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2023 Annual Valentine Gala

The Bowery Mission's Annual Valentine Gala

Thank you for a special night!

Our 24th Annual Valentine Gala was held Tuesday, February 14. We celebrated The Bowery Mission’s legacy of supporting New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and marginalization on their journey to flourishing vocationally, spiritually and relationally. The evening was also a time to honor the Veth and Elmore families, who have given faithfully to The Bowery Mission for decades and built legacies that will make flourishing possible for generations to come.

Thanks to your generosity, more than $1.7 million was raised, which will directly support The Bowery Mission’s services. Nearly 400 attendees enjoyed an evening of dinner, dancing and connecting with friends new and old at The Plaza. We’re so grateful for everyone who joined us to recognize The Bowery Mission’s critical work to see more of our neighbors in need experience flourishing.

"Together, we can create a sense of home and a family for people with nowhere else to turn. Together, we can walk with people as they journey out of despair and into a renewed sense of purpose."

James Winans, CEO


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  • The Bowery Mission Annual Valentine Gala

Photo credit: 2023 Albert Cheung Photography


Natalia’s Story

During the event, guests heard from Natalia, a graduate of The Bowery Mission’s Residential Program for Women. Once struggling with drug addiction and homelessness, she found her way to our Women’s Center, where she became surrounded by community and began putting her life back together. She was able to develop healthy routines and receive counseling and is now employed and living independently — experiencing true flourishing.


"God brought me to The Bowery Mission. I think the Women’s Residential Program was made for me, because it’s what I needed in my life."

Natalia, Program Graduate

DG & Gini Elmore and Family

DG & Gini Elmore
and Family

Charles & Marianne Veth and Family

Charles & Marianne Veth
and Family

Honorary Chair

Stephen L. Brooks

Partner, J.F. Lehman & Company


Errol Louis

Political Anchor, Spectrum News NY1 & Host, “Inside City Hall”


The Bowery Mission Annual Valentine Gala


The Bowery Mission Annual Valentine Gala


The Bowery Mission Annual Valentine Gala


The Bowery Mission Annual Valentine Gala

Photo credit: 2023 Albert Cheung Photography


Benefit Committee

The Armstrong Family

The Arun I and Asmita Bhatia Family Foundation

Jessica & Bryan Cho

Dudley & Nonie Diebold

Summer & John Ellis

The Gaffigan Family Foundation

John & Susan Goetz

Lewis Headden

Rob & Jamie Knauss

Lynn Kolowsky, in memory of Don Kolowsky

Emily & Joseph Solway

Beth F. J. & Scott G. Stephenson

Blakely & John Stinebaugh

Timothy Valz

Laura & Jason Woodard


Major Partners

Gant Travel Management
Solution Tree, Inc.


Cornerstone Information Systems
J.F. Lehman & Company
Legacy Fire Protection
The Set Hudson Yards
Turner Mining


Butterfield Foods, LLC

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

CVM Inc.


Pavarini McGovern, LLC

Regency Wealth Management


Wells Fargo



Understand Our Impact

Since the 1870s, The Bowery Mission has been a place of welcome, care, and healing for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and hunger. Our Annual Valentine Gala raises funds for our emergency meal and shelter services as well as our residential programs, which provide individualized, holistic care for men and women taking the next step on their journey to independent living. The Bowery Mission also offers year-round enrichment opportunities for youth in two under-resourced New York City neighborhoods through our Mont Lawn City Camp program, which culminates in an unforgettable summer experience at Mont Lawn Camp in Pennsylvania’s Poconos region.



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For more information about our 2023 Gala, or any Bowery Mission event, please contact [email protected].


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