On June 6, more than 300 people attended SUS’ 35th Anniversary Gala to commemorate the organization’s history in partnering with New Yorkers living on the margins of society to help them live their best potential. The event was held at the New York Public Library in Manhattan.
The gala, sponsored by Lamb Financial Group, recognized corporate honoree The Home Depot Foundation for its shared commitment to support veterans’ reintegration into civilian life. At the event, Donna Colonna, CEO of SUS, acknowledged SUS’ partnerships with The Home Depot and other corporate, government and philanthropic partners as key in the organization’s growth in the past 35 years, and in years to come. Through its efforts in building public and private partnerships, SUS has served more New Yorkers in need of support and created platforms for important dialogue among key stakeholders. However, most important in SUS’ growth have been the partnerships that have formed with the individuals SUS supports through its programs and services.
In our short history, the community of SUS has been a catalyst for social change and has helped make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of veterans and individuals and their families facing intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS, said Colonna. We have partnered with them by offering housing, employment, wellness and other life-saving opportunities. For SUS it’s about quality of life for all New Yorkers, by New Yorkers helping New Yorkers. I’s a community where everyone matters.
The event featured notable speakers representing the major industries in which SUS works, including Col. Anthony Henderson, Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Support; Kristin M. Woodlock, Acting Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health; Jill Gentile, Associated Commissioner for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; Tony Lemma, Regional Vice President of The Home Depot, and Andrew Hurwitz, SUS board chair and partner at the Entertainment Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.
The event raised funds to support SUS’ programs and services. To make a donation to SUS, please visit sus.org/donate/.
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