Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s (VOA-GNY) 25th annual gala, celebrating the strength and resilience of VOA-GNY throughout this past year—and the last 125 years—keeping thousands of our most vulnerable neighbors in need safe.
All proceeds from the event will benefit VOA-GNY’s 66 social service programs. Willie Geist, host of NBC’s Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe will be the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
Multi-hyphenated artist, entrepreneur, actor and fashion icon A$AP Rocky will receive Volunteers of America-Greater New York’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
This award recognizes an individual who has not only demonstrated extraordinary resilience by rising above difficult circumstances to achieve remarkable success, but who has shown great empathy and generosity by giving back to the community.
As a child, Rocky lived with his mother at VOA-GNY’s Regent Family Residence during a period of homelessness.
Additionally, Mr. Reginald Goins, President & COO, The Honickman Companies (includes Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York) and Secretary, VOA-GNY Board of Directors, will receive the Spirit of New York Award and Ms. Octavia Rushin, former VOA-GNY client, will receive the Achievement Award.
Other special guests in attendance include Paige Davis, actor and TV host, Mariano Duncan, former NY Yankees player, Min Jin Lee, award-winning bestselling author, Julianne Moore, award-winning actor and producer, Patrick Page, award-winning actor and singer, Charles Smith, former NY Knicks player, John Starks, former NY Knicks player and Kathy Wakile, actor and author.