Last year, CHiPS served 13,000 breakfasts, 62,400 hot lunches and 76,800 pantry meals. We changed the lives of nine homeless women and their babies, providing a roof over their heads and the support they needed to get back on their feet again.
Those are some pretty impressive numbers. But what’s even more incredible is that we managed to do this almost exclusively thanks to the generosity of the local community. In 2014, we received over $1 million worth of volunteer hours. That same year, local businesses donated 41,600 pounds of bread and baked goods.
We wanted to find a way to say a huge thank you to all those who helped us in 2014. That’s why we held the first CHiPS Gala last month.
Despite the cold weather, you turned up in your hundreds for an amazing evening of food, drink, dancing and celebration, and gave us the chance to say: Thanks a million!
The gala could not have happened without its host, Akiva Reich of the Gowanus Hospitality Group, and the sponsors, who provided food, drink and support:
Richard Chamberlain | Laura DiGiovanni | Lorraine DiPaolo | Christopher Doogan | Robert Elliot | Bruce and Diane Gregory | Robert & Sandra Hagan | Patricia Kean & Charles Zehren | John Lunceford | Ana Nance | James O’Toole | William & Maureen Pynn |
All Saints Episcopal Church | Old First Reformed Church |
501 Union | Bedell Cellars | Double Windsor | Luke’s Lobster | Mermaid’s Garden | New York Distilling Company | Palo Santo | Peak Organic | Pickle Shack | Red Hook Winery | Runner & Stone | Sidecar | Taco Santo | Whole Foods | Wölffer Estate Vineyard |
Thank you also to New York City Council Member Brad Lander for his speech at the gala, to Ana Nance for her beautiful photographs from the event, and to Dianna D’Amico and her daughters for the tasty cookies!