When: Thursday, August 16th, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Scholastic Building | 557 Broadway
ACE will be honoring our most recent group of Project Comeback graduates on August 16th at the Scholastic Building (557 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Sts) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. These formerly homeless men and women have made a commitment to turning their lives around with ACE’s help. You may have seen our dedicated cleaning crews around town, but this is a chance to experience the profound change that ACE can effect.
Please join the entire ACE family, your fellow New Yorkers, and the proud friends and family of the graduates as we honor their remarkable achievements. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. To R.S.V.P., contact Deana Murtha at 212-274-0550 ext. 52 or DMurtha@acenewyork.org.
Last night, ACE celebrated 20 years of empowering the homeless and improving communities with a star-studded gala at world famous auction house Sotheby’s. The evening began with a display of photographs from the collection of ACE founder Henry Buhl, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in December. Emcee and Good Day NY co-host Rosanna Scotto and socialite Tinsley Mortimer were among the guests who sipped cocktails and browsed through ACE’s silent auction items.
The main dining area was decorated to resemble the streets of downtown NYC – paper traffic lights hung from the ceilings, table numbers were replaced with street signs and images of gridlocked taxis were projected on the walls. Rosanna Scotto kicked off the festivities by introducing opera singer Jessye Norman, who wowed with her rendition of God Bless America, followed by a hilarious performance from comedian Stewie Stone. Awards were presented to Ms. Norman, Russell Simmons and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail. Additional honorees included longtime ACE supporters Tony Goldman, Denise Rich, Steven Tanger and Cynthia Wainwright.
ACE founder Henry Buhl and ACE Executive Director Jim Martin both delivered inspiring speeches highlighting the progress of the program over its 20 year history. Jim then introduced, 2010 ACE graduate Danny W. Danny spoke of his 30-year struggle with addiction and detailed how he finally bottomed out in 2007. After hitting rock bottom, he worked to overcome his drug problem, found his way to ACE in 2010 and became one of our sweetest success stories. Today Danny is clean and sober and has been gainfully employed for almost 3 years. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Danny left the stage.
Sotheby’s auctioneer Jamie Niven then took the stage for the ACE live auction, with some help from longtime ACE supporter Countess Luann de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City (see photo at the right, of the Countess and ACE Founder Henry Buhl). Items included a diamond watch from Tiret, two tickets to the Owners Suite at Yankee Stadium, a weeklong stay at the luxurious Tryall Club in Jamaica and the grand prize, a 2012 Chevy Equinox SUV. The crowd generously opened their hearts and wallets, contributing more than $87,000!
ACE would like to thank all of the evening’s attendees and contributors for making our 2012 gala a night to remember. Our 20th anniversary celebration doesn’t end there – over the next few months, we will be spotlighting great moments in ACE history on our website and social media sites. Be sure to keep checking our Facebook (ACEprograms) and Twitter (@ACEnewyork) pages for more information.
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ACE’s tree planter program is officially up and running! We installed four of our brushed metal planters at 27 North Moore, a residential building in TribeCa – two on the loading dock at the 27 North Moore side of the building and two on the loading dock at the back of the building at Ericsson Place. The plants selected are Oakleaf hydrangea, with ivy cascading over the sides. As part of the maintenance contract, ACE’s program participants will water and maintain the planters for the next three years.
ACE is extremely proud to announce that our long-awaited housing initiative, Project Home, is officially up and running! ACE selected 2 Project Comeback graduates to be the first Project Home participants: Maceo and Robert. Maceo moved in earlier this month, while Robert is waiting for a one-bedroom/studio to open up at the Highbridge facility in the Bronx that will house our alumni. Check out this great photo of Maceo with the keys and lease to his new place and stay tuned for more updates on Project Home!
Our great friends at the Young New York Foundation are hosting a benefit for Friday, April 20 at Avenue (116th 10th Ave, btwn W.17th and 18th). Early bird tickets are on sale until Friday (3/16) and are available here.
The Young New York Foundation is a platform that connects young professionals and exceptional charitable projects in New York. They raise funds and source volunteers for a number of charities that focus exclusively on New Yorkers and the development of their communities.