President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at last night’s Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards with his friend and the evening’s emcee Mario Batali to emphasize the need now, more than ever, to help end hunger in New York City. The star-studded evening, held at Cipriani Wall Street, honored FEED Founder and CEO Lauren Bush Lauren, The BLK Projek Executive Director Tanya Fields and the Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development for their commitment to hunger relief.

 

 

The Can Do Awards help provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank’s programs and services. Additional supporters included Batali’s co-emcee  Michael Symon, along with Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan, Joy Bryant, David Burtka, Amy Hargreaves, Billy Crudup, Zak DeOssie, Christine Evangelista, Dominic Fumusa, Adam Gettis, Carla Hall, Ubah Hassan, Katie Lee, Al Roker and many more. Grammy Award-winning artist Estelle performed.

 

 

Elysee at its most grand

 

Guests enjoyed “deLysscious” ice cream sundaes, cake designed by Danette Tagla, and cocktails including the Lyss’ signature B#tchtini made from with rosé, watermelon vodka and watermelon juice. Stern then encouraged people to ask questions, read the book and learn more about how they can help every mom through motherhood.

 

Thirteen years ago Stern founded Divalysscious Moms, a networking company specifically for moms, with cool, chic, kid-friendly activities like a grand opening of the Fendi Kids boutique on Fifth Avenue. There is usually swag in the form of gift bags, but most important, mothers get to have fun and meet other moms. Stern, who is the mother of three children ranging in age from toddler to teenager, tackles the toughest issues facing moms today drawing from personal experiences. She explains in 10 easily digestible steps how moms who may no longer recognize the person staring back in the mirror can regain their once fierce and fab self. “Being a bitch is not about ranting, raving or ripping someone’s head off for the fun of it,” explains Stern. “It’s about confidence and control and knowing when and where to dig your four-inch heels into the ground. It’s about standing up for yourself and giving voice to your needs and feelings. It’s about not being selfless or selfish, but striking the right balance between the two.”

 

Motherhood Is a B#tch is written for all moms – ranging from the stressed-out working mom to the harried stay-at-home mom – who have sacrificed their lives, careers, bodies and sanities to become mothers. The book provides helpful hints and tips to prioritize, organize and delegate. It was published on April 18, 2017 and is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.


A selection of highlights from the Biennale is presented across the Faena District, set in non-traditional spaces and accompanied by an open screening program as well as special features in the Faena Hotel screening room. The exhibition continues through April 30, 2017 with screenings Wednesday – Sunday 3pm – 9pm throughout Faena District between 32nd and 35th Streets on Collins Avenue and is free and open to the public. For full schedule, please go to http://www.faenaart.org/exhibitions/film-program/

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