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Deluxe holiday dinner for homeless marks 5th year in NYC

November 24, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2014, file photo, a woman works on the dessert table prior to a dinner where wealthy New Yorkers will sit down with some of the city's homeless at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City. What's known as the "Fair Share Friday" dinner is marking its fifth anniversary at the church on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. About 330 people are expected. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s an elegant holiday dinner crafted by major hotel chefs and served on Manhattan’s Park Avenue. And many of the guests are homeless.

What’s known as the “Fair Share Friday” dinner is marking its fifth anniversary at St. Bartholomew’s Church, an Episcopal congregation.

Hosted by Crossroads Community Services, the meal brings together homeless people with well-to-do paying guests. Proceeds go to Crossroads’ food pantry, soup kitchen and homeless women’s shelter.

Crossroads’ interim executive director, the Rev. Susan Anderson-Smith, says in a release that the event is “able to build powerful human connections.”

Chefs Peter Betz of the Intercontinental New York Barclay hotel, Richard Brown of the New York Hilton Midtown and Cedric Tovar of the Lotte New York Palace made this year’s meal.

About 330 people were expected.

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