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Chinese Billionaire Treats Homeless to Central Park Luncheon

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A Chinese recycling tycoon provided hundreds of homeless people with a gourmet meal at a Central Park landmark Wednesday.

Billionaire Chen Guangbiao took out a full page ad in the Times on Monday to announce the event.

The lunch, which included sesame-seed-encrusted tuna, beef filet and berries with cream, was served at Central Park's Boathouse restaurant.

NY1 spoke with some New Yorkers who said they liked the idea.

"It's very good to help the people who's unfortunate, and it's a good thing for them," said one New Yorker.

"I think it's very nice of him that he decided to do that, to give them an experience of dining in a very expensive restaurant," said another New Yorker.

"As one person tries to help then other people will jump and maybe that one guy that I know that always sits on that bench in the corner, I'll be like hey guess what's going on today," noted a third New Yorker.

The billionaire said Wednesday's event was to show that wealthy Chinese people didn't only spend money on luxuries.

He also promised each attendee $300 once they returned to the New York City Rescue Mission. However, a spokesperson for the mission said the money was going to the charity, not the individuals themselves.

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