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The annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards event will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at The Edison Ballroom in NYC. This will be a special evening of music and activism honoring musician and Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste for his philanthropic initiatives and our grassroots partner Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger for their work to increase access to nutritious food and build food justice in their community. Comedian and talk show host Pete Dominick will host the night and guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and of course, an amazing musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human! Join us for an impactful night as we celebrate the work being done in the fight against hunger and poverty, and look ahead at what's to come.

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Artist Honoree: Jon Batiste


Jon Batiste, is a musician, educator and humanitarian from Kenner, LA who has created a signature sound that is true to his roots. In addition to performing internationally with his band, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Batiste is the music director and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Batiste's debut studio album, “Social Music,” reached #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album Chart. Batiste is the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, was named one of Forbes “30 Under 30” most influential people in the art world, is a Movado Future Legend Award recipient and is one of the youngest Steinway Performing Artists of all time. Born into a long line of celebrated musicians in Louisiana, Batiste received his undergraduate and masters degrees at Juilliard School.

Grassroots Honoree: 

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger


Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger was founded in 1998 by Dr. Melony Samuels as a small traditional food pantry operating out of a church basement; they are now the largest pantry in Brooklyn, providing the basic staples of a well-balanced diet to more than 30,000 low-income individuals each month. Through their flagship location, mobile pantry and two urban farms, they distributed food to provide approximately 3 million meals to New Yorkers last year. Designed to support its clients’ dignity as well as provide nourishment, the organization is unusual in allowing its clients to select fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and other staple items according to their preferences. They go beyond feeding to work at the intersection of hunger and health, economic security, community development and youth leadership.