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On Thursday, October 17th, join us to celebrate Breaking Ground's 29 years of service to New York City and honor two individuals with an unmatched record of service and commitment to the health and housing of countless New Yorkers.

Honorees:
Michael J. Dowling
President and CEO, Northwell Health

Vicki Been
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City

Gala Co-Chairs:
Michael J. Franco
President, Vornado Realty Trust

Philip E. Silverman
President and CEO, BLUE SKY Real Estate Services & Development

Honorary Chairs:

Lloyd M. Goldman
Paul B. Guenther
William L. Mack
Donald Zucker

Meet Our Honorees

Michael J. Dowling President and CEO,Northwell Health
Vicki Been Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development,New York City

Sponsorship

Breaking Ground's annual Gala is a must-attend real estate industry event attracting top corporate sponsors and over 500 industry leaders. Corporate sponsorships enable Breaking Ground to serve more of New York's most vulnerable residents, especially through our street outreach and transitional housing programs. Thank you for standing with us and with the people we serve.

Sponsorship Levels
  • Premier table of 12 for dinner
  • Name/logo displayed on all event signage and materials as Investor Sponsor
  • Two (2) full-page ads in the digital journal
  • Donor name/logo and link on Breaking Ground gala page
  • A featured article on your/organization’s sponsorship in the News section of the Breaking Ground website
  • Post acknowledging your sponsorship on Breaking Ground’s social media accounts
  • Prime table of 12 for dinner
  • Name/logo displayed on all event signage and materials as Developer Sponsor
  • Full-page ad in the digital journal
  • Donor name/logo and link on Breaking Ground gala page
  • Post acknowledging your sponsorship on Breaking Ground’s social media accounts
  • Preferred table of 10 for dinner
  • Name/logo displayed on all event signage and materials as Builder Sponsor
  • Full-page ad in the digital journal
  • Donor name/logo and link on Breaking Ground gala page
  • A table of 10 for dinner
  • Name/logo displayed on all event signage and materials as Groundbreaker Sponsor
  • Half-page ad in the digital journal
  • Donor name/logo and link on Breaking Ground gala page
  • Half-table of 5 for dinner
  • Donor name/logo and link on Breaking Ground gala page
  • Single ticket for dinner
  • Full-page ad in the Digital Journal: $2,000
  • Half-page ad in the Digital Journal: $1,500
  • Format for ads: minimum resolution of 300 DPI – JPEG, EPS or PDF files
  • Deadline for all ads/greetings: September 13, 2019
  • Ads will be featured in a continuous loop on large HD screens during cocktails and dinner.
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Our Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsors of the Celebrating Home & Community Gala, whose gifts will ensure that our work can reach as many street homeless New Yorkers as possible, and help many more to come indoors and rebuild their lives in housing.

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Vicki BeenDeputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development

Deputy Mayor Vicki Been leads the administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City's economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs. The Deputy Mayor oversees and coordinates the operations of over 20 agencies, offices and affiliated entities, including: the Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Housing Development Corporation, the New York City Housing Authority, the Department of City Planning, the Public Design Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Libraries, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Office of Media & Entertainment, the Office of Housing Recovery Operations, NYC & Company, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, the Trust for Governors Island, the Hudson River Park Trust and the Rent Guidelines Board.

Vicki Been has extensive experience fighting to make New York a more affordable and equitable city. As HPD Commissioner from 2014 to 2017, Been helped craft Housing New York, the Mayor’s plan to tackle the affordability crisis and create and preserve 200,000 affordable homes by 2024. After HPD made rapid progress, the plan was updated in 2017, setting a new goal of 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. During her tenure, Been oversaw the financing of a record 62,500 affordable homes – enough for 170,000 New Yorkers. She restructured the City’s programs to reach a wider range of incomes and secure more affordable housing for every public dollar spent. She also reformed the regulatory process to reduce the risk and cost of building and preserving affordable housing while ensuring its safety, quality, and financial stability. Been was instrumental in advancing the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing law that that requires developers to dedicate a certain percentage of rental units at below market rate rents in areas that are rezoned for higher density. There are nearly 5,600 additional MIH homes in the affordable housing pipeline.

Been formerly served as the Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the Boxer Family Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The Furman Center is the leading authority on land use and housing issues in New York City and one of the premier research centers on urban policy in the United States. She has worked on assessing New York City’s land use patterns, the effects of Hurricane Sandy on housing and neighborhoods, the interplay of community benefit agreements and land use practices, and on a variety of affordable housing issues, including inclusionary zoning and supportive housing.

Been graduated from Colorado State University and received her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Been has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and an Associate Professor of Law at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She clerked for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York and Justice Harry Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States.