Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reflection, celebration, and hope

Sheryl Crow performing at Sandy Hook Promise's inaugural Benefit.
On Tuesday December 12th, at the Plaza Hotel, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) held its inaugural Benefit, hosted by Gayle King, to observe the 5-year remembrance of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. It was an evening of reflection, celebration, and hope.

The benefit highlighted SHP’s ground-breaking achievements in gun-violence prevention and mental health. It raised over $1.6 million to train youth and adults in its Know the Signs programs. SHP honored Former Vice President Joe Biden and PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi for their support and commitment.  “Knowing the signs. Saying something. Saving a life – that is what Sandy Hook Promise is all about,” Nooyi said.

9-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow shared her new song, The Dreaming Kind, written for remembrance.
Gayle King
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Notable attendees included: Actress Sophia Bush, Valerie Jarrett, New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, NY Giants President and CEO John K. Mara, NFL player Victor Cruz, former NFL players Justin Tuck and Joe Montana, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and co-Managing Partner of SV Angel Ron Conway, founder and CEO of 32 Advisors Robert Wolf, President Entertainment Enterprises, iHeart Media John Sykes, among others.

Also attending were Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, the Co-Founders of SHP. Hockley introduced SHP’s new PSA “Tomorrow’s News”, produced by BBDO NY.
Mark Barden, Joe Biden, Nicole Hockley, and Ron Conway
Nicole Hockley, Indra Nooyi, Mark Barden, and Robert Wolf
Joe Biden closed the evening saying, “We cannot forget that the success of the progress of this nation is not guaranteed unless we get out there and fight, engage, and demand the change.”

To date, SHP has stopped multiple school shootings, suicide and firearm threats through its proven Know the Signs programs.
Sheryl Crow Sophia Bush
Tim Makris, Nicole Hockley, Bill Sherlach, and Mark Barden
Valerie Jarrett and Indra Nooyi Victor Cruz and Sheryl Crow
Peter Godfried and Ron Conway
John Mara and Bill Sherlach Joe Montana and Robert Kraft
Indra Nooyi, Ron Conway, Robert Craft, and Tim Armstrong
Former NFL Player Justin Tuck Errol Toulon and Bill Apostolou
Alan and Jane Batkin with Indra Nooyi
Robert Wolf and Adam Silver Joe Biden and Joe Montana
Mark Barden and Sheryl Crow
Jayma Cardoso Karen Duffy
Volunteers of America-Greater New York (VOA-GNY) honored Deloitte at its annual fundraising gala which took place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at The Plaza in New York City.  The fundraiser, called “A New York Winter’s Eve,” was emceed by Willie Geist, host of Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and Morning Joe co-host.

Each year VOA-GNY’s Spirit of the Founders award is presented to a person or company that leads the way in community involvement and contributes to VOA’s life-changing, often life-saving work, to care for the homeless, families affected by domestic violence, children with special needs, at-risk youth, adults living with HIV/AIDS, behavioral health or substance use issues, veterans and the frail elderly.  VOA-GNY has been at the forefront of social service for nearly 120 years, helping individuals and families in need overcome obstacles to living safe, healthy and productive lives.
Mike Fucci, Tere Pettitt, and Gerry Cunningham
Mike Fucci, chairman of the Deloitte board, accepted the award on behalf of Deloitte. Also in attendance was event chairman Gerry Cunningham, a principal at Deloitte who serves as the VOA-GNY board chairman.

Key among the many VOA-GNY programs which flourish with Deloitte’s support are Operation Backpack® and a new initiative spearheaded by Deloitte called the Next Generation Network – a group of philanthropically-inclined young professionals in their 20s and 30s who support the VOA-GNY mission.
Members of Volunteers of America-Greater New York's Next Generation Network, including Patrick O'Connell, Deirdre O'Connell, Paige Davis, Julia Rae, Alex Serwer, Ryan Nach, Claire Lugli, Ryan Miller, and Ashley Taylor
Tere Pettitt, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York, said, “At Volunteers of America-Greater New York, we are dedicated to providing life-saving services to tens of thousands of vulnerable and at-risk New Yorkers every year.  Our work is only made possible by the generosity of donors and volunteers, and Deloitte’s contributions and unwavering commitment to our mission is incalculable.  We are deeply indebted to Deloitte, Mike Fucci, Gerry Cunningham and the hundreds of Deloitte employees who volunteer with us every year. Deloitte’s generous philanthropy has made an immeasurable and enduring impact on so many vulnerable New Yorkers.”

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Tere Pettitt and Christine O. Wade
Paige Davis and Julia Rae
Kyung-Ah Park, Rob Wolk, Chip Tucker, and Stellar Kim Tucker
James L. Bosworth Jr., David Matera, and Alia Ahmed-Yahia
Ron and Nancy Goldberg, Gerry Cunningham, Mary Lacasse, and Kim Cunningham
Willie Geist, Gerry Cunningham, and Paige Davis
Lilly Gerontis with Community Support Recognition Recipients Elektra Pritchard and Aileen Busick
Hollie Heikkinen browses the more than 50 silent auction items up for bid
Diane L. Powell and Ned Powell
Susan Axelrod, Fred Axelrod, Patti Saidenberg, and Aimee Jalazo
With décor and music reminiscent of the famed El Morocco night club, guests packed the dance floor throughout the evening at the hotly anticipated MorseLife Dinner Dance held December 8th at The Breakers Palm Beach.

More than 300 guests were transported back in time to the heyday of café society, starting with a dazzling cocktail reception, followed by choreographed and interactive dance numbers and music from Élan Artists and DJ Ross B of Rock with U. To start the evening, MorseLife Health System Chairman Stephen Levin welcomed guests and introduced Dinner Dance Chairs Marsha Goldberg, Harriet Rothfeld, Jill Sirulnick and Penny Wallerstein who in quick fashion encouraged everyone “to get up on the dance floor!”
Stephen and Petra Levin Joseph and Michelle Jacobs
Another treat for Dinner Dance guests was a performance by America’s Got Talent finalist “Sal The Voice” Valentinetti, well-known for his flawless vocals and “larger than life” personality who entertained with classic crooner sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Beyond a spirited and dazzling night of fun, a very special highlight of the event was a tribute to an extraordinary group of leaders and supporters who have helped shape the senior care organization’s progressive vision and direction – Marilyn & Stanley Katz, Sondra & David Mack, Petra & Stephen Levin, Sheila & Alec Engelstein, Vicki & Arthur Loring and Ryna Greenbaum.

MorseLife Health System is a premier provider of innovative care for Palm Beach County seniors for 35 years. For more information, visit
Janet and Arthur Herschaft Edward and Beverly Robbins
Keith Myers and Ryna Greenbaum Phyllis and William Mack
Janie and Arthur Indursky
Vicki and Arthur Loring Ann and Robert Fromer
Marsha Goldberg, Harriet Rothfeld, Penny Wallerstein and Jill Sirulnick
Sheila Engelstein and Debra Shapiro Sondra and David Mack
Photographs by Ben Asen Photography (VOA); Capehart Photography (Morse)