Friday, October 07, 2005

Saying Goodbye To Nightline

Ted Koppel

Yes, it's really been that long, as well as being yet another thing that I can remember when it first arrived on the scene in 1980. But sadly, Ted Koppel will anchor his last edition of "Nightline" on Nov. 22, with the first post-Koppel edition of the ABC newscast airing Nov. 28, the network said yesterday. At the time it was TV's main showcase, which delved into what was happening in the Middle East. Koppel has anchored the late-night news show since its official launch in March 1980. The show itself, basically grew out of a series of special reports about the Iranian hostage crisis that began the previous November, and it turns out, Americans have been staying up to watch it ever since. Clearly, both Koppel and this informative news program that has been bidding us goodnight for the past 25 years, will surely be missed. Best of luck with all future endeavors, Ted.

As promised, I'm pleased to post another effort being put forth by the food industry in a time when it is still very sorely needed:



WHAT: Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading anti-hunger organization committed to ending childhood hunger, will host a Restaurants for Relief Gala in Washington, DC on October 17. Fifty of the top chefs from around the country will create a southern tasting extravaganza as a tribute to the affected region to raise much needed relief and recovery funds for Hurricane Katrina. The event will feature special entertainment as well as exciting silent and live auctions.

WHO: Fifty of the top chefs from around the country, including Todd Gray(Equinox, Washington, D.C.,), Roberto Donna (Galileo, Washington,DC ),
David English (New Orleans, LA), NormanVan Aken (Coral Gables, FL),Mary Sue Milliken (Santa Monica,CA) and many more.

WHEN: Monday, October 17, 2005
7:00 – 10:00 pm

WHERE: The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

WHY: One hundred percent of the proceeds will support the efforts to rebuild the food banks inthe Gulf area with whom Share Our Strength has long standing partnerships and whose services will be in greater demand than ever. These funds will ensure that desperately needed aid for both immediate and long-term care is distributed to the thousands of families impacted by the hurricane.

TICKETS: General Public- $125.00. To purchase tickets, go to
(please note – this is a new price)

Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading anti-hunger organizations, is committed to building the first hunger-free generation in America. More than 13 million children face hunger in our country and through innovative fund-raising opportunities - from holding volunteer-led special events todeveloping unique corporate partnerships - Share Our Strength is working towards ensuring these children have access to nutritious food that enables them to learn, grow and thrive. Since its founding in 1984, Share Our Strength has raised more than $188 million supporting more than 1,100 anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations worldwide. For more information please visit the SOS website .

The first weekend in October -- can you believe how fast this year has literally blown by? A rainy one has now been forecast for NYC and the outlying areas, but as always, try to make it a good one...wherever you might be. Peace.

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