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Richard Saltzman, Bette Saltzman, Judy Slotkin and Todd Slotkin
Richard Saltzman, Bette Saltzman, Judy Slotkin and Todd Slotkin.

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The Eleventh Annual Food Allergy Ball, presented by the Food Allergy Initiative, took place on Monday, December 8, 2008 at The Waldorf-Astoria.  The evening raised $5 million, which will benefit the Food Allergy Initiative's research activities and educational programs aimed at effectively treating and raising awareness of life-threatening food allergies.

This year's event honored Richard Saltzman, president of Colony Capital, LLC, and his wife, Bette Saltzman, a longtime advocate for food-allergic families. David Bunning and Denise Bunning received the FAI Legacy Award for their commitment to bettering the lives of those afflicted with food allergies. FAI's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Marcus Samuelsson, chef and co-owner of Restaurant Aquavit, who spoke about his personal experience with food allergies.

David H. Koch was the Corporate Dinner chair, Sharyn T. Mann and Todd J. Slotkin were the Gala Dinner chairs, and Patricia Cayne and James Cayne, Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Julia Koch were the Benefit Dinner chairs. Kelli O'Hara and David Pittsinger of Broadway's South Pacific gave a special performance.

The Food Allergy Initiative is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies.  FAI supports public policy initiatives to create safer environments for the estimated 12 million Americans affected by food allergies. Founded in 1998, the organization also raises awareness by developing educational programs for schools, health and child care workers, and members of the food service and hospitality industries.

Julian Niccolini and Marcus Samuelsson
Julian Niccolini and Marcus Samuelsson.

  David Koch and Julia Koch
David Koch and Julia Koch.

Sharyn Mann and Stephen Mann
Sharyn Mann and Stephen Mann.

  Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Mary Richardson Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr..

Abbey Braverman and Steven Braverman
Abbey Braverman and Steven Braverman.

  Roxanne Palin and Dean Palin
Roxanne Palin and Dean Palin.

Inge Rennert and Nina Rennert Davidson
Inge Rennert and Nina Rennert Davidson.

  Florence Fabricant and Richard Fabricant
Florence Fabricant and Richard Fabricant.

Lori Stokes
Lori Stokes.

  Michele Herbert
Michele Herbert.

Paul Leff, Helen Jaffe, Julie Leff and David Jaffe
Paul Leff, Helen Jaffe, Julie Leff and David Jaffe.

Dr. Hugh Sampson, Judith Hannan and John Hannan
Dr. Hugh Sampson, Judith Hannan and John Hannan.

  Arthur Backal and Liana Silverstein Backal
Arthur Backal and Liana Silverstein Backal.

Aryan Shayegani and Frank Bruno
Aryan Shayegani and Frank Bruno.

  Beth Klein and Michael Klein
Beth Klein and Michael Klein.

Michael Urfirer, Doni Fordyce Urfirer
Michael Urfirer, Doni Fordyce Urfirer.

  Bill Etkin and Leslie Cornfeld
Bill Etkin and Leslie Cornfeld.

David Pittsinger and Kelli O’Hara
David Pittsinger and Kelli O'Hara.

Photos: Images 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 13-19: Julie Skarratt.   Images 2, 5, 6, 9-12 : Patrick McMullan
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