- Fast-a-thon 2018
- Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
- Farm to Tray 2018
- Antiques Appraisal Day
- Fast-a-thon 2017
- 35th Anniversary
- Farm to Tray 2017-After Event
- Farm to Tray 2017-Before Event
- Edward Morgan Ballet-2017
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Phone: (646) 998-6104
NY, NY, October 29, 2018 – On November 15th, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will host its 7th annual Fast-A-Thon, held one week before Thanksgiving every year, to increase awareness about hunger in New York City and raise much needed funds for its emergency food program. The soup kitchen serves nearly 1,000 meals to homeless and hungry New Yorkers each weekday and, as it has since its inception in 1982, welcomes everyone who comes through its doors without question or qualification.
Close to 1.4 million New Yorkers are struggling to put meals on their tables regularly, and Fast-A-Thon participants pledge to eat only one meal on November 15th, like so many soup kitchen guests must do each day. For every dollar raised, the soup kitchen will serve a delicious, hot meal to a New Yorker in need. This year’s goal is to raise $80,000, and the campaign is generously supported by Investors Bank.
“By coming together as a community to fast and raise much needed funds for the soup kitchen we are reminded that hunger is serious issue in our city and requires our heartfelt attention,” says The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, the soup kitchen’s Executive Director. “We’ve recently begun new programs to help meet the high need for food by packaging “to go” lunches – for homeless students at P.S. 33 in Chelsea, for seniors on fixed budgets living nearby, and for homeless individuals around Penn Station – and the funds we raise will go a long way in keeping our soup kitchen shelves stocked.”
The soup kitchen relies on charitable giving to fund more than half the cost of its meals. Because of its partnership with area food rescue organizations, those costs work out to be only about $1 to serve one meal to a hungry New Yorker. Clemons, an Air Force veteran with a management degree who is living on the street while he looks for a job, recently took time to show his gratitude for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. “These meals are a blessing,” he said. “New Yorkers are about taking care of their own and I really see that here.”
To join, individuals create their campaign page on the Fast-A-Thon web site and share the link with their family, friends and social networks. Since 2012, Fast-A-Thon individuals, teams and corporate supporters have raised over $330,000.
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About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen: Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has embodied hope and compassion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan since 1982. Every weekday, nearly 1,000 nourishing meals are served to hungry New Yorkers, cafeteria-style in the sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church and through brown bag lunch distributions to homeless individuals, seniors in need and after-school students in the area. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to provide hot meals and comprehensive social service support that helps guests navigate their way toward health, housing and jobs.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
New York City, New York, Saturday, October 13, 2018, 7:00pm – The Church of the Holy Apostles will be the latest venue for the classic Off-Broadway hit Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. This immersive and entertaining performance featuring original cast members will sure to delight “wedding guests” as they take part in the romantic ceremony and lively reception dinner, Italian American style. The show is being performed, by special arrangement, for one performance only to benefit the soup kitchen. Tickets may be purchased here.
Producers, original cast performers and Broadway and Screen acting veterans Anthony Patellis, (best known for his role Charles Cirillo, in HBO’s The Sopranos), Susan Campanaro, and Janine Molinari knew the venue was the perfect venue for this timeless hit when they visited the popular event space during soup kitchen hours. “When we saw all these people eating lunch family style at about 20 round tables in this magnificent church, we just had a ‘eureka moment’,” recalls Ms. Molinari. “We knew we had to perform Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding right here,” added Ms. Campanaro.
The Church is without traditional pews in order to serve hungry New Yorkers through its primary mission, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and it offers parishioners comfortable chairs for worship services. “In 1990, the church suffered a devastating fire,” explained the Rev. Dr. Anna Pearson, Parish Rector, and Executive Director of the soup kitchen. “So, after having served meals for almost ten years in a small room in the adjoining mission house, the church leaders voted to keep the pews out of renovations plans, so that the meal service could happen right in the sanctuary.”
“Wedding guests” can enjoy pasta, garlic bread, salad and wedding cake along with a champagne toast and cash bar. Tony n’ Tina are happy to donate proceeds of the event and wedding gifts to support Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.
About Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a one-of-a-kind night theatrical experience like no other! It’s an Off-Broadway comedy staged as a festive celebration in which the audience doesn’t just watch the show, but participates directly in the fun as members of the family or friends of the bride and groom. From the wedding ceremony to the reception, join Tony and Tina’s colorful and madcap Italian-American families in a show you’ll not soon forget. By blurring the line between fantasy and reality, the show works its magic and draws the audience into eating, drinking, dancing and conversing, just as you would at a real wedding. You will experience (and be part of!) the surprises and drama of a real wedding as you get caught up in the celebration, partying along with the rest of Tony and Tina’s family and friends as if you’ve known them for years. That’s how Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has won over the hearts of thousands of people since the show first opened in New York City in 1988. The longest running Off-Broadway show has since enjoyed extended runs and worldwide success, with performances in over 100 cities across the US, Europe and Asia.
“It’s a wedding to remember!” – New York Post
“It’s a hit!” – People Magazine
“Get yourself invited!” – WABC-TV
“One of the most successful and imaginative hits in history.” – New York Daily News
Farm to Tray 2018
New York, New York, March 14, 2018 – Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will host its 6th annual food and wine benefit, Farm to Tray, on May 17, 2018. This sustainable food event raises much needed funds for New York’s largest soup kitchen, where approximately 5,000 meals are served to hungry and homeless New Yorkers every week. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and information can be found at www.farmtotray.org.
The Chelsea-based emergency food program, which just marked 35 years of service last October, will honor Google at the event. After moving to their new Chelsea location, Google quickly became one of the soup kitchen’s most generous supporters. “Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has served the Chelsea-Penn South neighborhood for the last 26 years, and Google is proud to partner with its leaders to help provide nutritious and hearty meals to the homeless and food insecure families in our community. Over the years, Googler volunteers have spent hundreds of hours serving Soup Kitchen guests and remain committed to the program’s impactful mission. We look forward to our continued partnership with Holy Apostles and encourage our neighbors to join in,” said Kim Huskey, Regional Food Services Manager, Google New York.
This year, in addition to its culinary participation through Food@Google, Google has donated the largest Farm to Tray corporate gift in the event’s history. “Google has shown a level of commitment that dramatically raises the bar, and leads by example,” said Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew St. John. “Their generosity is an inspiration for all of us to step up for the most vulnerable in our city.”
A celebration of food and community, the benefit challenges New York’s finest chefs to produce a “Sustainable Menu” that is rooted in the soup kitchen’s approach to using fresh, locally grown produce, minimizing food waste, and planning nutritionally balanced and delicious meals for about 1,000 daily guests. This year, as part of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s ambitious new Zero Waste Strategy, the event will follow composting and recycling best practices.
To kick off the 6 pm VIP hour, Gotham Burger Social Club will present Chef Dominick Pepe of The Group NYC. Chef Pepe’s newest restaurant is the highly acclaimed Boucherie Park. At 7 pm, chefs from some of New York’s most distinguished restaurants will present their sustainable menus at tasting stations positioned throughout the church. New and returning culinary partners are:
- Preston Madson, Bellwether
- Kim Huskey, Food@Google
- Ginger Pierce, Jams
- Robert Cho, Kimchi Smoke
- Laurence Edelman, Left Bank
- Raffaele Volpe, San Matteo Pizza
- Caroline Schiff, Scoops & Sweets at the Greene Grape
- Ralpheal Abrahante, Thalassa
- Craig Reid, The Westin NY at Times Square
- Meliano Plasencia, ZIO Ristorante
- Chef & Cookbook Author, Yvan Lemoine
A unique element of Farm to Tray is that guests dine in the landmark Holy Apostles Church where soup kitchen patrons dine every day. With cuts to food assistance programs and almost 1.2 million New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is feeling the impact. “We see new faces every day,” said Director of Operations Michael Ottley who anticipates serving 300,000 meals in 2018. “Eating here offers the opportunity to not have to choose between a warm meal or paying rent.”
About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Farm to Tray:
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has been a symbol of hope and compassion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan since 1982. Every weekday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., nourishing meals are served to, on average, 1,000 hungry New Yorkers who dine in the beautiful sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to provide more than just a hot meal. A social services program connects guests with supportive services to help them navigate their way toward health, housing and jobs.
