The Sylvia Center featured on W-ABC TV Channel 7

Aug 22, 2014
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The Sylvia Center was featured on local news Channel 7 last night with Lauren Glassberg. Watch the video here.

First Signs of Spring

Mar 17, 2014
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After such a snowy winter, it’s hard to believe that spring is arriving. But,


in January, we ordered seeds,


in February, we started seeds in the greenhouse,


and just last week, our baby chicks arrived.


Help us kick off the season by making a contribution today. Your gift will help us pay for all of the pre-season expenses that allow us to open up our Children’s Garden at Katchkie Farm to hundreds of children starting in May:


$25 will buy five varieties of seeds towards the 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers we grow at the farm


$50 will buy two weeks of organic feed for our baby chicks


$100 will buy cooking supplies for our Seed-to-Plate classes in Columbia County schools and community centers


$150 will buy a month of feed, bedding, and other supplies for our two piglets


Any amount you choose - all donations make a difference!




Spring Planting Day with Dan Zanes

Feb 24, 2014
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You’re Invited!

Saturday, May 10, 2014 Rain or shine!
at Katchkie Farm, Kinderhook, NY


Join The Sylvia Center and Dan Zanes, from Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes and Friends, to celebrate the coming of spring. Come sing songs and help us prep the garden for the growing season! All ages are welcome.


$10 suggested donation per family. To attend the event, please register at


Please bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the farm, or pre-order a boxed lunch for the day of the event when you register.


About Dan Zanes

Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican son jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. With his band, Dan Zanes and Friends, he has toured around the world sharing his handmade 21st century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids and kid sympathizers. For more than a decade Grammy award winner Dan Zanes has been presenting his musical friends to the world with his original albums, introducing new songs and reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—it’s just that people forgot about them. Referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time Magazine, his widely-acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Find more about Dan Zanes at



The Art of Cooking 2013

Oct 21, 2013
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Thank you to everyone who made The Art of Cooking such a successful, delicious and unforgettable evening!

On Tuesday, October 15th, thanks to the generosity of so many, we raised over $350,000 to fund The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health Program in New York City Housing Authority community centers. The event was the perfect moment to honor two early supporters of the Cooks for Health program: Rachael Ray and the Yum-o! organization, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. The evening’s menu was curated by Rozanne Gold and inspired by The Sylvia Center’s seasonal and plant-based curriculum.

Student chefs from the Williamsburg NYCHA community center came and helped prepare hors d’oeuvres — including eggplant mozzarella crostini and green tomato gazpacho — and demonstrated some of the skills they have mastered through The Sylvia Center’s Cooks for Health program. They did a great job and had a blast talking about their favorite foods with Rachael Ray, whose natural enthusiasm and passion for healthy cooking with children inspired the evening.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude, and excited for the future. So many students will learn to cook in the coming year because of your support. Thanks to all for believing so much in the children we work with, and for making it possible for us to continue — and grow! — the work.

Here are just a few snapshots from the evening (click thumbnail to view full photo), and our brand-new video below, followed by special thanks to all our event sponsors, donors and supporters.






A big thank-you to all of our event supporters!


Gala Chairs

Cindy & David Edelson

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman

Amy Todd Middleton & Curt Middleton

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger


Gala Committee

Sharon Avneri & Colin Finkelstein

Lizzie & Scott Domansky

Lara & Doug Holtz

Dina & David Weinstein

Amy Berlin Wolpert & Ivan Wolpert


Benefit Committee

Jody & John Arnhold

Ellen Ball

Donna & Anthony Barrett

Laura & Lloyd Blankfein

Alison Block & Stephane Gerson

Ashley Bradley

Allison Cayne

Ronnie Davis

Wendy Dessy

Leslie Dezer & Ricardo Salmon

Lauren & Lee Feldman

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

James Frey

Barrie Glabman & Adam Schwartz

Rozanne Gold & Michael Whiteman

John G. Hall

Anne Heyman & Seth Merrin

Harriet & Len Holtz

Maureen & Jonathan Holtz

Robert L. Ireland, Jr.

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Fran & Jack Levy

Amanda & Marcel Lundberg

Jackie Mahal & Ben Segal

Dodi Meyer MD

Katie Michel

Janet Montag

Lori & David Moore

Gary Podell

Heidi & Richard Reiger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Jill & Howard Sharfstein

Peggy & David Tanner

Mish Tworkowski

Teri & Barry Volpert


Platinum Sponsor

Trudy Elbaum Gottesman & Robert Gottesman


Gold Sponsor

Tishman Speyer


Silver Sponsor


Cindy & David Edelson

Karen Freedman & Roger Weisberg

Nina Freedman & Michael Rosenbaum

Susan Freedman & Richard Jacobs

Liz Neumark & Chaim Wachsberger

Rebecca & Arthur Samberg

Alice & Tom Tisch

Joanne & Fred Wilson


Platinum Ticket

Ulrika & Joel Citron

Sherrell Andrews Kuhbach

Fran & Jack Levy

Teri & Barry Volpert


Gold Ticket

Susan Cahn & Mario Batali

Amy & Roger Faxon

Judith R. & Alan H. Fishman

Sonia Gardner

Robert L. Ireland Jr.

Madhu Katta

Stacey & Curtis Lane

Michael Pollack

Mindy Schneider & Michael Lesser

Margaret Segal & David Topper

Tracy Chutorian Semler & Eric Semler

Lisa Wolfe & Joseph Ravitch

Remco Van Vliet

Lise & Jeffrey Wilks


Auction Donors

Preston Bailey

Mark Bittman

Brooklyn Roasting Company


Fernanda Capobianco, Vegan Divas

Delaware North Companies

Cindy & David Edelson

Rob Endelman

Barbara Girodano

Rozanne Gold

Eve Goldberg

Great Performances

Steven Haigh, Zuma

Lara Holtz

Renee Iacone & Steve Clearman

The Jacobs Family

Zackary Lauth, Waited Collective

Loews Hotel

Manjiro Designs

Amy Todd Middleton

Murray’s Cheese

Nespresso USA

Paula Oland

Adam Platt

Ben Pollinger & Nick Livanos, Oceana

Paulette Tavormina

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