Every year, Wellness in the Schools (WITS) hosts a gala featuring top chefs, restaurants, and beverage purveyors in NYC. The event features tastings from over 30 of NYC’s top restaurants, chefs, and beverage providers, live entertainment, and an auction. This year’s hosts and VIP celebrity guests include Nancy Easton, Bill Telepan, Jenna Wolfe, Lewis Black, Michael Anthony, Josh Capon, Charles Chen, Melissa Clark, Rocco DiSpirito, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Seamus Mullen, Dean Sheremet, Gail Simmons, and Bill Yosses.
HMG+ President, Karen DiPeri had the wonderful opportunity of absorbing the title of Event Planner for this year’s Wellness in the Schools Gala. Check out photos from the WITS Gala 2017 below!
Wellness in the Schools is a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools. Through public-private partnerships, we work with schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. Trained culinary graduates partner with cafeteria staff to feed kids real food, and fitness coaches encourage schools to let kids play. Our partnership approach drives systemic, long-term change, shifting the entire culture of schools and ultimately fighting the childhood obesity epidemic. Our programs serve more than 50,000 children in 100 schools nationwide.
Photo credit: Ken Goodman Photography
We would like to recognize HMG+ President, Karen DiPeri on being selected as winner of the SmartCEO Brava Awards!
The Brava Awards program celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community, and are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring. SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at a high-energy awards gala.
If you’re not presently a member of SHFM, join today. Support the organization who supports our industry!
Top Women in Metro New York
Foodservice & Hospitality 2017:
HMG+ President Karen DiPeri
HMG+ President Karen DiPeri has been recognized by Total Food Service as Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice & Hospitality 2017.
Its #GivingTuesday! As you may know, Giving Tuesday starts the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, which is the perfect time to focus on end-of-year giving. Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year. This year, HMG+ proudly donated to the following organizations: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine and Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 12 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted.
Violence Intervention Program fills a gap in domestic violence services for Latinas and their children. Their mission is to lead victims of domestic abuse to safety, to empower them to live violence-free lives, and to reach and sustain their full potential.
Nothing beats the feeling you get from giving back and helping others. Donate today for Giving Tuesday!
The American Staffing Association announced that HMG Plus service professional Wendy Hobbie is the 2017 National Staffing Employee of the Year.
HMG Plus is a New York City based hospitality staffing firm that specializes in exceptional front of house staff. Help us congratulate HMG Plus service professional Wendy Hobbie on receiving this prestigious honor!
Wendy Hobbie has been a valued employee of HMG Plus since 2014. She works on assignment as a hospitality captain, waiter, and bartender. The flexibility that staffing offers allows her to audition and teach dance to blind and deaf children. She currently volunteers at The Lexington School and Center for the Deaf, teaching hip-hop dance to students aged three to 12. Between gigs as a professional dancer, Hobbie also has taught Sunday school to underprivileged students in low-income neighborhoods through Metro World Child, a religious organization committed to providing services to children living in adverse conditions in metropolitan areas around the world.
“I am honored to be the National Staffing Employee of Year, and hope that my personal story is inspiring to others considering work as a temporary or contract employee,” Hobbie said. “Being a temporary employee is perfect for me at this time in my life. Staffing lets me support myself financially while pursuing my professional dreams and s+ing my passion for dance with visually and hearing impaired children, which means the world to me.”
HMG Plus is extremely proud of Wendy and her accomplishments, in and outside of HMG Plus. She will be formally honored and celebrated by staffing industry professionals from around the country on Oct. 26 at a recognition ceremony during Staffing World® 2016, in San Diego, California.
Catch Wendy’s featured cover story in the January/February issue of Staffing Success Magazine!
HMG Plus is giving back to surrounding communities, and we would LOVE for you to join us!
On September 13th, HMG Plus is volunteering with Citymeals on Wheels, an organization that provides home-delivered meals to New York’s homebound elderly. The extreme temperatures faced by New York puts these individuals at a higher risk. Many are poor or live in unreasonable conditions with no air conditioning and little human contact.
If you are interested in joining our team to volunteer with Citymeals on Wheels, we have limited spaces available in our group. This is a great opportunity to give back, as well as get to know our corporate team on a personal level!
To secure a spot with us, please fill out this form.
We hope to see you there!