On May 20th, over 200 ACE friends and supporters gathered at the historic Angel Orensanz building in NYC’s east village for the One Thousand and One Nights themed ACE Gala. The Tonight Show’s resident comic Seth Herzog kept us laughing throughout the evening, belly dancers transfixed us, Miss Teen U.S.A., K. Lee Graham, spoke on the importance of ACE’s work, and the evening was capped by an exciting performance from international pop star Emin.
The highlight for many at each Gala is the guest speaker, who shares their experience coming back from desperate circumstances. This year we had the honor of hearing from ACE’s own Steve Martin. Steve was an ACE participant almost ten years ago. He completed Project Comeback and was brought on as an Assistant Crew Supervisor. It was not long before he was Head Supervisor and he is now the most irreplaceable member of the ACE staff. ACE truly could not do what we do without Steve Martin, and that is a testament to the importance of giving individuals the opportunity to prove themselves.
The ACE Gala is also a time to honor individuals who have shown outstanding support for our body of work. We once again thank John & Margo Catsimitidis, Betsy McCaughey, Charles Brunie, Nancy Hunt & Nile Rodgers, and Elisabeth Holder Raberin and Pierre-Antoine Raberin. Each one of these partners has shown significant support for ACE and our mission to get homeless and impoverished New Yorkers back to work, for good.
We also thank each and every individual who was present at the 2015 Gala. Together, we raised over $550,000 that will make it possible for hundreds of men and women to receive continuing services with ACE. That means people are back at work, supporting their families, furthering their education, finding higher paying jobs, increasing their benefits, and becoming self sufficient. On behalf of the individuals and families that you have given an opportunity to, thank you!