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Volunteers of America-Greater NY 21st Annual Gala
Anita and Steve Shevett. Caption is Tere Pettitt, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York; David Matera, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Holt Media Companies and CEO/ Co-founder of OOH PITCH;  and Willie Geist,  Emcee and co-host of the Today Show and Morning Joe

Anita and Steve Shevett. Caption is Tere Pettitt, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York; David Matera, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Holt Media Companies and CEO/ Co-founder of OOH PITCH;  and Willie Geist,  Emcee and co-host of the Today Show and Morning Joe





A New York Winter’s Eve, emceed by Willie Geist, host of Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and co-host of MSNBC’S Morning Joe, raises funds to support Volunteers of America’s wide ranging

social service programs


(New York, NY – December 13, 2016) – More than 350 philanthropic New Yorkers – members of the media, finance and corporate communities – joined together to celebrate Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s 21st annual gala, A New York Winter’s Eve.  This annual fundraiser was hosted by Willie Geist, host of Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and co-host of MSNBC’S Morning Joe.  Held in The Plaza Grand Ballroom, the event raised funds to benefit more than 90 life-changing social service programs that help tens of thousands or people and families in need in the Greater New York area every year.

New York-based boutique media agency OOH PITCH and its co-founder David Matera received the Spirit of the Founders Award for their invaluable support throughout the years and for their significant contributions to this year’s Operation Backpack®, Volunteers of America’s annual back-to-school campaign that outfits homeless children with brand new backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies, as well as the veteran’s campaign.


Tere Pettitt, President and CEO of Volunteers of America-Greater New York, said, “At Volunteers of America, we are devoted to helping our most vulnerable and at-risk neighbors by providing a lifeline of indispensable services. Without the generosity of our friends and supporters, we would be unable to aid the thousands of struggling New Yorkers who rely on our vital programs to survive. This year, we are delighted to honor David Matera and OOH PITCH at our A New York Winter’s Eve for their critical support.”

Volunteers of America-Greater New York, one of the oldest and most effective social services charities in the nation. Here in New York City, we are one of the largest providers of services to the homeless and families escaping domestic violence, and the largest provider of supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans. Our programs serve the elderly, young children with developmental delays who also live in poverty, individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS, youth aging out of foster care and more.

“I am honored to receive this year’s Spirit of the Founders Award,” David Matera, CEO and Co-founder of OOH PITCH, noted. “At OOH PITCH, we understand the importance of giving back to the community we live in and are committed to supporting Volunteers of America’s tireless efforts to help thousands of New Yorkers in need.” 

Serving as event chair were board members Roxann Taylor and Tom Johnson.


Also in attendance was Paige Davis, well-known host of TLC's Trading Spaces and seasoned stage actor (Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ and ‘Boeing Boeing’). Ms. Davis is also a Volunteers of America-Greater New York Board Member and spokesperson for the organization’s Operation Backpack® campaign.


Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Todd English, an internationally acclaimed and recognized chef.

The live and silent auctions were led by Lucas Hunt, professional auctioneer.  Among the unique auction items were a trip to Bermuda, a dinner for ten with wine pairings in the Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza curated by Chef Todd English, a private movie screening, an in-home Dessert party paired with Veuve Clicquot prepared by The Plaza’s Executive Pastry Chef Matthew Lambie, as well as fabulous Broadway shows, including Hamilton and a walk-on role in Chicago.

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ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA-GREATER NEW YORK:  Volunteers of America has been at the forefront of social service for 120 years, helping individuals and families in need overcome obstacles to living safe, healthy and productive lives. Across the country, 2 million people in 400 communities in 46 states feel the impact of Volunteers of America’s work every year. Locally, tens of thousands of men, women and children in need benefit from Volunteers of America’s life-changing, often lifesaving work including the homeless, families affected by domestic violence, children with special needs, adults living with HIV/AIDS, behavioral health or substance use issues, at-risk youth, veterans struggling to find their footin



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