Shelter for the Homeless raises $500,000 at 15th annual Rays of Hope Gala

On Friday, May 6, Shelter for the Homeless hosted its 15th annual Rays of Hope Gala at the Italian Center of Stamford. The event, which was hosted by former Major League Baseball player and manager, Bobby Valentine, raised more than $500,000 to support the essential services provided by Pacific House, the area’s only emergency men’s shelter, serving the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and beyond.  

This year’s event honored Patricia Phillips who co-founded the shelter nearly 35 years ago. Phillips, a Stamford resident and Chair Emerita of the organization, exemplifies compassionate care for her community. “We help to make these men whole again,” said Phillips, after receiving a standing ovation and thanking the crowd for supporting the event. “This is money well spent,” she said.

The sentiment was echoed by Board Chair Jim Bosek, “Tonight is such an important night; it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised tonight mean the difference between being able to provide services throughout the year to the homeless in our community, and not being able to.”

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) attended the gala and presented Phillips with a certificate of recognition by the Senate, thanking Phillips for her service. Photo credit: Abi Roberts

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) attended the gala and presented Phillips with a certificate of recognition by the Senate, thanking Phillips for her service. Photo credit: Abi Roberts

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) attended the event, presenting Phillips with a certificate of recognition by the Senate thanking Phillips for her service. “Thank you Pat Phillips for all your great service to our state and our nation,” said Blumenthal.

The highlight of the evening was a moving video presentation showcasing stories of former Pacific House clients who had turned their lives around thanks to the shelter and its services. “I thank our community for being here for us, for giving so generously and for caring,” said Rafael Pagan Jr., the organization’s executive director.

It took many hands to make the evening a success, including a dedicated gala committee headed by Board Member Andrew M. Reid of Greenwich.  Shelter for the Homeless is grateful to all of its gala sponsors, especially corporate sponsors: First County Bank; First Niagara Foundation; Cantor Fitzgerald; Chilton Trust; GE Asset Management; Greenwich Hospital; BLT/Harbor Point; MetTel; Olympus Partners; Purdue Pharma, L.P.; Rimrock Capital Management; Steven Fox Jewelry; Weeden & Co.; Westfair Agency; Bleakley Financial Group; Pitney Bowes; Renewal by Andersen; Thompson Reuters; Tradition Energy and US Trust, as well as individual sponsor, The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust, and media partner Moffly Media.  

About Shelter for the Homeless

Shelter for the Homeless is the only regional men’s emergency shelter, serving Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and the rest of Fairfield County. Since 1982 the organization has served 1 million meals, provided 800,000 bed-nights, secured housing for 1,500 people, and found employment for 3,000 clients. The organization is an innovator in transforming lives and helping clients become more self-sufficient. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.shelterforhomeless.org or call 203-406-0017.

Board Chair Jim Bosek (of Darien) presented Patricia Phillips (of Stamford) with the Rays of Hope Award. Phillips co-founded the shelter nearly 35 years ago. Photo Credit: ChiChi Ubiña

Board Chair Jim Bosek (of Darien) presented Patricia Phillips (of Stamford) with the Rays of Hope Award. Phillips co-founded the shelter nearly 35 years ago. Photo Credit: ChiChi Ubiña

Sandi Mond and Gala Committee Chair Andrew M. Reid, both of Greenwich, with Natasha Muratov. Photo Credit ChiChi Ubiña

Sandi Mond and Gala Committee Chair Andrew M. Reid, both of Greenwich, with Natasha Muratov. Photo Credit ChiChi Ubiña

Board Vice Chairman Peter Rugen, emcee Bobby Valentine, Diane Bosek and Board Chairman Jim Bosek. Photo Credit ChiChi Ubiña

Board Vice Chairman Peter Rugen, emcee Bobby Valentine, Diane Bosek and Board Chairman Jim Bosek. Photo Credit ChiChi Ubiña

Shelter Sustaining Partner, First County Bank. Left to right: Debbie Anderson, Reyno Giallongo Jr., John Polera and Bruce Moore Sr. Photo Credit Abi Roberts

Shelter Sustaining Partner, First County Bank. Left to right: Debbie Anderson, Reyno Giallongo Jr., John Polera and Bruce Moore Sr. Photo Credit Abi Roberts

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