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Founders’ Inaugural Benefit Dinner


Thank You!


Wow, our coming-out party on January 11th was quite a night! We remain amazed, and humbled, and incredibly grateful. The warmth, support and generosity that was shown was magical. From all of us at The Jacques Pépin Foundation and especially those whose lives you will impact, We THANK YOU!   


Donations support our efforts to provide culinary and life skills training to under-served populations. I hope we were able to make clear the impact that this event will have in improving lives and strengthening communities through the JPF. Community-based culinary education is truly a win-win-win: for society, the individual and the food service industry. It provides opportunities for amazing individuals, like Andrew Zimmern, to reclaim their lives. 

Please visit (JPF Founders' Inaugural Benefit) to see beautiful images of the gala. We encourage you to share/post/tweet/ and use #JPFNYC to spread the word about your experience and the important work The Jacques Pépin Foundation is supporting. Please credit our photographers Ken Goodman and Arielle Figueredo if possible. 

We are so grateful to everyone that was able to attend and those who support us in other ways. The JPF has a long and powerful future ahead. We have been given the confidence that our path is strong, and valued, and that we will be moving forward on this mission as a community.


Watch for local events in Boston, Newport, Stonington, CT, Seattle, and our second annual gala, next March in New York City.


Again, from the bottom of our hearts, Thank you! 



Our Very Best Regards,  

Rollie Wesen 


Rollie Wesen, M.Ed. C.E.C. 

Chief Operating Officer   

The Jacques Pépin Foundation




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