ACE Launches New NYC Around Town App

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Deana Murtha
Tel: 212.274.0550 x52
Email: dmurtha@acenewyork.org

ACE – THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS FOR THE HOMELESS – LAUNCHES NYC AROUND TOWN MOBILE APP

The NYC Around Town guide is a free location-based navigation and directory app of NYC neighborhoods featuring deals and discounts at favorite businesses throughout New York City.

New York, NY November 5th 2012– Savvy New York residents and visitors alike with a fondness for dining and shopping can now access reviews, locations, deals, discounts and more from many NYC restaurants and shops by downloading ACE’S NYC Around Town App right to their phone.

Visit http://www.acenewyork.org/news/guide-app-download.html to get a free download of NYC Around Town. The NYC Around Town Guide has everything you need to navigate NYC neighborhoods including a detailed map with GPS, recommendations to the best shops, restaurants, hotels and spas, local deals and special promotions. The app creates a more intimate experience for its users by displaying real time positioning and allows businesses to highlight exclusive deals and attractions.

“ACE began in SoHo and has expanded to NoHo, West Village, Midtown and the Bronx.” said Jim Martin, Executive Director of ACE. “Many of the business featured on our app have supported us over the past 20 years in our efforts to help NYC’s recovering homeless men and women achieve self sufficiency through our vocational training program. With our app, shoppers and diners in NYC can join local businesses in their support of ACE programs.”

About ACE:
ACE (Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless) was founded in 1992 by SoHo resident Henry Buhl. ACE works with homeless men and women throughout New York City providing job training and placement, work experience, housing opportunities and a lifetime support network to help participants achieve their goals and establish economic independence. ACE is funded primarily through private donations. For more information about ACE and/or to make a donation, go to www.acenewyork.org.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jim Martin please call Deana Murtha at 212.274.0550 x52 or email at dmurtha@acenewyork.org

Come to ACE’s 2012 Summer Graduation Ceremony!

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.

 

 

ACE Celebrates 20 Years at 2012 Gala

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.

Shop Amazon.com, Support ACE!

Want to support ACE and shop for great products at great prices?  As part of the Amazon Associates program, you can do just that by clicking on the banner below.  Use this special Amazon link and shop as you normally would; when you complete your purchase, ACE will receive a cash back gift from Amazon every month. It’s an easy and simple way to support our job training, educational and housing programs. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Ben Kalish at bkalish@acenewyork.org or 212 274 0550 x 50.

ACE Participates in Homelessness Awareness Symposium

On Tuesday, March 6th, ACE Executive Director Jim Martin and Project Stay Coordinator Elizabeth McNierney attended a Homelessness Awareness Symposium at Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. Students from four different NYC high schools attended and four different organizations (ACE, Rock & Wrap it Up, Picture the Homeless and Masbia) presented the unique work they do to help NYC’s homeless population – everything from advocacy, to food pantries, etc.  Jim and Liz facilitated discussions with the students on their perceptions of homelessness, the underlying causes of homelessness, ACE’s unique approach to tackling those underlying causes and how the students can get involved in their own communities in the fight against homelessness.

Help ACE Celebrate Thanksgiving

Turkey day is just around the corner and ACE needs your help to make it a happy one for our program participants.  As a gesture of appreciation for the hard work our street crews do (cleaning sidewalks and storefronts 362 days a year, in rain, snow or shine) ACE is organizing our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon in SoHo on Thursday, Nov. 17.  As is tradition, we are asking local businesses to donate food to this special event – it’s a cost-effective way to show your support and we will gladly schedule a pick-up of whatever delicious goodies you can provide.

Our program participants are fellow New Yorkers who are grateful for a chance to turn their lives around in these ever-trying economic times, and we hope you will join us in giving them a Thanksgiving to remember.   Please contact Michele Schuster at Mschuster@acenewyork.org or 212-274-0550 ext. 23 to secure your participation.  Not a local business?  Not a problem.  You can do your part by making a donation here.