Last week Between the Bread had the opportunity to cater a Fundraiser for a terrific organization. The Silent Auction taking place at the MPE Penthouse in Midtown Manhattan benefited the Manitou Experience, a summer camp for young boys who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Founded in 2007, the Manitou Experience brings children from all backgrounds together to the scenic Belgrade Lakes in Maine, to help them through the grieving process. It resembles other summer camps in many ways, with a variety of sports and activities available, but is special because it bonds the boys with other campers experiencing similar losses. With an emphasis on friendship and support, the Manitou Experience is a truly unique organization that we are proud to say we have worked with.
Our job as a Premier Caterer in New York City brings us to some fascinating events. We often have the opportunity to work with interesting and talented businesses, artists, politicians, and people from all over the world.
On April 4th, we had the chance to work with the United Nations on their annual event for International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, bringing together ambassadors and dignitaries from around the globe. This day is used to recognize landmine survivors, those injured due to mines, and the efforts of de-miners worldwide. In addition, the UN works with over 40 countries in mine risk education and assists disabled mine victims. The theme of this year’s event was “Lend Your Leg”, to demonstrate support to amputees of landmines. Many of the 150 in attendance rolled their pant leg as a symbol of support.
An art exhibit, titled “UN Common Cause” accompanied the speech by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which showcased fantastic and emotional portraits of mine victims, survivors, and fighters in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Libya. The photography by Marco Grob and Giovanni Diffidenti did an amazing job of telling these stories. Many had lost limbs at a young age, while others work on mine teams in their home countries. While each soul told a different story, the common thread was that each of these individuals was faced with the threat of landmines each day; walking to school, going to work, just crossing the street could be uncertain.
It was an incredible learning experience to be a part of this event. The UN Mine Action Support Team (UNMAST) along with other partnering organizations continue to make progress in clearing unexploded ordnance and turning dangerous areas into safe, productive land. For more information please visit www.mineaction.org.