Farm to Tray is Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s largest annual fundraiser. On Thursday May 17, 2018, the event will feature tasting menus and beverages, live entertainment by students at Avenues: The World School, and an online auction. Since its inception in 2013, the Farm to Tray benefit has raised over $1,500,000 in cash and in-kind support and introduced over 90 new partnerships to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. These gains have made a considerable impact in the effort to support New York’s growing homeless and hungry populations. This year, the event will be honoring Google.
Tickets, Sponsorship, Journal Advertising and Silent Auction information, visit www.farmtotray.org or call 212-924-0167. For additional information about Farm to Tray please contact: Sara Pandolfi, Executive Producer, Farm to Tray.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 646.844.4495
Antiques Appraisal Day 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001, (212) 924-0167
Astor Galleries presents an ANTIQUE APPRAISAL DAY EVENT to benefit the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. A beacon of hope since 1982, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen serves about 1000 meals every weekday to homeless New Yorkers.
Stephen Cardile long time appraiser and founder of Astor Galleries will be bringing a team of recognized expert appraisers including Mara Dean (fine art appraiser), and Alex Salazar (fine art consultant) to Chelsea for the first time. The experts will appraise all types of Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage Items.
No appointments are made or necessary. Items will be appraised for just $10 each (or $25 for 3 items).
Astor Galleries has been holding these events throughout the tri-state area in order to educate the general public as to the true value of their items.
The Antique Appraisal Day is a welcomed event in the community because it enables people to have access to quick and affordable appraisals. These events benefit local organizations and are Astor Galleries’ way of giving back to the community.
Mr. Cardile has been appraising fine jewelry, art, antiques and collectibles for over 35 years.
By popular demand Qualified Consignments will be accepted plus Gold, Silver, Jewelry, and Coins will be purchased.
A LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MAKE HOUSE CALLS BY APPOINTMENT.
For more information, send an email to Stephen@astorgalleries.com or call 800-784-7876, www.astorgalleries.com.
Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
Phone: 646 998 6104
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen launches 6th annual Fast-A-Thon to combat chronic hunger in New York City
New York City, New York, September 15, 2017. On November 16th, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen will hold its 6th annual Fast-A-Thon, held one week before Thanksgiving every year, to raise awareness about chronic hunger in New York City and to raise much needed funds for its daily, emergency food program. The soup kitchen has been serving up to 1800 meals to homeless and hungry New Yorkers on weekdays without interruption since 1982. Latest figures show that 1 out of 6 New Yorkers experience food insecurity every day. The Fast-A-Thon is based on the simple idea that by pledging to eat only one meal on November 16th, like many homeless and vulnerable New Yorkers do every day, people can raise awareness about chronic hunger, and raise money to help the soup kitchen continue serving a meal every weekday, including our traditional Thanksgiving meal. The success of the Fast-A-Thon relies on grass roots and social media efforts of “Fast-A-Thoners” who join the campaign at https://holyapostlesfast-a-thon2017.causevox.com or the shortened URL: rebrand.ly/fastathon17 , between now and November 16th.
Interim Executive Director The Right Rev. Andrew R. St. John says, “By coming together as a community to fast and raise much needed funds for the soup kitchen we are also reminded that our guests’ hunger is real, is urgent, and requires our attention and care.”
The soup kitchen relies on charitable giving to fund more than half of its meals. Because of its partnership with area food rescue organizations, those costs work out to be only just over $1 per meal. Many soup kitchen guests report how their meals at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen make all their difference in their survival, health and success. “Coming here gives me the strength I need for work, and for the future too,” said Stephen, a soup kitchen guest who has recently found full time work and is no longer homeless.
Since 2012, individuals, teams and corporate supporters who have signed up for the annual Fast-A-Thon have raised over $270,000. Anyone can join by creating their own campaign page and sharing that link with their friends, family and social media network. To support the Fast-A-Thon, individuals can also donate to campaigns found at https://holyapostlesfast-a-thon2017.causevox.com/, or simply to the overall fundraiser. Organizations are encouraged to create Fast-A-Thon teams. Corporations such as Agera Energy, Investors Bank and KPMG have contributed generously, in addition to their enthusiastic employee participation.
