“I was downsized,” said Gael Greene at the Citymeals-on-Wheels Power Lunch for Women, “but downsizing obviously does not make you thinner.” The Rainbow Room chuckled at Green’s lighthearted quip, after she was let go this month by New York magazine after 40 years as a food critic. Despite the glum news, Greene announced she would donate $10,000 to the cause, adding, “If anyone needs an unemployed restaurant critic, let me know.”
Among the crowd: emcee Diana Taylor, Citymeals’ Exec. Director Marcia Stein, Cindy Adams, Christine Baranski, Polly Bergen, Susan Blumenthal, Beth Dozoretz, Patricia Duff, Nora Ephron, Dasha Epstein, Florence Fabricant, Joni Evans, Linda Fairstein, Geraldine Ferraro, Betsy Gotbaum, Donna Hanover, Joan Helpern, Caroline Hirsch, Erica Jong, Jenny Holzer, Evelyn Lauder, Julianna Margulies, Cynthia Leive, Bernadette Peters, Ruth Reichl, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Liz Smith, Gloria Steinem, Joan Tisch, Laurie Tisch, Kathleen Turner, Paula Zahn, and a very friendly, first-time- out-on-the-social-scene Silda Wall Spitzer.
The luncheon raised $1.5 mil toward providing hundreds of thousands of meals for New York’s frail and aged. Martha Stewart and Fiji Water’s Lynda Resnick were honored for their long-standing commitment to Citymeals and the elderly population.
A touching tribute was given to the memory of Imonil Aminov, a Citymeals volunteer who was shot and killed a week earlier while delivering a meal to a woman in Brooklyn—our thoughts go out to him and his family.
The afternoon featured a very special performance by Andrea Marcovicci and her 90-year-old mother who crooned “Autumn Leaves,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Russian Lullaby,” and ”I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore.” Her performance culminated in a standing ovation.