Joan Rivers’ Daughter to Carry On Legacy at Beloved Charity
March 19, 2015 – God’s Love We Deliver, a non-profit organization that cooks and home delivers nutritious meals for people with life-altering illnesses in the New York metropolitan area, is pleased to announce that Melissa Rivers has joined its Board of Directors.
“It is an absolute honor to welcome Melissa to our Board of Directors,” says Karen Pearl, President & CEO of God’s Love We Deliver. “We know Melissa will bring so much passion, dedication and talent to advancing our mission.”
Joan Rivers was a beloved friend of God’s Love for over 25 years, and a member of the Board of Directors since 1994. Throughout her years of service with God’s Love We Deliver, Joan demonstrated deep commitment, compassion and generosity. In 2009, Joan won over $500,000 for God’s Love on the NBC reality competition, Celebrity Apprentice.
Most people who see Melissa Rivers on the red carpet are unaware that she is not only a glamorous and beautiful style maven, but also an Ivy League graduate, the single mother of a teenage son, an accomplished equestrian, as well as an author, television producer and philanthropist.
Melissa’s professional accomplishments are extensive and inspiring. Together with her mother, Joan Rivers, she created the Red Carpet franchise and phenomenon. In her current role as an Executive Producer of E! Entertainment’s Fashion Police, Melissa shares with viewers her candor, quick wit and meticulous eye for fashion, which she honed throughout her years covering the red carpet for the TV Guide Channel and E!. She also starred opposite her mother for four seasons of WEtv’s hit reality series, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? In addition, she appeared on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice, and traded places with Bristol Palin in Celebrity Wife Swap.
“For more than two decades I’ve supported the life-changing, life-saving work, that God’s Love does,” says Rivers. “Today, they cook and deliver more than 1.3 million meals a year to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses. I’m honored to join the Board of this organization my mother so deeply loved, and that is loved by so many, and continue to be a proud member of the God’s Love community.”
Melissa has been a friend of God’s Love for many years, delivering meals with her mother and Cooper, on Thanksgiving. The staff, volunteers and Board of God’s Love are honored to have her join the leadership of God’s Love, continuing her mother’s legacy and commitment to the clients she was so dedicated to serving.
“As demand for our services continues to grow, we are grateful that Melissa is joining our Board of Directors,” continues Pearl. “We know that with her many years of dedication to our mission, she will be a voice for our clients, our volunteers and our community. This is a wonderful moment for God’s Love.”
About God’s Love We Deliver
God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutritional counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home-delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by a team of Registered Dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 29 years, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization.
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