The Partnership for the Homeless

Past Events

2016 Gala

On June 16, 2016, we honored Alan Wiener, Group Head of Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital, with our Cornerstone Award (Corporate Honoree) with a reception, dinner and special performance at The Pierre Hotel. Alan's work in housing and community development made him an obvious choice for this honor. With additional honors going to Jon R. Campbell, EVP and Head of Govt. & Community Relations at Wells Fargo, for his continued commitment to a just and equitable NYC, and three time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater for adding her wonderful voice to our cause with a breathtaking performance, the night was full of gratitude and smiles. Making the evening even more special was the presence of world-renowened opera singer, Jessye Norman, whose work with The Partnership as our spokesperson is deeply appreciated. WABC TV Eyewitness News Anchor and Correspondant, Bill Ritter, brought the whole evening together as our Master of Ceremonies. We are forever grateful for the presence of all these personalities and our sponsors as we raised over $1 million dollars towards our efforts to finding a solution to long-term housing.

Alan Weiner receives Cornerstone Award from Rafael Cestero

Alan Wiener, accepting the Cornerstone Award from Rafael Cestero 

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jessye Norman have a moment at their table 
Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jessye Norman share a moment     

Partnership CEO & President Arnold Cohen and Jon Campbell

Arnold Cohen and Jon R. Campbell

Janet Bell, Jessye Norman, Catherine Chadwick, Alan Weiner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kris Dasgupta, Bob Lorenzo, Athena Lorenzo

Standing - Alan Wiener, Dee Dee Bridewater, Kris Dasgupta, Bob and Athena Lorenzo

                                                                      Seated - Janet Bell, Jessye Norman, Catherine Chadwick                                                                    

       Master of Ceremonies, Bill Ritter                                                  Dee Dee Bridgewater speaking after receiving special thanks

                      Master of Ceremonies, Bill Ritter                                                                     Dee Dee Bridgewater accepting her special recognition 

       M/M Layton, M/M Bralver                                                   Andy Crawford and Friends  

                                Don and Sandy Layton                                                                                     Graves Tompkins, Andy Crawford, Erin O'Connor

                            Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bralver                                                                          Sophia Ferrer, Courtney Broadwater, Andrew Ferrer

                                                                                                                                                                                      John O'Connor

       Frank Brown's Table                                                   Jesye Norman speaking, Catherine Chadwick laughs

Frank Brown (center) and friends, enjoying the dinner program                                                          Jessye Norman addresses the crowd

       Hal Fetner, Steven Koppel, Mike Kaczynski                                                  Alan Weiner and Bill Ritter looking at Bill's phone

             Hal Fetner, Steven Koppel, Mike Kaczynski                                                                      Bill Ritter shows Alan Wiener an amusing tidbit

       Alan Weiner and Sol Arker                                                  Lola West, Nat Sutton, Carol Friedman                   

                          Alan Wiener and Sol Arker                                                                                       Lola West, Nat Sutton and Carol Friedman

Alan Wiener, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Arnold Cohen

                                                                                              Alan Wiener, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Arnold Cohen     


2013 Commitment to Community Awards

On June 13, 2013, Master Chef George Duran, former host of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off and Take This Dish and Twist It, and five pro-bono lawyers from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLC were recognized by The Partnership for the Homeless with its Commitment to Community awards. The ceremony was held at The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 West 23rd Street, New York City.

Master Chef Duran was honored for his work with the Partnership’s clients. At the event, Duran offered an interactive cooking demonstration, showing guests how to make gourmet summer rolls. Recognized for his innovative culinary flair, Duran attended culinary school at the Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise Groupe Ferrandi. While there, he hosted a successful TV show, Pop Cuisine, on France's culinary network Cuisine TVGeorge's culinary interests lie in French, Armenian and South American cuisines. The pro-bono lawyers were recognized for their innumerable hours of invaluable legal support, allowing the organization to devote its resources to direct client work.  

All photos generously donated by Asa Aarons.  For more information about Asa Aarons Photography, please visit              

                         Donald Layton, George Duran and Arnold Cohen

       Daniel Farrell, Michael McGuigan, Don Layton, Arnold Cohen and Aaron Levy


                              Interactive cooking demonstration with George Duran


         Candyce Warnick and Carol Angiolillo                        David Woll          
      Elizabeth Warnickand Candyce Warnick                        Jerry Arko and Henry Baker

      Maggie Dimmick and Andrew Arrieta                      Kris Dasgupta and Carol Greene Vincent                  

       Daniel Stujenske and Virginie Stujenske                  Molly Brown and Debra Feingold

              Brian Meaney, Joe Daveina                       Paul Komar, Eric Pittare and Samantha Dellova      
Rachel Greenberg and Meredith Prevor-Weiss              Christine Fecko and Harlene Catzmin
            Sheryl Genna, Lauren Cook,                              Santo Perrotto and Suzanne Goldstein
         Arlene Mittleman, David Mittleman 

