(Shavonte Zellous of the New York Liberty celebrating a win from the night)
To be at the top of their game, athletes have to train hard, persevere through mental and physical obstacles, and most importantly, stay away from drugs — which can easily derail their careers. That’s why it was a no-brainer that several elite New York City sports stars gathered at Riverpark restaurant — owned by Tom Colicchio of Top Chef fame — to support the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids at their fifth annual All-Star Tasting charity fundraiser on May 31, to help families fight substance abuse.
Enjoying culinary delights from famed chefs across the city were Lance Thomas (New York Knicks), Kiah Stokes and Shavonte Zellous (New York Liberty), Tony Richardson (New York Jets), and Aurélien Collin, Sean Davis and and Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls), along with NBA veterans John Starks, Sonny Hill, and Albert King.
Decadent bites like the lobster mac and cheese from macbar, shrimp and grits from BLVD Bistro, and the BDough sundae — a delicious brownie and cookie dessert, served with homemade ice cream — from Bona Bona Ice Cream, were just a small sample of the many mouthwatering tastings offered throughout the night as guests bid on an array of once-in-a-lifetime silent auction items.
Get a closer look at the night’s events from the full recap below:
Executive Chef Kyung Kim from Michael’s Restaurant — who has supported The Partnership’s All-Star Tasting the past five years — presented a tasty beet salad for guests.
Joining Chef Kim was Steve Millington, general manager of the restaurant, who shared, “We believe everyone needs a hand, especially families that are struggling with substance use,” as the reason why Michael’s continues to support the Partnership.
Chef Kyung and Steve were proud recipients of the Partnership’s Culinary Spotlight award.
Good eats ✅ Great cause ✅ What more can you ask for? ______ Stay tuned for more of @thepartnership's #AllStarTasting to help families 🙅🏿🙅🏾 🙅🏽🙅🏼🙅🏻to drugs, and keep our kids substance-abuse free. ______ #thesportstyle #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #AddictionFree #Athletes #Chefs #Foodstagram #Charity #Eats #Riverpark
Who could refuse a delish shrimp dish from famed chef and restaurateur David Talde?
New York Knicks legend John Starks gave BLVD Bistro’s Chef Carlos Swepson a stamp of approval for his their shrimp and grits.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate the lobster mac AKA mac lobsta’ from macbar!
Chef Nick DiBona of Madison Kitchen and Bona Bona Ice Cream shared the reason why he’s personally vested into initiatives that keep kids drug-free below:
Chef Nick DiBona (@huntingchefnd) — who was a champ of @FoodNetwork's #Chopped 🔪 — of Madison Kitchen restaurant (@mklarchmont) and @BonaBonaIceCream 🍦, shared a touching story behind why he participated in @thepartnership's 5th annual #AllStarTasting. 🙏 ______ #thesportstyle #NickDiBona #MadisonKitchen #BonaBonaIceCream #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #FoodNetwork #DrugFreeKids #BDough #Latergram
Kiah Stokes and Shavonte Zellous of the New York Liberty were all smiles and the ultimate team players when it came to supporting the great cause.
CEO Marcia Lee Taylor, who will step down as CEO to take on a consulting role with the Partnership, posed with incoming CEO, Fred Muench.
Muench was also camera-ready for a quick photo with New York Red Bulls defender Aurélien Collin.
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas and his girlfriend, Anna Poulsen, were delighted by the positivity of the night.
Gone physically, but never forgotten, @thepartnership's CEO, Marcia Lee Taylor, dedicated a special award to the family of late @NBA @HarlemGlobetrotters legend, #DarrylDawkins, who was a huge supporter of the organization. His wife, Janice, was there to accept the honor. (Video 1 of 2) ______ #thesportstyle #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #DrugFreeKids #NBALegend #76ers #Sixers #Nets #HarlemGlobetrotters #Charity
There was nary a dry eye in the house when a special award was given in honor of the late NBA legend, Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins, because of his support of the Partnership. His widow, Janice Dawkins, was in attendance to accept.
Janice, along with Darryl’s former teammate Albert King, reflected on how committed the former legend was to telling children to stay drug-free.
Janice Dawkins, wife of late and great @NBA @HarlemGlobetrotters legend, #DarrylDawkins, gave an emotional speech at last night's @thepartnership (@drugnews) #AllStarTasting on how Darryl always encouraged kids to live a drug-free life while serving as an ambassador for the #NBA. 🏀 (Video 2 of 2) ______ #thesportstyle #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #HarlemGlobetrotters #Charity #76ers #Sixers #Nets #DrugFreeKids
In the spirit of healthy competition, the athletes in the room participated in on a sushi roll challenge, which was sponsored by New York City sushi staple, Haru Sushi.
In the ultimate head-to-head #Haru sushi showdown at @thepartnership #AllStarTasting, Lance Thomas (@MrLance42) of the #Knicks told Kiah Stokes (@kstokes41) of the #nyliberty, their matchup is personal. 🤣🏀 ______ #thesportstyle #KiahStokes #LanceThomas #SushiShowdown #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #Athletes #Charity #NBA #Hoops
Knicks forward Lance Thomas (pictured left) and Liberty shooting guard Shavonte Zellous (in denim jacket) were laser-focused during the challenge.
In the end, New York Liberty center Kiah Stokes proved her hands were not only made for grabbing rebounds, they also proved to be excellent at making sushi rolls. She bested the entire competition.
Touching on the importance of kids staying drug-free, Kiah Stokes, Shavonte Zellous, Lance Thomas, and Aurélien Collin each shared why they support the Partnership.
In a game of how well do you know your teammate, Kiah Stokes (@kstokes41) and Shavonte Zellous (@szellous1) of the @nyliberty knocked it out of the park at @thepartnership's (@drugnews) charity #AllStarTasting last night! They also emphasized why it's important to support the organization's efforts to keep our youth drug-free. 🏀👍🏾,💊👎🏾 ______ #thesportstyle #KiahStokes #ShavonteZellous #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #NYLiberty #WNBA #Athletes #WomenInSports #Eats #Riverpark #Foodie #Foodstagram #Charity #TBT #Sports #WomensBasketball
A pro baller and a fisherman…who knows what other talents Lance Thomas (@MrLance42) of the @nyknicks has?!?! Press play to hear his favorite food and why he supports @thepartnership (@drugnews) in keeping kids drug-free. 🏀🐟 ______ #thesportstyle #LanceThomas #Knicks #PartnershipForDrugFreeKids #AllStarTasting #Sushi #Eats #NBA #Basketball #Eats #Charity #DrugFreeKids #Athlete #Sports #Duke
Elite @MLS defender, Aurélien Collin (@aureliencollin78), of the @NewYorkRedBulls), shared with us why he supports @thepartnership in helping families keep our youth drug-free at their All-Star Tasting. 👍⚽️🙅♂️💊 ______ #thesportstyle #AurélienCollin #NewYorkRedBulls #ThePartnershipForDrugFreeKids #AllStarTasting #MLS #Charity #Athlete #Soccer #Futbol #Latergram #DrugFreeKids
Overall, the night was a huge success and the Partnership raised an estimated $120,000 (and counting) to help families fight against adolescent substance abuse.
To learn more about The Partnership or to join them in their fight, visit drugfree.org.