2014 Gala

2014 Gala

R - L: Brenda Rosen, Alexander Gorlin, Jamie Rubin, Marian Zucker, Jamie Drake, William Mulrow

Click the image above to view our album of Facebook photos from the event.

On October 30, 2014, Common Ground held its 2014 Celebrating Home and Community gala in the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Thanks to our generous supporters, we raised $1.4 M for our programs.

This year, we were privileged to honor two distinguished individuals – Marian Zucker, President of the Office of Finance and Development for New York State Homes and Community Renewal, and architect Alexander Gorlin.

Marian Zucker joined New York State Homes and Community Renewal in February 2007. During her tenure at that agency, she launched a number of new finance and program initiatives and created open dialogues with key partners through both the SONYMA and Multifamily Advisory Councils.  Her work has been recognized by the Habitat for Humanity Innovator of the Year Award in 2010, The Bond Buyer 2010 Northeast Deal of the Year Award and NYSAFAH Award for Excellence Advocate of the Year Award in 2013. 

Alexander Gorlin, FAIA is a noted architect, urban planner, design critic and author.  His internationally recognized firm Alexander Gorlin Architects specializes in a wide range of design programs that span the economic and cultural spectrum including religious institutions, schools, high-end residential, affordable, and supportive housing for the homeless, as well as master planning.  His firm has completed an entire neighborhood of 300 pre-fabricated affordable town houses in Brooklyn for the Nehemiah group and two buildings for Common Ground in the Bronx.

Each year, nearly 4,000 chronically homeless and low-income individuals are able to attain and sustain stability through Common 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 at-risk New Yorkers. Even if you were not able to attend, please consider contributing to this event by making a straight, fully tax deductible donation for our cause. Doing so would benefit a great many underserved individuals over the coming winter months.

Please contact Vanessa Miller, Special Assistant to the President/CEO at 212.389.9391 or gala@commonground.org with any questions.