Samaritan Daytop Village, the New York City-based charity that offers life-saving programs including treatment for substance abuse, innovative services for veterans, and programs for homeless individuals and families, women and children, and seniors, will be the beneficiary of the 2017 Samaritan Daytop Foundation Gala from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18th at the Tribeca Rooftop in lower Manhattan.
This year’s Gala will honor former New York Mets player and manager Bobby Valentine and award-winning actress and producer Luna Lauren Vélez. Named among the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by People en Español, Ms. Velez recently starred and produced the indie movie Adrift (2016), playing a Long Island mother dealing with her son’s chronic drug addiction and the devastation of America’s heroin epidemic. Both honorees share a common bond as activists and philanthropists in the fight against poverty, homelessness and drug addiction.
J.W. Cortés, a recurring star of the Fox series Gotham, takes the reins as Master of Ceremonies. Cortés, a Marine combat veteran turned actor, singer and philanthropist, also serves as a New York State Police Officer.
The benefit will celebrate Samaritan Daytop Village’s rich array of programs and services for New York’s most vulnerable citizens. A short film, “Because of Good,” produced by Bear in the Hall, will shine a spotlight on the inspiring stories of three former clients who have overcame insurmountable odds. Stars of the film include a man who successfully beat a 20-year addiction; a homeless mother of seven who has reunited with her children and now lives independently; and a female Navy veteran, who overcame an abusive relationship and homelessness to help other veterans who suffer with PTSD.
The evening will offer passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, pasta plates and other culinary delights as well as opportunities to bid on exciting prizes and experiences.
Among the 2017 Gala sponsors are The Eric D. Hadar Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor; OneGroup and the Marks Family Foundation, Platinum Sponsors; and RHR Funding, LLC, Silver Sponsor.
Tickets for the Gala start at $350.00. Numerous sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For details, click here or visit http://www.samaritan.foundation/2017gala.