Volunteers to Pack 1.5 Million Meals in Observance of 9/11 Day – Times Square Chronicles

On September 11, 2023, more than 4,500 New Yorkers will spend the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy supporting the community, by packing 1.5 million healthy, non-perishable meals aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.  The meals will be donated by the event’s organizer, the nonprofit 9/11 Day, that day to City Harvest and Food Bank For New York City to support individuals and families at risk of hunger across the New York City area.
According to Feeding America, one in four Americans experience food insecurity every day.
Now in its 7th year, the New York City Meal Pack for 9/11 Day, which will be staged over the course of two days, on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, has grown to become the largest volunteer service project held in America in observance of the 9/11 anniversary.
More than 120 companies from the NYC – NJ -CT area plan to send employee volunteers to the event, including major sponsors JPMorgan Chase, Citi, KPMG, Mizuho, FactSet, Fox Corporation, Major League Baseball, Intercontinental Exchange, Pfizer, Flagstar Bank, and Merrill Lynch. Helping 9/11 Day co-host this year’s NYC event are the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, City Harvest, Food Bank For New York City, NYC Service and New York Cares.
Nationally, the 9/11 Day Meal Pack program is being supported by AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, Citi, United Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., and KPMG.
Nationwide, the NYC Meal Pack for 9/11 Day is one of 18 large-scale volunteer service projects that 9/11 Day is staging this September, with support from the AmeriCorps, which oversees the nation’s federal volunteer service programs.  Across the nation, more than 20,000 volunteers, representing about 400 U.S. companies, prominent nonprofits, professional sports leagues, faith-based groups, military veterans and others, will join together in unity and in observance of 9/11 and Hunger Action Month, to pack a record 6.5 million meals for food insecure Americans.
All of the meals will be donated to local food banks, many of them affiliated with Feeding America.  9/11 Day is sourcing the food ingredients for the meals and receiving logistical support from meal packing partners US Hunger, Meals of Hope, Kids Around The World and The Pack Shack.
9/11 Day and AmeriCorps will be helping to support 9/11-related meal packing volunteer events for the first time on 11 college campuses, including at University of Alabama Birmingham, Illinois State University, Monroe College, Prairie View A&M University, Ross State University, University of New England, Boise State University, Harding University, Morgan State University, The Ohio State University, and University of North Georgia.
The nonprofit 9/11 Day was founded six months after the September 11, 2001, attacks by friends David Paine and Jay Winuk, who have dedicated their lives to transforming the anniversary of 9/11 into a nationwide day of doing good, in tribute to those lost and injured, and in honor of the many who bravely rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy.  Winuk lost his brother Glenn J. Winuk on 9/11. Glenn was an attorney and volunteer firefighter/EMT who was killed in the line of duty in the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower.
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WENNER TAKES A DOWN —Jann Wenner always speaks his mind and this week he may have overstepped just a bit. In an interview that ran in the New York Times about his new book called Masters, he quite openly said that there were no black or R&B artists in it, because they were not able to articulate properly. I know, I felt the same way reading that. Minutes later, he was let go by the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which he helped start with Ahmet Ertegun way back in 1983.
Ahmet Ertegun
His Like A Rolling Stone autobiography book was quite an indulgent read last year, but Wenner has in the last several years suffered several health set backs and it was pointed out that he may not be in his right mind. Still, he should have spoken way more carefully. I’ve known Wenner for decades and trust me, he feels he’s way entitled, and that said, you can rest assured that there were dozens and dozens of people (and former employees) waiting to take him down.
The sad fact is that most of the accusations are true. That said, let’s face it Rolling Stone magazine in it’s heyday was a miraculous outlet for so much music and terrific journalism – from Ben Fong-Torres to Hunter Thompson and Jann himself .. it was distinguished. Now, he may have killed it all.
Rolling Stine magazine Monday posted this – essentially disowning his from the magazine: “Jann Wenner’s recent statements to the New York Times do not represent the values and practices of today’s Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner has not been directly involved in our operations since 2019. Our purpose, especially since his departure, has been to tell stories that reflect the diversity of voices and experiences that shape our world. At Rolling Stone’s core is the understanding that music above all can bring us together, not divide us.”
