Shelter for the Homeless hosts 15th annual Rays of Hope Gala

Shelter for the Homeless, in celebration of its commitment to sheltering and improving the lives of our region’s homeless individuals, will host its 15th annual Rays of Hope Gala on Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m., at the Italian Center of Stamford, 1620 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. More than 400 of the area’s residents, business principals and community leaders will attend a the event. Former Major League Baseball player and manager, Bobby Valentine will serve as master of ceremonies.

The gala features dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Shelter for the Homeless co-founder, Patricia Phillips, will be honored for her commitment to the shelter for the past 30 years, and music will be performed by the band ETA.

Reservations begin at $250 per person, visit shelterforhomeless.org to purchase tickets. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“This extraordinary gala provides the community with an entertaining evening that really makes a difference to those that are homeless,” said Rafael Pagan, Jr., Executive Director. “Because the shelter serves the entire lower Fairfield County region, guests will come away feeling inspired, knowing that they’ve helped those who need it most in their own community.”

Event proceeds will directly benefit the Pacific House emergency men’s homeless shelter. Located at 597 Pacific Street in Stamford, the shelter operates every day of the year, 24 hours per day, feeding and housing up to 100 or more men per night. In 2015 the shelter served more than 50,000 meals and provided 25,000 bed-nights.  Additionally, the shelter offers case management services, access to healthcare, and programs such as Workforce Development, Recovery Program, and Job Readiness Training. Shelter case managers work with each individual that comes to the shelter to help them reach the goal of obtaining housing and becoming more self-sufficient.

Shelter for the Homeless is especially grateful to the gala corporate sponsors. They include: First County Bank; First Niagara Foundation; GE Asset Management; Greenwich Hospital; Olympus Partners; Purdue Pharma, L.P.; Pitney Bowes; Thompson Reuters; US Trust and media partner Moffly Media.

About Shelter for the Homeless

Shelter for the Homeless operates the Pacific House shelter, the only regional men’s emergency shelter serving Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. Incorporated in 1985, Shelter for the Homeless serves lower Fairfield County by providing food, temporary shelter and an array of support services to homeless men, working to help them to become more self-sufficient and obtain and maintain employment and permanent supportive housing.

Robert Phillips, Board Member Peter Rugen, Board Member emerita Patricia Phillips and Lynn Long. Patricia Phillips will be honored at the gala for co-founding Pacific House shelter, and for her 30 years of dedicated service.

Robert Phillips, Board Member Peter Rugen, Board Member emerita Patricia Phillips and Lynn Long. Patricia Phillips will be honored at the gala for co-founding Pacific House shelter, and for her 30 years of dedicated service.

Award-winning investigative journalist Chris Hansen, emcee for the 2015 gala, poses with Natasha Muratov and Board Member Andrew M. Reid.

Award-winning investigative journalist Chris Hansen, emcee for the 2015 gala, poses with Natasha Muratov and Board Member Andrew M. Reid.

Michael A. Alden (of NYC), named 2015 Broadway Global Producer of the Year, signals a thumbs-up at the 2015 Rays of Hope Gala, Diane Garnick of Greenwich on left.

Michael A. Alden (of NYC), named 2015 Broadway Global Producer of the Year, signals a thumbs-up at the 2015 Rays of Hope Gala, Diane Garnick of Greenwich on left.

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