Neil Gaiman, with notable works such as the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book, recently agreed that he will do a dramatic reading of The Cheesecake Factory’s menu on the condition that his fans raise $500,000 for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, by World Refugee Day on June 20th.
For those who are unfamiliar with the menu, here are a few items Neil may have to read:
Medallions of Certified Angus Beef Steak Covered with Black Peppercorns and a Rich Mushroom Wine Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Onions.
LEMON MERINGUE CHEESECAKE
Lemon Cream Cheesecake Topped with Layers of Lemon Mousse and Meringue.
CHORIZO AND AVOCADO OMELETTE
Chicken Chorizo, Avocado, Sauteed peppers and Onions, Salsa, Cilantro and Cheese Topped with Sour Cream.
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This idea was proposed by comedian Sara Benincasa, who had written on Twitter asking “Dear @neilhimself: for $500K to the charity of your choice would you read the Cheesecake Factory menu in its entirety onstage pls advise.” For the benefit of homeless refugees, Neil tweeted in response “I have said Yes. If she makes it happen, for charity, I will do this thing.” Besides writing, Neil often performs public readings of his stories and poetry. In some of his book tours, he even sung songs despite having “no kind of singing voice”.
If fans can hit the target amount in time, Benincasa proposed that she will arrange for Neil to perform the reading next year. Moreover, the profits generated from ticket sales of this event will be donated to UNHCR. For those who cannot be present at the event, there is always the option to go online for live streaming. Be sure to tune in to his dramatized recital of The Cheesecake Factory’s wonderful selection of food items. To follow this event on twitter, follow #NeilCake, a hashtag created by The Cheesecake Factory itself to raise awareness.
The UNHCR is an organization dedicated to protecting refugees as requested by the government or the United Nations itself. In addition, its primary objective is to maintain the rights and general well-being of refugees. For those who feel unsafe in their home country, UNHCR ensures they can exercise their fundamental right to seek asylum and to assist them with finding a new place of living. According to the UNHCR, “An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.”
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