Community Events Support the Coalition’s Efforts

By Rachel Edelman

This winter was a busy events season at the Coalition, as numerous individuals and organizations held a variety of special events to support our efforts. The Coalition would like to thank all of those that held events to raise funds and awareness for the Coalition.

Volunteers from New York Cares organized a successful ‘Happy Hour’ fundraiser on Friday, November 12, at Stitch Bar & Lounge. More than 100 guests and Coalition supporters attended the event, which raised more than $6,000 for the Grand Central Food Program.

Robert Dvorkin, the Coalition’s IT Director and classical pianist, held a piano recital on December 19th at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn , raising $2,300 for the Coalition. The recital featured the works of Chopin, and was attended by 100 guests.

Additional events in December and January included a holiday party hosted by BoConcept and Köl Design on December 14th, which featured a silent auction that raised $1,000 for Coalition programs. Artist Antonella Parenti organized a silent art auction at Katra on January 18th. More than 100 guests attended the auction, with works from 20 artists. Panache PR & Marketing held the 1st Annual Layer New York Drive on January 18th, collecting donations and winter clothing for homeless New Yorkers.

The Coalition was the charity partner for Winter Fest NYC on February 5, hosted by Adrien Fraise and Jonathan Joory. On February 16th, we partnered with Consilience Productions, at the Consilience Awareness Concert Series, where we presented guests with information about the Coalition’s volunteer opportunities.

Thank you again to everyone who helped to organize events this year. Your added support makes it that much easier to provide food, clothing, and hope to thousands of New Yorkers every day.

To organize a benefit on behalf of the Coalition, please contact us at

Published in Safety Net, Winter 2011