last night’s raffle was no different from last year. once again, the-girl-who-drinks-not was blessed with a gift certificate to a bar ($50 at the drink last year, $100 at BCC this year), and this time, a $40 gift certificate to m noodle. while craig wasn’t around to taste the deliciousness that is dan hart’s pride and joy (it opened two years after he passed), and even though its sister, m shanghai, will always be his number one (they even have a dish named after him), i know he would have liked it.
craig’s biggest fault with me was that i never drank when we went out. it was an endless source of shit-giving and beleaguering, but in the end, i got the last laugh watching him drunkenly stumble/bike home with me (he walked every girl home, because that was the kind of amazing he was made up of). four years have never seemed so far away.
this year i bought 10 tickets. last year, 50. one could argue that odds were in my favor, but i’m convinced craig’s still sticking it to me.
never say die, never not try. you are missed, and never forgotten.
5TH ANNUAL CRAIG MURPHEY MEMORIAL
Please join us Sunday, October 16 at Brooklyn’s Public Assembly as we gather for a night of laughter, music and fun, all to combat hunger in New York City.
When: Sunday, October 16th, 7 p.m, - 2 am
Where: Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn)
7 - 10 pm: hummus cook-off competition; DJs; raffle tickets sales
10 pm: Raffle winners announced
10:30 pm - 2 am: karaoke, provided by The Kings Of Karaoke
Proceeds from this free annual event, which will also features a food-celebrity-studded hummus cook-off and rock-n-roll karaoke, will benefit the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) and will help fund the Craig Murphey Fellowship program. This program continues the outstanding work of Craig Murphey, a young community organizer who worked tirelessly to help bring locally grown, nutritious food to low-income New Yorkers. After Craig lost his life in a bicycle accident four years ago, NYCCAH created the fellowship program in his honor to help carry on his legacy of anti- hunger advocacy.
"The Craig Murphey Fellowship honors Craig’s one-of-a kind, fervent commitment to grass- roots organizing that achieves social progress from the ground up,” said Joel Berg, NYCCAH’s executive director. “Our Craig Murphey Fellow this year aided neighborhood-based projects in 18 states, helping them build their capacity to enable hungry Americans to access federal nutrition assistance programs. There is no question that the Fellow aptly carries on Craig’s legacy.”
Next year’s fellow will re-focus efforts on coordinating with the 1,200 soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City to bring healthy, sustainable food to the 1.4 million New Yorkers living in food-poor households.
Craig worked as hard as he laughed and danced, and it’s in this spirit that we’ve put together a great night of music, laughter and friendship, all for a great cause.
The hummus cook-off competition from 7-9 pm will feature entries from local restaurants, including legendary pizza outpost Roberta’s, food bloggers, and amateur chefs. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to submit an entry).
Raffle winners will be announced at 10. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or at the event. Past prizes have come from a diverse group of local businesses and artists, including the Ace Hotel, bands the Gossip and the Vivian Girls, Dolce Vita Shoes, Brooklyn Brewery, bars Dram and The Drink, art facility 3rd Ward, the Discovery Channel, Cirque Di Soleil, Marie Robinson Salon and The Stanton Social, among others.
We’ll also have free karaoke from 10:30-late, donated by The Kings of Karaoke.
Proceeds from drinks courtesy of Reyka Vodka and Brooklyn Brewery will also be donated to the Fellowship.
All photos courtesy of lovebryan.com