07.17.2020

NY1: Acts of Kindness: Man Who Lost Both Parents Within Weeks of Each Other Finds Way to Give Back

Illumination Fund supports partners in emergency food project in Washington Heights

by Kristin Shaughnessy

A man whose family was devastated by grief and loss is working through that grief by giving back.

Tom’s mother died on Valentine’s Day from an illness unrelated to. His father then ​contracted COVID-19 and died three weeks later. Tom and his siblings were also infected by the virus.

After fighting his own battle with the virus, Tom and his partner Billy, the co-founders of Company Catered, had to change their business model because their catering business was shuttered.

With generous donations from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and long time clients, they created Company Dinner. 

They worked with the community-based group CLOTH, Community League of the Heights, to serve families in the hardest hit areas of Washington Heights. They are serving about 185 meals a day and plan to continue through the summer.

“Having lost members of my family, and for my whole family to get so critically ill, things get put into a perspective,” Tom said. “Coming out the other side of it you’re thinking to yourself, okay I’m here, what can I do?”

Watch the segment on NY1:
Acts of Kindness: Man Who Lost Both Parents Within Weeks of Each Other Finds Way to Give Back