NETWORKING BREAKFAST AT EATELY: JOYFUL AND EMOTIONAL
At 8:00 am on June 13th, about 90 Big Apple Greeter supporters ooohed and aaahed their way through Eataly, at 101 Liberty Street in Manhattan. This amazing restaurant/store is chock-a-block with food, kitchen utensils, cook books, bowls, napkins – anything having to do with food, eating, and Italy.
As the networking began, guests indulged in fruit, pastries, croissants, and yogurts with different toppings. The networking didn’t stop; the space was absolutely packed.
Co-Chairs Christopher P. Boylan and Patrick W. Condren welcomed everyone to this “nifty venue.” They thanked our sponsors for their support and invited them to the podium to share some of the events and happenings about town: NYC & Company represented by Kelly Ann Curtin, Empire Outlets of Staten Island represented by Travis Noyes, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey represented by Ralph Tragale.
Co-Chairs Chris and Patrick thanked everyone who works to make the program a success: our dedicated Board of Directors, the tireless volunteers and staff, including Executive Director Alicia Pierro and Director of Programs & Volunteers Gail Morse.
Patrick Condren introduced Special Guest Alice M. Greenwald, President & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, who had an informal conversation with Garrett Bowden, Board Member of Big Apple Greeter.
Ms. Greenwald spoke poignantly about the Museum – how its architecture, history, and memory help us understand the enormity of what happened. It is a magnificent tribute to those we lost that day. Trip Advisor named it the Best Museum in America and 2nd Best Museum in the World.
The museum also tells the story of what happened after 9/11. New York became a different place. We were all in it together. People from every part of the city asked, “What can I do to help?” The museum’s very existence is a celebration of resilience.
The event closed with Board Member Merrie L. Davis handing out door prizes: two pairs of tickets to attend The Greatest Musical Never Written – the first fully improvised musical. Winners were Alana Kiss of Nichols & Lence and Greeter Bob Ross.
The Museum is a story of people coming together to help each other – very much in keeping with the spirit of Big Apple Greeter and the spirit of the morning.
After the breakfast, we were off to the Oculus.