           Jessica Lee, Rhiannon Pena,                              Elizabeth Bland and Paul Girolamo
              and Rachel Baxter   

       Arlene Ricotta, Maureen Tallerico                            Barbara Gottlieb, Dolores Diller

          Barbara Lidsky, Kris Daspugta,                        Christina Coleman and Rhiannon Pena
              and Richard Dick  

                    Paul Meyers                                                    Susan Ungaro and Kris Dasgupta


An Evening with Donald H. Layton, CEO of Freddie Mac and Board Chair The Partnership for the Homeless

Don Layton and Arnold Cohen       Arnold Cohen, Don Layton, Sandy Lazo
              Don Layton and Arnold Cohen                          Arnold Cohen, Don Layton and Sandy Lazo  

         Kyle Pasewark and Scott Labby                              Jeffrey Satenstein, Lori Hricik, Don Layton 

              Seth Bryant, Jeremy Feigelson                                  Jon Youngwood and David Woll 
                    and Joshua Bloodworth
            Gordon Eng, Don Layton                                                 Janet Gochman, David Woll,  
             and Carol Greene Vincent                                              Jennifer Prosek and Arnold Cohen

Jeff Satenstein and Bill Moran       
               Jeff Satenstein and Bill Moran                                David Weisbrod and Kris Dasgupta

Greg Clements and Tim Bass        David Weisbrod, Bill Moran and Don Layton

               Greg Clements and Tim Bass                        David Weisbrod, Bill Moran and Don Layton     


David Weisbrod, Kris Dasgupta, Charles Connell               Don Layton and Martha Sherman

       Roksana Badruddoja, Kevin Kehoe, Barbara Stanley #2.jpg

Evelyn Rodstein, Don Layton, Frank Burns                      Roksana Badruddoja, Kevin Kehoe, 
                                                                                                                    and Barbara Stanley

                Paul Brandow and Joel Glasky                             Jennifer Prosek and David Woll                       

         Jerry Arko, Phil Herman, Louise Bryant                  Tom Rice, Jennifer Prosek, David Woll
                        and G.B. Bryant                                                      George Wang and Stacy McGinn
Camile Calman, Jeremy, Fabio Bertoni #2.jpg       Joi and Arnold

Camile Calman, Jeremy Feigelson, Fabio Bertoni                             Joi Harris and Arnold Cohen       Kris Dasgupta and Henry Gooss

     Joshua Bloodworth and Arnold Cohen                                    Kris Dasgupta and Henry Gooss  

           Nicole Port and Jeremy Feigelson                                   Stacy McGuinn and Arnold Cohen

         Kris Dasgupta, Mike Seery, Jerry Arko
                  Ed Snowden and Joi Harris

The Legacy of Charles Mingus

Watch the video of our event celebrating the music of Charles Mingus at the High School for Civil Rights (Thomas Jefferson Campus) in East New York. As you'll see, members of the Mingus legacy bands performed with children from the community.

The event was hosted by Academy Award nominee Rosie Perez and featured live music by members of the Mingus bands (including a few Grammy winners). Children performed their own interpretations of the music of legendary jazz artist and composer Charles Mingus, whose legacy, like Duke Ellington’s, is one of the largest and most comprehensive in twentieth-century American music. 

The program was created in collaboration with Let My Children Hear Music: The Charles Mingus Institute and facilitators from Teachers College at Columbia University, and based on the all-important jazz concept of improvisation. 

The performance not only provided an opportunity for children from one of the most impoverished areas of New York City to be exposed to music and self expression, but is also based on the belief that music and art can increase academic performance and assist in self-expression, problem-solving, and other cognitive skills.

View photos of the event here.

Event Sponsors



The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

David & Kristen Woll

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

The Medical Link

O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins, LLP

The Oberman Companies

Charles Peck & Liora Manne

Deborah Goldberg & Thomas Bernhard

Boy With Balloons

Children’s Holiday Party

Every year we hold a GIGANTIC — and gigantically fun — holiday party for children and their families who are homeless. On December 15, 2012, we threw the best holiday party so far! Learn more about the Children's Holiday Party.

George Duran

Thanksgiving with George Duran

On November 16, 2012, 90 homeless men and women sat down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal created and prepared for them by master chef George Duran, host of TLC's Ultimate Cake Off and author of Take This Dish and Twist It

Turkey Giveaway

On November 19th staff from the Family Resource Center gave away over 200 turkeys to Senior Citizen Centers, Community Groups, Food Pantries, and individuals in need in East New York, Brooklyn. 

Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

The Partnership for the Homeless and Feed NYC partnered up on November 20, 2012 to provide 150 full meals to newly housed families! Each meal fed 4 to 8 people and included a turkey and all the fixings- even disposable pans!