Often times when you finish the last chapter of a good book, in many cases you may find yourself left with a few burning questions.
For the last 11 years, God’s Love We Deliver has given readers the opportunity to ask those very specific questions to their favorite authors at their annual Authors In Kind luncheon.
Our Board member Linda Fairstein, who founded the event 11 years ago works with our friends and executive committee to select a great group of authors to join us for the annual fundraiser,” Emmett Findley, communications manager said.
This year’s Authors In Kind event welcomed: Robin Cook, author of Cell, Barbara Eherenreich, author of Living With a Wild God, Michael Anthony, author of The Grammercy Tavern Cookbook and Linda Fairstein, author of the Alex Cooper crime novel series, Death Angel and Terminal City on May 9th. Fairstein also served as the event’s mistress of ceremonies at New York’s Metropolitan Club.
The event brought in over 270 excited friends waiting to hear from their favorite authors and to have their books signed.
“Our annual literary luncheon is a fundraiser for God’s Love but also a great way to raise awareness for our cause and bring friends together over their shared love of books and our important mission,” Findley said. The event was a resounding success with sold out ticket sells to prove it.
God’s Love We Deliver began their work in the mid-1980s during the hysteria of the AIDS epidemic, when many infected with the disease were treated like lepers. Since then, they’ve grown to feed individuals with other chronic diseases that prevent them from preparing their own meals, completely free of charge.
“God’s Love fundraises year-round,” he said. “More than 70 percent of our budget is raised through fundraising, and we are grateful to the individuals, corporations and foundations and the guests at our special events that help make our programs possible.”
Currently, God’s Love is working aggressively to complete a major campaign for the construction of their new home located in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, slated for completion in 2015. The building will be named in honor of one of its biggest supporters, fashion designer, Michael Kors.
“God’s Love held our groundbreaking ceremony on October 2, 2013 and demolition of our SoHo site began in December 2013,” Findley said. “We’re now several months into the construction process and expect it to be complete in early 2015.”
“Since 2007, the demand for our services has grown at an exponential rate, up more than 60 percent in just the past five years alone,” Findley said. “Today, cooking and delivering more than 1 million meals annually, we’ve outgrown our home in SoHo. In order to continue to respond to the urgent needs of our clients for years to come, we have embarked on a building expansion campaign that will more than double the size and capacity of our current facility.”
Their delivery team works year-round to prepare for unexpected weather conditions like this winter’s Polar Vortex.
“This past winter was especially tough, with severe snowstorms causing significant delivery challenges,” he said. “With weather forecasts and a strategic planning committee, God’s Love coordinated special hours of operation after we re-opened, with groups of volunteers to pitch in and phone calls and emails with our clients to let them know what to expect with our office’s closings and re-openings.”
If this story has piqued your interest and you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities or make a contribution to God’s Love We Deliver, you can visit them online at: http://www.glwd.org.