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Friday, October 18, 2019

Gala Raises More Than $2.5 Million To Help Breaking Ground Build and Restore Lives

Last night, more than 700 guests joined us at Cipriani 42nd Street for our Celebrating Home & Community Gala. We honored two extraordinary individuals who are champions for the health and housing of all New Yorkers – Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health, and Vicki Been, New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. The extraordinary evening raised more than $2.5 million for our street outreach and housing programs.

Board Member and Gala Co-Chair Philip Silverman introduced honoree Michael Dowling, referencing his commitment to Veterans of the armed forces and his exceptional career fighting for services, housing and health care for homeless New Yorkers. Mr. Dowling took to the stage with a stirring message of unity and how changing our perspective can make an enormous difference:

Michael Franco, Chair of the Gala and Breaking Ground’s Board, introduced honoree Vicki Been, noting that she has devoted her career to increasing the supply of supportive and affordable housing for the most vulnerable among us, touching on her commitment to education and her reputation as someone who gets things done. Vicki Been spoke movingly about our crisis of compassion and her personal experience of loss and homelessness:

We also premiered the story of Daniel Broome, who came indoors with the help of Breaking Ground’s outreach teams, and found a home at our Boston Road residence in the Bronx.

Each year, Breaking Ground serves more than 8,000 people across our programs. Through street outreach, upwards of 500 chronically homeless New Yorkers come indoors to transitional and permanent supportive housing. And with nearly 1,000 units of supportive and affordable housing in development, we’re working to help more people come off the streets and find a home with Breaking Ground.

We extend a very special thanks to our generous sponsors, who made it another record year and helped us raise $2.5 million for our outreach and housing programs that serve the most vulnerable homeless New Yorkers. People just like Daniel Broome will receive vital services thanks to your support.

If you are interested in supporting the gala, please click here to donate and designate your gift in support of "Gala 2019."

Investor Sponsors

Lili Lynton and Michael Ryan
The Lucretia Philanthropic Foundation
Monadnock Construction
Wells Fargo

Developer Sponsors

BLDG Management
The Durst Organization
GPG Properties
Northwell Health
David & Rona Picket
Judith O. & Robert E. Rubin
Nicholas Tsang & Jane Van Cleef
The Donald and Barbara Zucker Foundation

Builder Sponsors

Alliant Employee Benefits
Blackstone Mortgage Trust
BLUE SKY Real Estate Services & Development
Jill & Michael Franco
Fried Frank
Gotham Organization
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman, LLP
Lalezarian Properties
North Shore Risk Management
The Related Companies
Gretchen & Jamie Rubin
May & Samuel Rudin Foudnation, Inc.
Sullivan & Cromell, LLP
Type A Projects
The University Financing Foundation, Inc.
Vornado Realty Trust

Groundbreaker Sponsors

Alan Wiener
All New York Title Agency, Inc.
Allied Universal
Alston & Bird
Annaly Capital Management
Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP
Capital One
CGA Capital
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company
COOKFOX Architects
Cornerstone Group Real Estate Services
Damianos Realty Group
Eastdil Secured
Ennead Architects
Garagae Management Company
The Georgetown Company
Gural Family Partners Real Estate
Greenberg Traurig
Kramer Levin
Michael & Nancy Lascher
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Lerner
Madison Realty Capital
Ann & Vincent Mai
Kara McShane & Hawley Chester
Mega Contracting Group
Mizuho Americas
Rialto Capital Management
Edmond Safra
Sidley Austin
Simone Health Care Development
Starwood Property Trust
Stellar Management
Talisen Construction Corp.
Urban Edge Properties
Waterstone Properties
Wexler Healthcare Properties

Benefactor Sponsors

AmTrust Title
Argentic Management
Avalon Bay Communities
Axis Construction Corp.
Bank of America
Bank of China
Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company
Credit Agricole
Douglaston Development
EW Howell Construction Group
First American Title
Goldman Sachs
High Point Construction Group
Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP
M&T Bank
Morgan Stanley
MUFG Americas
Nixon Peabody
Rialto Mortgage Finance
Roberts & Holland
SL Green Realty Corp.
The We’re Group

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