Getting Out and Staying Out will hold its annual gala on April 25th at Chelsea Piers, an evening spent celebrating all the hard work our guys have been doing this year, and ensuring that GOSO’s vital mission to help justice-involved youth will continue into the future.
Leading up to the event we’ll be taking to the blog periodically to introduce you to those we’ll be honoring and with whom we’ll be celebrating in April. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of this year’s six Volunteers of the Year, chef and food writer Samantha Fremont-Smith.
Samantha Fremont-Smith is a former chef who trained at the Ecole Ritz Escofflier in Paris. She worked at various restaurants and was a sought-after private chef to multiple clients, including Eddie Murphy. She also had much success as a professional caterer and worked for Martha Stewart magazine.
Samantha was born and raised in NYC and lived in Hong Kong for eight years. Her desire to give back has led her to volunteer in nursing homes, build housing in Filipino slums, teach English to Cantonese students and even become a licensed NYC tree pruner. When she is not tutoring or advocating for the GOSO Guys, she works with The Plaster House in Tanzania, a rehabilitation center for children who have had corrective surgery. She is also a Director of Carnegie Hill Neighbors, a preservation and quality-of–life organization in Manhattan. Samantha’s proudest achievement is being the mother of three children.