Celebrating Home & Community Gala

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, Breaking Ground held its annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala. We celebrated another year of accomplishments and the contributions of two distinguished honorees:

David L. Picket
President, Gotham Organization, Inc.

Paul J. Massey, Jr.
President of New York Investment Sales, Cushman & Wakefield

Event Details
Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:30 pm – Cocktails
7:30 pm – Seated dinner and program
Cipriani 25 Broadway
25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004


Gala Chairs

Michael J. Franco
Chief Investment Officer
Vornado Realty Trust

David Neil
Chief Leasing Administrative and Legal Services Officer
The Durst Organization

Benjamin Stacks
Greater New York Market Manager
Capital One Bank

Vice Chairs

Roy Chin
Regional Director, Commercial Real Estate
TD Bank

Robert Knakal
Chairman, NY Investment Sales
Cushman & Wakefield

Ronald T. Lo Russo
President, NY Tri-State Region
Cushman & Wakefield

Peter Miller
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Jeff Nixon
Vice President
Wells Fargo

Joel I. Picket
Chairman
Gotham Organization, Inc.

Joseph Swingle
Managing Director of Operations, NY Investment Sales
Cushman & Wakefield


Each year, nearly 4,000 chronically homeless and low-income individuals are able to attain and sustain stability through Breaking Ground’s programs. The annual Celebrating Home & Community Gala is our agency’s single largest source of private philanthropic support during any given year for programs serving homeless and at-risk New Yorkers.

Even if you were unable to attend, please consider contributing to this event by making a fully tax deductible donation for our cause. Doing so will benefit a great many vulnerable New Yorkers.