Citymeals-on-Wheels Gets $150K through Riese “Round-Up”

Citymeals-on-Wheels Gets $150K through Riese "Round-Up"Chairman and CEO of the Riese Organization Dennis Riese awards $150,000 check to Beth Shapiro Executive Director of Citymeals-On-Wheels at annual Riese “Round-Up” awards ceremony, raising a total of $2,287,424 to date for Citymeals-On-Wheels. Photo credit: Henry O.

The Riese Organization, one of the largest restaurant and real estate management companies in New York City, has presented a $150,000 check to Citymeals-on-Wheels.  The donation was the proceeds from Riese’s annual cash register “Round-Up” campaign.  With this year’s contributions, Riese has raised nearly $2.5 million for Citymeals-on-Wheels over the past 19 years.

During the two month-long campaign in February and March, patrons at nearly 75 participating Riese Restaurants were asked to “round-up” their guest checks to the nearest dollar, with 100 percent of the difference donated to Citymeals-On-Wheels.  At the end of the drive, Dennis Riese, Chairman and CEO of Riese, “Rounded-Up” the accumulated contributions of $139,000 to $150,000.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-On-Wheels, which helps feed the city’s homebound elderly, joined Riese during an awards dinner at TGI Fridays at 677 Lexington Avenue (at 56th Street), honoring the managers and staff of the Riese restaurants that participated in the campaign.

“This has been the 19th year since The Riese Organization started as a staunch supporter of Citymeals-On-Wheels,” said Riese, who is also a board member of Citymeals-On-Wheels.   “Passing the two million dollar mark last year, the ‘Round-Up’ campaign continues to grow. It is a momentous occasion for both organizations and we look forward to raising the next million in the years ahead.”

Citymeals-On-Wheels was founded by Gael Greene and James Beard in 1981.  Its mission is to provide New York City’s homebound elderly with hand-delivered weekend, holiday and emergency meals.  The meals are required to meet the nutritional guidelines as decided by the Nutrition Services Program for Older Americans.New York Nonprofit Press