Record Turnout for God’s Love We Deliver’s Midsummer Night Drinks
God’s Love We Deliver, the New York area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses, held its 13th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefit in Watermill last weekend. The event was hosted by Vince and Louise Camuto at Villa Maria, their sprawling estate overlooking the Mecox Bay, which is featured in the July issue of Architectural Digest.
Philanthropists Kelli Shaughnessy and Jim Stanton who live directly across the Bay from Villa Maria, were in attendance and supporting God’s Love We Deliver for the first time. Mr. Stanton has been in the neighborhood since he was a young boy and remembers the days when the Long Island landmark was a retirement home for aging nuns. He was impressed by both the amazing transformation of the property, and also by the work of God’s Love Deliver.
This year’s fundraiser was more important than ever. According to Director of Development David Ludwigson, the demand for their services is up 60% in recent years. In addition, God’s Love will undergo a major expansion over the next 2 years, and temporarily move from their Soho headquarters to Brooklyn during the renovation. The God’s Love We Deliver kitchen, where over 1 million nutritious meals are cooked annually, will be upgraded and moved from the basement to a glass enclosed showcase on a higher floor, visible from the street below.
God’s Love We Deliver provides all services free of charge, made possible in part by the generosity of their many supporters: Designer Michael Kors donated $5 million dollars to the organization last year. Many other designers were among the record number of supporters at the event, including Dennis Basso and Vicente Wolf. RED THREAD GOOD Coffee provided tastings of their new cold-brewed elixirs and announced they will donate a portion of all sales of the beverage to God’s Love We Deliver. Red thread bracelets were also handed out and as stated by one of the volunteers, “is part of an Asian legend meant to symbolize being tied by the Gods to those we help” – a fitting tie-in to the organization and event.
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