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Queens residents can enjoy an evening of delicious food while raising money for children and adults with developmental disabilities later this month.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) will be hosting their 24th annual Evening of Fine Food at Terrace on the Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event will be raising money to serve the 2,200 individuals that QCP serves and further the organization’s mission of helping people with developmental disabilities lead more independent lives. QCP’s programs and service help provide men and women with disabilities with necessary items that aren’t covered by government funding.

“The Evening of Fine Food is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to show its support for children and adults with developmental disabilities,” said Terri Ross, executive director of QCP. “We are very grateful to our extraordinary Board of Directors, our many generous restaurants and sponsors, and everyone who plans to join us for what will be a very special evening.”

The evening will featuring culinary delicacies from the finest restaurants and beverage purveyors in the borough. While sampling delicious, gourmet food and enjoying an open bar, guests can play casino games, participate in the silent auction, take selfies in a photo booth, and get a makeup refresher courtesy of e.l.f. cosmetics.

Lisa Mateo, PIX-11 News anchor and a supporter of QCP, will be the night’s special guest and emcee. Hugue Dufour, chef of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, will serve as the Guest Chef and will be preparing a signature dish for the event.  

“It is important to give back to the community from which we benefit,” said Chef Hugue Dufour. “It’s natural as a restaurateur to make people happy and to feed them! It’s a way of life, and very important.”

The event will also honor Scott Molina, president of Resorts World Casino New York City, and Maria Odysseos, vice president/district manager of Investors Bank, as “Chefs of the Year” for their impact and difference that they have made in the community.

Tickets are available online for $135 per person. Guests are asked to RSVP by Feb. 26.

For more information about the event, contact Wendy Phaff at 718-380-3000, ext. 325, or email


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