September 25, 2019

On September 25 nearly 400 people gathered at Marquee NYC for The Samfund Annual Celebration. The Samfund Annual Celebration was an amazing opportunity for Expect Miracles Foundation’s new and long time supporters alike to come together and learn more about our new program. The event featured delicious food prepared by NYC-area chefs, specialty cocktails, a great silent auction, and the presentation of the Chef Fatima Spirit Award by Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn to Kurt and John Schwartz, two brothers who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean several years ago to raise funds and awareness of The Samfund. The Chef Fatima Spirit Award was created in memory of Chef Fatima Ali, a Top Chef contestant who was able to join at this annual celebration last year and passed away from Ewing Sarcoma in January of this year. Four of her fellow contestants from Season 15 of Bravo’s Top Chef, including the winner, Joe Flamm, and runner-up, Adrienne Cheatham, were at the event cooking up some dishes. The event raised over $250,000 to support The Samfund and will be used to provide support to young adults who are struggling financially because of cancer through direct financial assistance and free online support and education.



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