Tonight, Glamour Magazine celebrates the 22nd Annual Women of the Year event in New York City’s beautiful Carnegie Hall with 4,000 of their closest friends. Sponsored by L’Oréal Paris and hosted by Glamour Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive and EVP & Publishing Director Bill Wackermann, the event honors courageous and inspiring women who are changing the world.
You may be thinking, “Very cool…. But what in the world does this have to do with food trucks?”
We’re glad you asked.
This past Friday and Saturday, the Glamour family put their compassion into action. Via three food trucks (Now Eat This Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling, and Milk Truck), Glamour and L’Oreal donated a meal for every single guest seated in Carnegie Hall during tonight’s event. On its own, that was an enormously generous gesture. Glamour didn’t stop there. On both days, Glamour staff volunteered all day with the food trucks in the Rockaways and on Staten Island. Shovels, garbage bags, or plates full of dumplings in hand, they joined others in the effort to rebuild neighborhoods- and spirits- absolutely demolished by nature’s forces.
“Our food trucks were in great company. For every piece of rubble, it seemed there was another volunteer eager to help clean up. There were caterers from Manhattan giving out hot chicken soup, high school girls from the Bronx hopping in assembly lines wherever they were needed, a father and his sons with a U-Haul full of donations they had collected and driven in from their hometown in Connecticut, Iraq and Afghanistan war vets impressively organizing the operations, and so many others,” reports Glamour designer Carly Rockwell.
Kate Sanders, Glamour Contributing Editor, said of her time spent in Queens on Saturday, “It’s hard to believe Rockaway is just 20 miles from our office in Times Square; the place we visited Saturday felt like a different country, dim and chaotic, like it’d been blasted by a torpedo or was recovering from war.” She continues, “You go to Rockaway and you see lone exposed staircases that once had people’s homes enclosed around them, piles of rubble where just weeks ago there was beautiful beach, water stains on ceilings that make you realize just how high the flooding got. The disaster, displacement, and devastation are obvious, but equally obvious is that people from all over are working day and night to make things better.”
Since October 31st, many of our members have been out serving in areas impacted drastically by the storm. The days are long and the logistics tedious to ensure that we are able to do the most good for the most people. Without companies like Glamour Magazine and L’Oréal Paris underwriting the efforts, it would be impossible. We thank them for their incredible donations and efforts spent on the ground and wish them a wonderful event tonight.
To learn more about Glamour Magazine’s 22nd Annual Women of the Year event, please visit their website or follow them on Twitter @GlamourMag. Also, please be sure to tweet them a big thank you for looking out for our NYC family using the hash tag #woty!