Mount Kisco Child Care Center (MKCCC) held its 11th Annual Feed Me Fresh: An Edible Evening on Saturday, September 26th. The evening was hosted by Eric Hadar at his Ivanna Farms estate in Bedford Corners, NY and raised more than $312,000. The annual fundraising event benefits the Center’s need-based scholarship program, which helps provide access to quality child care for working families. More than half of the 145 children at the Center receive scholarship support. Event honorees were MKCCC advisory board and board members, Beverley & Sabin Streeter along with friends and neighbors of the Center, Fran & Maarten Steenman of La Tulipe Desserts in Mt. Kisco.
More than four hundred guests enjoyed live jazz music and delicious tasting menus from top local area restaurants. A highlight of the night was an announcement by NY State Assemblyman David Buchwald awarding the Center a $50,000 grant from the New York State Community Capital Assistance Program.
The event was chaired by Kelly Sullivan, former MKCCC parent and owner of Quaker Hill Tavern in Chappaqua. Honorary co-chairs were Twink & Jim Wood and Sara Weale & John Rudge. Jeffrey Cerutti acted as master of ceremonies and Joe DiMauro, of Mt. Kisco Seafood, was the evening’s auctioneer.
Feed Me Fresh is MKCCC’s garden-to-table, sustainable nutrition program designed to increase the level of appreciation for healthy foods and healthy choices for children at an early age. In 2008, based on the innovative Feed Me Fresh program, Mount Kisco Child Care Center was designated the first slow food school in Westchester by Slow Food USA.