Roberta Flack, Bette Midler

The Plaza welcomed a parade of powerful women for Citymeals-on-Wheels’ 26th annual Power Lunch for Women. Lara Spencer MC’d the luncheon, honoring Paula Zahn and Randi and Dennis Riese for their commitment to the city’s homebound elderly.

Guest songbird Roberta Flack chatted with us about her classic chanson, “Killing Me Softly”: “That kind of song is what connects us as human beings … and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to introduce it to the world.”

Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald performed for guests who included Christine Baranski, Bette Midler, Sandra Lee, Betsy Bernardaud, Gael Greene, Donna Hanover, Caroline Hirsch, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Deborah Roberts, Rikki Klieman, Silda Wall Spitzer, Diana Taylor, Laurie Tisch, Kathleen Turner, and Lillian Vernon.

Although the event celebrated powerful women, the few good men who braved the female-favored room (at $10,000 a head) included Jeffrey Bliss, Bill Bratton, Henry Buhl, Steve Hanson, Michael Lynne, Jon Tisch, Donald Tober, Bronson Van Wyck, and Steven Zavagli.

The event raised an impressive $1.2 mil—enough to provide more that 175,000 nutritious meals for New York’s seniors.

Lara Spencer, Sandra Lee, Paula Zahn, Haley Cohen

Margo MacNabb Nederlander Diana Taylor

Bill Bratton and Rikki Klieman  Randi and Dennis Riese

Dr. Patricia Wexler Barbara Lazaroff

Donna Hanover, Lara Spencer 
Photos by Joan Jedell, Star Black, & Alan Barnett

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