The 2023 HeartShare Spring Gala took place on
Wednesday, March 29th, at Cipriani Wall
Street in New York City. The gala honored the
achievements of extraordinary individuals committed to
helping people in the community live their best lives.
President and Chief Executive Officer, HeartShare Human
Services of New York, presided over the gala for the first
time. HeartShare board chair Paul
J. Torre hosted the gala.
Lennix, star of the hit NBC series
The Blacklist, was honored with the 2023 Heart
of a Champion Award, which is given to a person whose
commitment to family and community transforms the landscape
for underserved and marginalized populations. Jeff
Marchetti presented the award to Harry Lennix.
Chairman and Managing Member of Pitta Bishop
& Del Giorno LLC, was honored
with the 2023 HeartShare Visionary Award, which is presented
to a person whose work honors our past, shapes our present,
and transforms our future by building a foundation for
success for HeartShare and the community it supports.
HeartShare board member
Kenneth P. Nolan, Esq.
presented the award to Vincent
F. Pitta, Esq.
Lamberg, Founder and CEO, Lamb
Insurance Services, was presented with the
2023 Catherine White Achievement Award, which is presented
to a person whose career achievements benefit at-risk
populations, particularly those with intellectual and
developmental disabilities, children, and youth. Dawn
Saffayeh presented the award to Joshua Lamberg.
HeartShare board members attending the gala
Joseph R. Benfante, Esq.,
Reverend Patrick S. Flanagan, Matthew Lipsky, Joseph
Malone, Frank J. Maresca, Kenneth P. Nolan, Esq., Peter E.
Pisapia, Esq., Renee V. McClure,
Christine E. Strehle,
and Paul J. Torre.
attending the gala included: Jeff &
Djena Graves Lennix,
About HeartShare Human Services of New York
HeartShare Human Services of New York
nurtures and empowers children and adults with intellectual
and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum
disorders, through education, life skills and vocational
training, employment, residential, case management,
recreational, individual and family supports, and health
HeartShare affiliates include The HeartShare
School, which offers quality education and therapies to
children with autism, HeartShare Wellness, which provides
therapies and counseling, as well as case management to
those with developmental disabilities and people with
chronic conditions, and HeartShare St. Vincentís Services (HSVS),
which supports children, adults, and families living in
crisis due to experiences with poverty.
Since its founding in 1914, HeartShare has expanded its
reach to over 100 program sites in Brooklyn, Queens, and
Staten Island, as well as to 60 of the 62 New York counties
through energy grants to low-income families.
HeartShare is proud that 90% of all revenue goes directly to
its programs and services. HeartShare is accredited by the
Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and
Children and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.
information about HeartShare Human Services of New York,