Hotel Cooks Prepare Annual Diner for NYC Homeless, Wealthy

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Wealthy And Homeless Set To Break Bread At St. Bartholomew’s Church In Midtown.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some wealthy Manhattan residents left luxury dwellings behind Friday to dine shoulder to shoulder with the homeless — in a holiday event that seemed like an experiment when it was first held last year. This year, The Four Seasons restaurant is joining The New York Palace and The Waldorf-Astoria hotels in serving a gourmet meal to provide some relief and conversation for more than 250 homeless people. Instead of an organ, a jazzy saxophonist set the mood for the event, called Fair Share Friday. “How can we do that unless we get two groups of people – the homeless and those who have housing – together, and have them begin thinking about it and talking?” Sunderland said. She said she understands that some people prefer to write a check rather than be with homeless people in a more direct way. “But when you sit down and share a meal, you recognize there but for the grace of God go I,” Mitchell said. “We’re all just a series of bad decisions away from being in the same place.” Mitchell said she met a homeless man last year that had been to Europe and hoped to find a job someday in the music industry.

I was stunned, absolutely stunned.” Sunderland said some focus groups he had conducted since the last dinner almost made him cry as homeless people described the positive effect the dinner had on them. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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