About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen: Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has been a symbol of hope and compassion in Chelsea since 1982. Every weekday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., about 1000 nutritious meals are served to hungry New Yorkers who dine in the beautiful sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to provide more than just a hot meal, and a daily team of social workers help to connect guests with benefits and services.
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen to Mark 35 Years of Serving Meals to Homeless and Hungry New Yorkers
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New York City, New York, August 1, 2017. On the evening of October 26th, 2017, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, New York’s largest food emergency program, will honor all who have made it possible to serve hungry and homeless New Yorkers since October, 1982. The 35th anniversary celebration from 6 pm to 9 pm will be at The Church of the Holy Apostles at 296 Ninth Avenue where the soup kitchen operates, and will feature interactive archival exhibits, memorabilia, and food and beverages reminiscent of popular cuisine throughout the decades. Tickets are $35.00 and more information can be found here.
Since serving its first few meals in the fall of 1982, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has become a beacon of hope and compassion for countless New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity. With no income restrictions, it has welcomed both the chronically poor and those experiencing temporary financial setbacks.
“On any one day the homeless and the housed, the unemployed and those making minimum wage, senior citizens and even college students, will sit down together at our tables for a hot, nourishing meal,” says Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew St. John.
Its long history is a testament to the grass roots dedication of volunteers, staff and visionary leaders who have banded together even through overwhelming odds. The soup kitchen continued to serve meals through building renovations after a catastrophic 1990 fire, on the day of and through the aftermath of the tragic 9/11 attacks, and even during Hurricane Sandy and numerous storms and power outages. The brainchild of Father Rand Frew, the soup kitchen opened in late October, 1982 after much research, fundraising and support from the parish and local community in Chelsea. On that foundation, subsequent pastors, managers, cooks, and between fifty and seventy daily volunteers have continued a tradition that is now known for its smooth and efficient operations, nutritious meals using fresh produce, commitment to best food sustainable practices, and hospitality.
Offering more than emergency food, the mission of the soup kitchen is to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need. In addition to its food program, its social services program offers basic clothing and hygiene items, helps guests with referrals to health and housing services, an in-house computer lab and job search skills training. For decades, guests have also found nourishment for their soul through the soup kitchen’s writers’ workshop, meditation classes, and live music, among other offerings.
Highlighted in numerous publications for more than three decades, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and featured on local and national network news programs, the soup kitchen continues to demonstrate the ongoing challenge of hunger and best practices in food emergency program services.
This event commemorates all those who have stepped up to meet those challenges head on, and made a difference in the lives of New Yorkers who have sought relief and nourishment at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen since 1982.
Farm to Tray Event Raises over $235,000
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Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
New York City, New York, May 18th, 2017. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen – the largest soup kitchen in New York – hosted its fifth annual Farm to Tray benefit. With the help of some of New York’s favorite culinary names, the soup kitchen attracted nearly 400 guests, and raised a record breaking $235,000.
The soup kitchen, which is also marking 35 years of operation, feeds approximately 5,000 hungry and homeless New Yorkers every week, and relies on individual donations for about two-thirds of its funding. The benefit was launched in 2012 to celebrate the soup kitchen’s commitment to best food sustainable practices, such as purchasing New York state produce and partnering with New York City food waste organizations.
“The success of this year’s Farm to Tray will go a long way toward assuring vulnerable New Yorkers that they can have a place to come to for healthy meals throughout the coming months,” says Interim Executive Director the Right Reverend Andrew R. St. John. “With proposed cuts to government funding of food social safety net programs, times are even more uncertain for the food insecure in our city. But this outpouring of generosity from our supporters is a hopeful and moving testament to the compassion of New Yorkers.”
Guests at Farm to Tray enjoyed a diverse range of sustainable food delights, starting off with an outdoor ZICO Lounge and Garden Party featuring Seasonal Salad and Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich by Chef Joseph Cuccia of 17 Summer Restaurant, Pork Belly Chonut XXX and Bad as Texas Brisket by Chef Robert Austin Cho of Kimchi Smoke. The evening continued inside, where guests enjoyed a variety of dishes prepared on site by 10 chefs and restaurant teams generously donating their time and talent.