Here’s the report from Deadline: https://deadline.com/2023/09/jann-wenner-removed-rock-and-roll-hall-fame-foundation-board-1235548690/comment-page-1/#comment-3858649
FILE – Drew Barrymore attends the Time100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, April 26, 2023, in New York. The National Book Awards dropped Barrymore as the host for this year’s ceremony, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, a day after her talk show taped its first episode since the Hollywood writers strike began. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
DREW’S BLUES — Boy, what did Drew Barrymore ever do to deserve the treatment she’s been through with the media. Sure, her ideas to bring back her daily-chat fest was a good one, for the right reasons, but everyone from Rosie O;’Donnell to the trade papers have bounced on her like madmen. I never met her, don’t hate her, but really … let’s get back to something real, like these Russell Brand-accusations!
SHORT TAKES — We finally caught David Bryne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love and absolutely loved it. I remember it well when it premiered at the Public Theater way back when and knew they were trying to get it to Broadway. Honestly, I never thought twice about the Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos story, but the play was riveting then and it remains now. They’ve outfitted NYC’s magnificent Broadway Theater with disco-balls galore and club-lighting and the immersive experience is terrific. Here’s a great re-cap of the play’s evolution from Theatre Guide: https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/theatre-news/news/how-the-music-of-here-lies-love-evolved-on-the-way-to-broadway
Chris Carter and Micky Dolenz – Breakfast With The Beatles
Micky Dolenz appeared on Sunday’s Breakfast With The Beatles with Chris Carter (on KLOS) and talked about his new Dolenz Sings R.E.M. on Glenn Gretlund’s 7a Records. He also talked about his time with The Beatles and John Lennon. Carter also played a mash-up of Monkees and Beatle-songs which was done in England and it was superb. Here’s a shot from the event at LA’s Hard Rock Cafe on Highland and Hollywood Blvd. … SIGHTING: PR-pasha David Salidor and Benny Harrison at Monday’s Cutting Room tribute to Burt Bacharach … RIP Sammy Ash …
Jimmy Buffet
I’ve been thinking the best way to describe Jimmy Buffet and I saw this headline in LA Magazine: leisure evangelist– and it fits perfectly …
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Jackie Weld Drake, longtime chair of Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, opened her Upper East Side residence to celebrate the upcoming Fiesta! Gala at The Plaza Hotel on October 10.
Two days of entertainment began with a cocktail party, September 13th, which she hosted with George Corton, Darlyn Portes, and Sissi Fleitas.  The next day was a luncheon for the Fiesta! Gala’s junior committee, affectionately called the Pachanga’s.
Guests included Board Members Martha Bograd, Michéle Gerber Klein, Alberto Mariaca, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, and Jean Shafiroff, as well as Estrellita Brodsky, Susan Cheever, Anencia Dixon, Lee Fryd, Susan Gutfreund, Ann Nitze, Marc Rosen, Victor Roquette, Daisy Soros, and Barbara Tober, joined by Casita Maria Executive Director Felix Urrutia and Artistic Director Gail Heidel.
Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs. Headquartered in the South Bronx, Casita Maria was established in 1934 by Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan as the first charitable organization to serve Latinos in New York City. Operating from a five-room tenement apartment in East Harlem, the Sullivan sisters, public school teachers who were also relatives of TV personality Ed Sullivan, had a primary mission to offer after school enrichment and recreational activities for the children of newly arrived families from Puerto Rico. Today, Casita Maria remains dedicated to its original mission, delivering services to the mostly Latino youth, and families of the Hunts Point community it serves in the Bronx. In 2009, Casita Maria inaugurated a state-of-the-art facility encompassing performance spaces, exhibition gallery, dance, and music studios, and more on its Simpson Street campus. This 90,000 square foot, six-story educational and cultural facility in collaboration with the Department of Education has enabled Casita Maria to expand its scope and capacities as a beacon of excellence.
Casita Maria’s 89th anniversary Fiesta! Gala will honor Grammy winning producer Nelson Albareda, Dr. Ramon Tallaj, the founder of SOMOS network, and Ambassador David and Jennifer Fischer. For tickets email fiesta@casitamaria.org.
The legend is back baby, and it is here to stay! Three Big Apple cheers for the epic revival of Delmonico’s.
The iconic restaurant known for its culinary excellence and historical significance hosted the best ribbon cutting ceremony that downtown Manhattan has ever witnessed.
On September 15, hundreds of attendees came out in grand style to pay tribute to the beloved venue that has a beautiful history that stands longer than the city’s fair and lovely lady, The Statue of Liberty, herself.

