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2020 Annual Valentine Gala

The Bowery Mission's 2020 21st Annual Valentine Gala
Alain Bernard

Alain Bernard

President & CEO of Richemont North America

On Thursday evening, February 13, The Bowery Mission hosted its 21st annual Valentine Gala at the iconic Plaza Hotel. At our signature fundraising event, we honored Alain Bernard, one of New York’s most significant luxury brand leaders. He has been an important partner of The Bowery Mission since 2013, when he first served a Christmas meal at the Mission with his family. Alain has introduced many friends and colleagues to this work, opening both his home and his office to share his passion for the life transformation happening at the Mission.

"The Bowery Mission goes beyond saving or helping. Rebuilding hope, rebuilding lives."

Alain Bernard

With the help of 425 supporters who gathered at The Plaza, we raised over $1.3 million dollars of critical funds to help neighbors overcome homelessness and poverty.

Guests had the opportunity to network while celebrating the impact and growth of The Bowery Mission's work in the New York metro area. They also enjoyed a silent and live auction hosted by auctioneer Lucas Hunt, followed by a night of dinner and dancing.


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2020 Valentine Gala

Photo credit: 2020 Albert Cheung Photography


Polfirio's Story

At the 2020 annual Valentine Gala, we celebrated Polfirio, who has received renewed hope and a fresh start through The Bowery Mission.

"Since my time at The Bowery Mission, I've been able to bring back to life old relationships. I have more patience, I'm more understanding of others, and I've become more resilient. I know God has a plan."

– Polfirio, Graduate of The Bowery Mission





Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Plaza Hotel
768 5th Ave
at Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

Alison Morris
NBC News

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The Bowery Mission 21th annual Valentine Gala at The Plaza


The Bowery Mission 21th annual Valentine Gala at The Plaza


The Bowery Mission 21th annual Valentine Gala at The Plaza


The Bowery Mission 21th annual Valentine Gala at The Plaza

Benefit Committee

Sara & Jack Broderick

Veronica Bulgari & Stephan Haimo

Catherine Barba Chiaramonti

Jessica & Bryan Cho

Dudley & Nonie Diebold

Summer & John Ellis

Marie de Foucaud

Jim & Jeannie Gaffigan and The Imagine Society

Jacci & Kelly Gebert

John & Susan Goetz

Eileen Guggenheim

Lewis Headden

Lauren & Richard Horowitz

Sally & Dwight Jacobsen

Rob & Jamie Knauss

Marigay McKee & Bill Ford

The Nagel Family

Kathleen Ruiz

Beth F. J. & Scott G. Stephenson

Hanna Struever

Charles & Marianne Veth

Anne & Pierre de Villemejane

Laura & Jason Woodard


About The Bowery Mission

Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has served generations of New Yorkers with food, safe shelter, clothing and medical care. Every year, we deliver God's grace and continue this legacy, driven by our belief that hope is rebuilt and lives are transformed when we Love Well. The Valentine Gala also supports our Residential & Community Programs for men and women that help clients make progress, as well as our Children's Programs that empower children to thrive and succeed. The Bowery Mission is meeting the needs of significantly more people in the New York metro area. New York City Rescue Mission and Goodwill Rescue Mission joined forces with The Bowery Mission to say "yes" to more people, more often, with more and better services.

Thanks to our generous donors, supporters and corporate partners, our Valentine Gala has raised over $19,000,000 in the past 21 years. We are truly grateful for your support.


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Corporate Partner

Triple Five Worldwide - American Dream


Corporate Sponsors

Richard Attias & Associates

Bizzi and Partners Development LLC


Crédit Agricole CIB

Inspir Carnegie Hill

Pavarini McGovern

Reflection Window + Wall

Related Companies

Retail Portfolio Solutions

Richemont North America


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