Mitch Winehouse has publicly critcised New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg for not contributing money to The Amy Winehouse Foundation
The former taxi driver – the father of late singer Amy Winehouse – took a public swipe at Mayor Bloomberg during The Amy Winehouse Foundation gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel last Thursday (21.03.13), claiming he has failed to contribute to the charity in a meaningful way.
Accepting an award, he told the crowd: “That’s a wonderful dedication. Would’ve been better if you sent $10 million, but you know a nice little thing in a plaque is very much appreciated.”
He went on to thank the sponsors, “because I am contractually obligated to do so or they won’t give me the money”.
The night saw Jennifer Hudson and Tony Bennett – who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement accolade – give stand-out performances.
Terry Casey later hosted an after-party at DL, which saw Amy’s long-time friend and collaborator Mark Ronson headline alongside The Smiths’ Andy Rourke.
Terry told the New York Post newspaper: “It was a fantastic night with the DL full to hear Mark, Amy’s very great friend and producer. He played an emotional tribute to her at the end of a great set by playing ‘Valerie,’ the song they covered together for his second album.
“Mark was heard telling Mitch how much he misses her, as we all do.”
The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up after the singer’s untimely death from excessive alcohol consumption in July 2011, at the age of just 27. The charity aims to support homeless young people and individuals with substance abuse problems.