18 4 / 2014
An Upper East Side couple hoping to adopt has come up with a unique way to raise the necessary funds — teaching men how to cook for the women in their lives.
Mat Rosa and Jen Ramos started Pot Pan Knife, a series of themed cooking workshops, in March to help raise money to adopt their first child. The couple, who has been together for 16 years and married for four, has long wanted to start a family, but found that they were unable to have children.
They started looking into adoption about three years ago and learned domestic adoptions can cost upwards of $40,000 due to birth parent counseling, the adoptive parent home study, agency fees and other factors.
“We felt very helpless at first,” Ramos, 40, said of when they first learned of the adoption costs. “It was so much money. We didn’t know if we’d ever be able to raise that.”
03 9 / 2013
Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger relief organization and the country’s largest food bank, today announced the launch of its annual month-long “Go Orange” campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank and its citywide network of charities. The multi-pronged effort uses orange, the color of hunger awareness, to rally and mobilize corporations, restaurants, supermarkets, retailers, volunteers, celebrities, and the public to fight hunger in NYC. The campaign kicks off on September 3rd with a Closing Bell Ceremony at NASDAQ MarketSite, followed on September 4th by a Go Orange lighting ceremony at the city’s iconic landmark, the Empire State Building (the actual Tower will be lit orange at dusk). In the evening, Food Bank will be on the field at Yankee Stadium to accept a check from the NY Yankees to support Food Bank’s ongoing work to end hunger in New York City. Times Square will also be awash in orange for the entire month of September when Reuters and NASDAQ feature Food Bank on their digital jumbotron displays. “The national anti-hunger safety net is under the greatest threat seen in Food Bank For New York City’s 30-year history. Right now, close to three million New Yorkers are struggling to put food on the table, which is why we are calling upon all New Yorkers to Go Orange,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “For us, Going Orange also includes New Yorkers being aware that Congress is considering billions in cuts to food stamps, at a time when the need is so high. It’s unconscionable! Hunger is real. It touches all of us. And we need to do something about it, now!”
01 8 / 2013
17 9 / 2012