700 lucky dinner guests filled Pier Sixty restaurant in the Chelsea Piers complex on April 23rd to honor U2 guitarist the Edge at The Food Bank of New York City’s annual Can-Do Awards Gala. U2 has supported the Food Bank over the years by recording public service announcements and by contributing memorabilia to the organization’s charity auctions. Last year the Edge was not only a celebrity lunchbox contributor, he was also a buyer, picking up a lunchbox designed by former President Bill Clinton for $11,000. Other honorees at the event included Jimmy Fallon, Reverend Terry Troia, Anthony Bowe, Larry Goodrich, and Marisa Farina.
Master of Ceremonies Stanley Tucci introduced Food Bank New York president Lucy Cabrera, and later Mario Batali introduced Jimmy Fallon as a “Franchise player for the New York Food Bank team.” Fallon picked up an acoustic guitar and sang a song he admitted he “wrote in 10 minutes, but it means so much to me.” During the evening, guests made generous silent auction bids on items ranging from artist photographs of Bowie, Lou Reed, and The Edge, to dinner packages and pot luck prizes.