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November 07, 2012

Sandy Wreaks Havoc on New York's Charity-Gala Season

Manhattan's fall fundraising season has been knocked back by Superstorm Sandy, as organizations cancel black-tie events or tone them down to avoid ostentatious displays of wealth while many New York neighborhoods continue to struggle without basic resources, according to The Wall Street Journal. Some observers tell the newspaper the storm has starkly exposed income gaps in the city, with richer enclaves largely shielded from the worst damage, sparking a franker conversation about inequality among the social and philanthropic elite.

"Sandy has done what Occupy Wall Street tried and failed to do," said investment banker Euan Rellie, a regular at benefit balls. "It's made me think about the people who don't have what I have."

The New York Public Library, which canceled a Monday fundraiser, donated the gourmet food for the event to makeshift shelters in hard-hit Staten Island, where library workers served up Caesar salad, Beef Bourguignon, and puree of rutabaga and potato to storm victims, reports the Staten Island Advance.