• Geraldo Doodles To Feed The Poor

      Hello, CT here. Ever wonder what Geraldo does when he isn't hosting or chasing down leads on that next big story? He's doing all he can to help his fellow man or woman...whether they've suffered a financial set back or had some other hardship, Geraldo does all he can, all year round.

      CELEBRITIES DOODLE TO HELP FIGHT HUNGER

      St. Francis Food Pantries' Celebrity Art Auction "Doodle For Hunger XII"

      Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY | 11.03.2011 | by Merry Esparza

      On November 3rd, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters held its annual Doodle For Hunger charity auction featuring original artworks, or doodles, created and signed by actors, artists, politicians, and sports icons. FOX 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos hosted the evening which featured a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by an awards program and a live auction. The Guest of Honor was Fox News channel's Geraldo Rivera, anchor of Geraldo At Large, Senior War Correspondent, and senior columnist for Fox News Latino. Actor Tony Lo Bianco entertained live auction bidders, and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly paid tribute to the late, legendary Daily News cartoonist, Bill Gallo. (left: Geraldo Rivera)

      Doodle For Hunger notables included Executive Director/Creator, Joseph Sano, and Father Francis Gasparik from St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.

      Following the reception, FOX 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos introduced the evening's speakers at the podium. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Presenting Sponsors Margo and John Catsimatidis addressed attendees. Commissioner Kelly presented an award to Dolores and Greg Gallo, the wife and son of renowned cartoonist Bill Gallo, who died earlier this year of complications from pneumonia. An enthusiastic supporter of the Doodle For Hunger benefit, Bill Gallo was best known for his Daily News sports cartoons. His work can also be seen on the walls of Manhattan's Overlook bar and restaurant and is in the permanent collections of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Finally, Ernie Anastos warmly welcomed Honoree Geraldo Rivera to the podium. Mr. Rivera ended his address by displaying the doodle he had created for the auction.

      The Doodle For Hunger auction featured artwork by a wide array of celebrities including Donald Trump, Bill O'Reilly, John Travolta, Rod Gilbert, Manolo Blahnik, Betty White, LeRoy Neiman, Peter Max, Jeff Bridges, Yogi Berra, Jodie Foster, Brooke Shields, Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Kirsten Gillibrand, and many more. Guest Auctioneer Kathleen Guzman conducted the live auction, while Tony Lo Bianco joked with the crowd. Fox 5's Nick Gregory was also on hand, and portions of the live auction were taped for Fox 5's News at Ten. By the evening's end, very few artworks remained unclaimed.

      St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters' mission is to alleviate the physical and emotional hunger of the needy in a dignified and supportive manner. The organization takes a comprehensive approach, working to eradicate not only hunger, but the structural causes of hunger. St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide food, clothing, shelter, and related social services to those in need, serving more than nine thousand underprivileged families in New York each week.

      For more information, please visit: St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.