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On April 18, 2012 Natural Gourmet Institute again supported the annual gala event to benefit Healthcorps, hosted by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz. Founded by the Ozs’s in 2007 to combat childhood obesity and “mental resilience crises” among youths, Healthcorps has to date placed peer mentors in over 80 schools for the purpose of educating students about mental and physical fitness as well as nutritional education.
The gala was held this year at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and attended by NGI Founder Annemarie Colbin, NGI President Jenny Matthau, NGI Vice President and Director Merle Brown, NGI Public Program Director Judith Friedman, and Instructor Elliott Prag. Chef Instructor Barbara Rich presided over the Natural Gourmet table during the cocktail hour where we served up vegan and gluten-free hors d’oeuvres alongside our friends from Candle Café and Pure Food and Wine, among others.
NGI Chef's Training students (left to right) Lauren Friedman, Maudie Green, and Gabriel Anderson
Chef Instructor Barbara Rich
The event is in its 6th successful year, and Natural Gourmet has been proud to be there every step of the way for this important cause.
Merle Brown, Jenny Matthau, and Annemarie Colbin (left to right)
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On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, Natural Gourmet Institute participated in the 5th annual gala to support HealthCorps, a national non-profit founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa. The event was held aboard the battleship Intrepid on Manhattan’s West Side.
This year’s event was the “Fresh from the Garden Gala,” and NGI participated on three levels:
- Our founder, Annemarie Colbin, is a longstanding and active member of HealthCorp’s Board of Advisors
- NGI is an ongoing supporter of HealthCorps
- NGI’s students were directed by Chef Instructor Barbara Rich and prepared delicious vegan appetizers for the exhibition that preceded the gala dinner.
HealthCorps is an organization that recruits recent college grads to work as “coordinators.” These coordinators defer grad or medical school to work 2 years full-time in high schools with underserved youth. Their job is to share the HealthCorps curriculum, specifically to: educate youth about health, fitness, diet and the environment, motivate them to take part in community outreach, and teach them how to advocate for public health policy changes.
HealthCorps teaches in 41 schools across the nation and plans to expand to all 50 states.
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