Shopping, champagne, and treats are not things many New Yorkers would turn down. Luxury retailer Henri Bendel teamed up with Food Bank for New York City this past Wednesday night to give shoppers just that experience while shopping for a cause.

Food Bank for New York Delivers More than Food

Henri Bendel participated in the #GoOrange campaign to end hunger by giving 10% of proceeds for the evening to the Food Bank for New York City. The Food Bank does more than serve food out of their kitchens. They work to provide a range of services throughout the five boroughs to ensure New Yorkers can afford food, and make steps towards gaining independence. Furthermore, they offer educational services centered around teaching people how to eat healthy on a low budget. Gloria Pitagorsky, board member for the Food Bank for New York City said, “ …We are always happy to have events that garner support for the Food Bank. It is wonderful to be able to have an event on 5th avenue to raise awareness, because this is an issue that is happening right in our backyards.”

Food Bank for New York City

Fashion and Charity

On hand to help motivate shoppers was committee member Kelly Bensimon of the Real Housewives of New York fame. Ms. Bensimon shared her experiences helping in the Food Bank for New York kitchen, in her “high heels” along side of her daughters, encouraging others to get involved. If shoppers were unsure of where to start, Kelly and Creative Director for Henri Bendel, Pina Ferisi, gave attendees a quick guide to what is hot this season and most popular in accessories. Ms. Ferisi stated, “…Henri Bendel is proud to have been partnering with the Food Bank for New York City for the past couple of years. This event is a wonderful way to mix fashion with charity.”

Food Bank for New York City

As shoppers browsed through the gorgeous Henri Bendel store, they were invited to sample treats from sponsors such as Sprinkles Cupcakes, Lavazza coffees, and Jcoco couture chocolates.

Find out more information on how you can help the Food Bank For New York City by visiting

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