At 56 Beaver Street, the ceremony started with a rousing speech by Mayor Eric Adams to honor the world-famous hotspot.  Esteemed guests and influential figures from the culinary and hospitality industry were on hand for the tony affair including Dennis Turcinovic, owner and operator of Delmonico’s Restaurant Group, and Max Tucci, Partner and Global Brand Officer of Delmonico’s, media personality, and author of the cookbook, The Delmonico Way; Sublime Entertaining and Legendary Recipes from the Restaurant that Made New York!.
Delmonico’s has been a prominent figure in the NYC culinary landscape since its inception in 1837. With a rich heritage of over 186 years, the iconic restaurant has become synonymous with unparalleled dining experiences, famed dishes such as the Delmonico’s Steak, exceptional service, and a commitment to culinary innovation.
The newly redesigned Delmonico’s will continue its tradition of offering patrons a curated menu that showcases classic dishes and contemporary creations. Guests can expect an exquisite dining experience that combines the restaurant’s timeless elegance with a modern twist.
Photos Courtesy @delmonicosnewyork
So many colorful events took place over New York Fashion Week.
Heart Wrench Collective hosted a sassy sip session with cocktails at VICTORIA!
Limited edition wearable art was on display with exclusive pieces by artists James ConcannonCasey Kauffmann, and Anna Nguyen. There were also Sarah Potter  tarot readings and custom bedazzling as a special guest DJ had guests gushing with joy on the dance floor.
The brand is more than just a creative agency and streetwear brand. We are the bridge that connects visual artists directly to consumers. Our mission is to foster a vibrant community and unleash the power of collaboration. Through our bespoke, limited edition works, we create a profound and lasting impact on individuals and partners alike. By championing artistry and individual expression, we redefine the boundaries of fashion by embracing the transformative power of art.
(Bombay Sapphire / Stephanie Pistel)
Bombay Sapphire Gin and Christian Siriano debuted the first-ever cocktail couture gown, inspired by the iconic Bombay Sapphire bottle and Bombay French 75 cocktail at the designer’s 15th anniversary NYFW show. Taking center stage at  Siriano’s Spring/Summer show at The Pierre Hotel on Friday afternoon, the gown dazzled a celebrity-studded front row (Janet Jackson, Kesha, Quinta Brunson, Laverne Cox, Adrienne Bailon, Avril Lavigne, Laura Linney, Harvey Guillén, and Sarah Hyland). Designed to capture the essence of the time-honored cocktail, the gown featured a sleek silhouette akin to the cocktail’s flute glass, chiffon fabric to hearken back to the effervescence of the drink, and custom Bombay Sapphire gin-dyed accents.
During the after-party hosted at The Ned NoMad this evening, a well-heeled crowd including Janet Jackson, Lil Nas X, Sarah Hyland, Coco Rocha, Harvey Guillén, Shaun Ross, Alicia Silverstone, Sasha Colby, Quinita Brunson, Audrina Patridge, and Scott Barnes toasted with celebratory cocktails.
And lastly, Kimberly Pucci’s 2023 Amalfi Collection exhibited at New York Fashion Week, one of the few runway shows by an accessories designer. Pucci’s show was unique in its holistic portrayal of effortless elegance and global wanderlust celebrated by the brand, particularly summering in Italy in the 1960s.

Models embodying the modern affluent jet-setter were adorned in elevated casual resort-wear in neutral tones as a canvas for Pucci’s immaculate accessories to shine.
C’est Magnifique!
This week in New York City the grand Dîner en Blanc returned in grand style. Four thousand people dressed in elegant head-to-toe white gathered in the trendy Meatpacking District for a one-night celebration of food, wine, and friendship.
The night was special affair that is beloved in the city and this year had the incredible bonus of being a first-of-its kind collaboration with the Meatpacking District Management Association and the Street Activity Permits Office.  It was a landmark moment that even had Mayor Eric Adams in attendance.
Over the course of the evening, guests dined and danced under the stars, entertained by Broadway soloists Margot Siebert and Allison Blackwell, a quartet on stilts, a DJ and more.  New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams stopped by to enjoy this remarkable event that has been embraced by New Yorkers for over a decade.

With co-founder and President of Dîner en Blanc International Sandy Safi at the helm, the French-inspired urban picnic Dîner en Blanc has become a fantastic culinary event around the world. Launched in France 35 years ago, the global phenomenon has become a tradition across 6 continents, with each location injecting its own culture and culinary voice. There are more than one million people on waiting lists worldwide.
Three cheers for another successful year!
Photos by Eric Vitale Photography
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