Kimberly Keating
Kristy and Jonathan Korngold
Amr Moursi, M. D.
Helen and George Niblock
Elizabeth and Gregory Osborn
Roslyn and Vincent Palusci
Margery Rosenberg
Margaret McHugh and Richard Schulhoff
Jesssica Alberti and Julian Setian
Rebecca Gordon and Andrew Stark
Linda Ma-Truong and Bao Truong
Valerie Sisko and Anthony Spatarella
Amy and Michael Williams

Please patronize the wonderful companies that made donations to our Gift Bags!
Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Earthbound Farms
Fine Ingredients, Inc.
Food & Wine Magazine
Kerrygold Cheese
Kyle Books
La Cucina Italiana
The Little Bookroom
O, The Oprah Magazine
Octopus Books
Pepperidge Farm
Random House
Surkle Ventures/Tickle Sauce