Syd Mandelbaum founded the global award-winning, anti-poverty think tank “Rock and Wrap it Up!” to honor his parents, Holocaust survivors. With 5,000 members in 500 cities and five countries, the organization feeds millions of hungry each year and teaches how to use contracts to obligate excess food from events. Syd graduated from Brooklyn College, receiving his BS and MA, and taught high school earth science before going to work in the medical industry as a scientist. He received his MBA from Hofstra and served on his local school board for 12 years. While working as a consultant to Harvard’s Center for Blood Research, Syd co-founded a DNA forensic roundtable to assist law enforcement, invented micro measurement applications to help infertile women have a greater chance of conception, and introduced home run distance measurements to Major League Baseball. His work on fighting cancer translated into two Noble Prizes in Medicine for his members. He was awarded the 1999 National Points of Light Presidential Service Citation from President Bill Clinton for his community service. In July 2014, The White House again recognized his work through its Climate Data Initiative, introducing the Whole Earth Calculator to quantify GHG emission and food statistics through Rock and Wrap it Up’s food and asset recovery efforts.
David Alcaro is not your average sports radio personality. Rather than follow one team or even one particular sport, David is known for his broad knowledge and interest in ALL sports. His love of sports expands far beyond his hometown teams and has led him around the country to get a live view of the action. David’s vast understanding of sports has been cultivated over years of being on the field, in the stands, and firmly planted next to his radio. Perhaps it was his well-rounded sports prowess that contributed to his nickname, The Chief.
Born in Bristol, Tennessee, to an Italian-American family, raised in Washingtonville, New York, and currently living in the greatest city on the planet, the Chief’s interest in sports can be attributed to a variety of influences. He is especially fond of New York sports teams. His allegiances lie with the Mets, the Giants and the Rangers. Being born within earshot of Nascar’s most exciting track, the Chief can’t deny his penchant for motorsports. A Volunteer from birth, the Chief is often seen in orange in support of the University of Tennessee’s football team. The young Chief’s family relocated to the land of frozen ponds (upstate New York), where he cultivated his love for ice hockey. When the winter Olympics come around, you can count on the Chief to follow the USA Men’s Hockey teams’ every move. He cites this team as one of his all-time favorites to watch. Having spent his college years attending the University of Pennsylvania, he is also a loyal fan of Penn’s athletics – the basketball team, specifically. An American sports fan through and through, the Chief still holds onto his Italian heritage as a rabid supporter of the (World Champion) Italian National Soccer Team.
In addition to his work as a trader and his blossoming career in sports talk radio, the Chief is also an award-winning film producer, most recently executive producing Trouble the Water. The Chief is also active in several charitable foundations. He is on the board of directors of Rock and Wrap it Up, an anti- poverty organization, which collects unsold food from concession stands after sporting events. He is also very active in supporting the WEL Foundation, the NYMEX Charitable Foundation, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation and the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation.
September 24, 2015
Rock and Wrap It Up partners with musicians, sports teams and schools to make sure food finds hungry mouths and never goes to waste.