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Food is Medicine Gala 2016

2016 Food is Medicine Event Raises Record Amount — $137,000 — for Hungry Families Served by the Greater Boston Food Bank

On Thursday evening, September 22, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Department of Surgery’s Committee on Social Responsibility, in partnership with BIDMC and many others within and outside the medical center, held its fourth annual “Food is Medicine” gala to support the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), an official partner of BIDMC. All contributions from the event support the Greater Boston Food Bank and the hungry families throughout eastern Massachusetts it serves.

This event, which took place at the GBFB in Boston, included cocktails, hearty hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, was attended by some 300 people from throughout the Boston health care and business communities. Pivotal to the event’s enormous success was the participation and support of numerous generous donors (listed below) and contributors of silent auction items.

Speaking briefly at the event (from left in photo, above) were: Elliot Chaikof, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at BIDMC; GBFB CEO and President Catherine D’Amato; Allen Hamdan, MD, a BIDMC Vice Chair of Surgery, the driving force behind the event and chairman of the GBFB Board of Advisors; GBFB Chief Medical Officer Kathryn Brodowski, MD; and Assaad Sayah, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Cambridge Health Alliance.

The event helps provide the most important medicine — food — to hungry families in eastern Massachusetts.  This year’s fundraiser brought in a record $137,000, the equivalent of 411,000 meals.

In the four years since its inception, Food is Medicine has raised nearly $326,000 (more than 978,000 meals) to help feed hungry families. Funds came from ticket sales and a silent auction as well as individual donations.

For more information about Food is Medicine or how you can help, please contact Dr. Allen Hamdan, Co-Chair of the Department of Surgery’s Committee on Social Responsibility at

Donations to Food is Medicine 2016 are still welcome. To make a donation of any amount, go to


Carol Anderson, Board of Directors, BIDMC

Cambridge Health Alliance

Elliot Chaikof, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, BIDMC

Allen Hamdan, MD, Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery, BIDMC

Kevin Tabb, MD, President and CEO, BIDMC 


30,000 Healthy Meals: COMMUNITY HEALTH LEADERS ($10,000)

Cambridge Health Alliance

Delta Air Lines

Bob and Cynthia Lepofsky                                                       


15,000 Healthy Meals: COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTNERS ($5,000)


Carol and Howard Anderson

Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, BIDMC (Daniel Talmor, MD, Chief)

Department of Surgery, BIDMC (Elliot Chaikof, MD, PhD, Chairman)

Stephen Kay and Lisbeth Tarlow


6,000 Healthy Meals: COMMUNITY HEALTH SPONSORS ($2,000)

CareGroup (John Szum, Executive VP and CFO)

Joel and Randi Cutler                       

Ted Cutler, BIDMC Director Emeritus

Department of Emergency Medicine, BIDMC  (Richard Wolfe, MD, Chief)

Department of Medicine, BIDMC (Mark Zeidel, MD, Chairman)

Department of Neonatology, BIDMC (DeWayne Pursley, MD, Chief)

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BIDMC (Hope Ricciotti, MD, Chairman)

Department of Orthopaedics, BIDMC (Mark Gebhardt, MD, Chief)                    

Department of Pathology, BIDMC (Jeffrey Saffitz, MD, PhD, Chairman)

Department of Psychiatry, BIDMC (William Greenberg, MD, Chief)

Department of Radiation Oncology, BIDMC (Mary Ann Stevenson, MD, Chief)

Department of Radiology, BIDMC (Jonathan Kruskal, MD, PhD, Chairman)

Allen and Alexis Hamdan

Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (HMFP) at BIDMC

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (Peter Healy, CEO)         

Daniel and Elizabeth Jick                 

Bill Johnston and Leslie Sennott     

Mount Auburn Hospital (Jeanette Clough, President and CEO)

Partners HealthCare (Chris and Nancy Coburn)     

CardioVascular Institute, BIDMC (Cynthia Phelan, Executive Director)

Robert E. and Carol Riley

Clayton Turnbull


Thank you for your support and contributions toward ending hunger in our community.