Joining the celebration, Senator Brad Hoylman presented and read his proclamation honoring Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on the occasion of its 35th Anniversary, and declaring May 18th as Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Appreciation Day in the 27th Senate District of New York.
“We’re grateful for all the support from our federal, state and local elected public officials who advocate our mission of sustainability, and helped make this year’s Farm to Tray a special celebration of our community,” says Michael Ottley, Director of Operations. “As we strive to bring more sustainable, healthy and nutritious fruit, vegetable and dairy to hungry New Yorkers who have relied on us for the past 35 years, I just want to say thank you to all the congressmen, who showed their support of our daily feeding program at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.”
Because the event was at the soup kitchen itself, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea, and because of in-kind donations of ingredients, silent auction items, photography, music by the talented Avenues World School students and volunteer efforts behind the scenes, most of the proceeds will go directly to the soup kitchen’s meal and social services program. This year for the first time, a volunteer media committee comprised of food bloggers and social media influencers was formed to actively publicize the event. And previous supporters and groups, such as Gotham Burger Social Club, returned as spokespersons, auction donors and highly competitive bidders. Whole Foods Market and dcc were the first to donate at the new $25,000 Diamond Sponsor level, followed by a generous $15,000 Platinum sponsorship from Agera Energy, and $10,000 Silver sponsorships from Google, Zico and Tabatchnick Fine Foods. Corporate and partnering organization sponsors such as Investors Bank, International Paper and Trinity Church were joined by individual “Visionary,” “Champion” and “Advocate” donors, helping to increase this year’s funds raised by almost 35% over the event’s 2016 revenue.
“We’re grateful to so many people for making this Farm to Tray such a success,” remarks Bishop St. John. “Our honorees, Whole Foods Market, Timothy Higden and Patrick Athy, have been so generous with their efforts and contributions over the five years since the beginning of Farm to Tray. Additionally, the many chefs and generous sponsors, silent auction donors, hard-working volunteers, and everyone who came to enjoy the night made this a joyful community effort, and a celebration of our mission.”
About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Farm to Tray:
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has been a symbol of hope and compassion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan since 1982. Every weekday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., nourishing meals are served to nearly 1,000 hungry New Yorkers who dine in the beautiful sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to provide more than just a hot meal. A social services program connects guests with supportive services to help them navigate their way toward health, housing and jobs. For more, visit: www.holyapostlessoupkitchen.org
2017 Farm to Tray
- Whole Foods Market
- Patrick Athy and Timothy Higdon, Founding Farm to Tray Partners
Culinary Partners and Menu
ZICO Lounge & Garden Party
Joseph Cuccia of 17 Summer Restaurant
- Seasonal Salad – Shaved Zucchini, Radish, Champagne Vinaigrette, Grated Ricotta Salata Alfajores
- Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich
Robert Austin Cho of Kimchi Smoke
- Chonut XXX – Pork Belly, Smoked Kimchi,Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Scallions, BBQ Sauce, Donut
- Bad as Texas Brisket – Smoked Brisket with dry rub, BBQ Sauce optional
Michael Armstrong of Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown
- Lamb Barbacoa Tacos with Salsa Borracha
- Seared Tuna on Sesame Tostaditas with Chipotle Aioli and Avocado
Ginger Pierce & Preston Madson of Jams
- Madras Curry Braised Lamb Neck over an English Pea Hummus with a Cilantro-Mint Chutney
- Baby Radishes dipped in Uni Butter and topped with Gomasio and Red Shiso
Laurence Edelman of Left Bank
- Handmade Mongolian Dumplings: Spicy Fish, Pork & Beef
- Mongolian Health Salad
Caroline Schiff of Scoops & Sweets at the Greene Grape
- Basil Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Whipped Cream
- Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream
Ralpheal Abrahante of Thalassa
- Quinoa Kale Fritter
- Branzino Tartare with Truffle Olive Oil
Craig Reid of The Westin New York at Times Square
- Bourbon Cured Gravlax: Blini, Crème fraîche, Heirloom Lemon Vinegar Pearls, Basil
- Persian Spiced Lamb Loin, Tart Tomato Chutney, Saffron Cracker
Yvan Lemoine of Union Fare
- Fresh Fusilli with Lamb Neck Ragu and Fresh Ricotta
Lauren Desteno of Vaucluse of Altamarea Group
- Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise and Sunflower Seeds, Spring Onion Tart
Meliano Plasencia of ZIO Ristorante
- ZIO Meatballs
- Lamb Ragu with Orecchiette
Felipe Saint-Martin of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
- Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Chips
- Apple Tortellini with Whipped Sweet Ricotta
For production information about Farm to Tray please contact:
Sara Pandolfi, Executive Producer, Farm to Tray
E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 917.991.3023
Social Media Handles
- Twitter: @holyapostlesnyc #farmtotray
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For Immediate Release
Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
Joseph Alexander, Director
WE SING, WE DANCE, WE FEED
New York City, New York March 20, 2017: TheEdwardMorganBallet will be honoring Earth Day and planting seeds of awareness with a performance of “The Creation” on April 21, 22, and 23 at the Church of the Holy Apostles. The 8 pm performances will benefit Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the Church’s primary on-site mission and non-sectarian program that has served hungry and homeless New Yorkers since 1982. This performance is free to the public, if you would like a reserved seat you must make a $50 donation. For free seating or reserved seating everyone must RSVP.
Advanced, reserved seating will be available for purchase online or by phone at (212) 582-1941
“Ballet dancers, musicians, actors and poets will raise awareness through the arts about homelessness in New York City,” says TheEdwardMorganBallet director Joseph Alexander. Mr. Alexander says he was inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation,” from the 1927 book of poems “God’s Trombones.”
The performance is choreographed by Edward Morgan, former principal of the original Joffrey Ballet NYC, director of Joffrey II, choreographer of the television show, ClubMTV, and now choreographer of his own ballet company TheEdwardMorganBallet, under the direction of Joseph Alexander. The New York Times has hailed TheEdwardMorganBallet as “luminous, joyous dance.”
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is committed to using earth friendly, food sustainable best practices that optimizes nutrition for its approximate 1000 hungry and homeless guests every weekday. The midday meals are served in the sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church where the evening “Creation” performances will be held in April. Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew R St John is thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day with EdwardMorganBallet, “The convergence of the arts, honoring the earth and raising awareness on behalf of homeless guests will be a beautiful way to express our commitment to what we call ‘Food for the Soul,’ he says, “We’re so impressed by and grateful for the Edward Morgan’s generous and tireless effort.”
Latest figures show New York homeless shelters are at a record high 60,400 homeless people each night, and over 24,000 of them are youth.
This Mass For The Ballet is inspired by one of Mr. Alexander’s dance students, part of TheEdwardMorgan Outreach Program. She came up to him in class and said, “I will be late for rehearsal tomorrow because I’m moving into a homeless shelter.” Mr. Alexander recalls that he was actually in shock when the little girl said this to him. He conferred with Edward Morgan
who responded by saying the little girl is very talented and mentally stable; his advice was that if she weren’t treated the same as everyone else, she wouldn’t be happy. “So I was afraid,” said Mr. Alexander, “but I turned around and said, ‘DON’T BE LATE!’ And the little girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh don’t worry Mr. Alexander, I already told my mama that we need to move early so we won’t be late!’” Not only did she do a great performance, but she was not late for rehearsal and her excitement and enthusiasm for the program blew Mr. Alexander away.
Please note, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House, and St. John’s Lutheran Church are donating substantial rehearsal space for this project.
“a sunny and compassionate interest in the world around them, an outlook reflected in this pristine young classical troupe and its vibrant repertory”
The New York Times
“Ballet For The Homeless” When: April 21, 22, 23 8 pm
Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue, New York New York 10001
You must RSVP at (212) 582-1941 for all seating, whether it is for a free seat or a reserved seat for a donation of $50. The youngest child that can attend this performance must be in 1st grade. Proceeds benefiting Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, We Dance To Heal The World!
New York’s largest food emergency program, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has welcomed hungry and homeless New Yorkers for midday meals and a social service program that offers comfort, justice, hope and opportunity since 1982.