Special fundraising events are held throughout the year to support the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s charitable and community benefit programs so that compassionate care can be provided to the most vulnerable and underserved populations who need it most.
Annually, VNSNY hosts two major fundraising events, including the fall VNSNY Benefit Dinner and the spring Golf Classic. Both events are successful ways for VNSNY to build awareness of our mission and help generate contributions from philanthropic organizations and individuals.
The VNSNY 125th Anniversary Gala, “Enriching Lives: 125 Years and Counting!”, was held on Thursday, November 8th, in the recently renovated Ziegfeld Ballroom. The event raised a record-breaking $1,320,000 in donations, all to support VNSNY’s vital charitable care and community benefit programs. These include a wide range of important safety-net programs such as VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership, Hospice services, and the VNSNY Research Center, amongst others.
The event featured the presentation of the Lillian D. Wald Award to April Anthony, CEO of Homecare Homebase and CEO of Encompass Health – Home Health & Hospice, and to Samuel L. (Tony) Milbank, Chair of the Board of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The award, named after the public health pioneer and founder of VNSNY, is presented each year in recognition of those who have made significant contributions to the health and welfare of others.
The event, which numbered nearly 600 in attendance, also featured an outstanding performance by stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer Jim Gaffigan, with author, producer and screenwriter Susan Fales-Hill serving as the Master of Ceremonies.
View the VNSNY 125th Gala Slideshow.
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) 2018 Golf Classic took place on Monday, May 21st at a new venue, The Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle. The weather was spectacular for what was our sixth consecutive sold-out golf classic! The event, Co-Chaired by VNSNY Board Member Frank Vigilante and EVP Kerry Parker, featured 128 golfers expected to play and enjoy a day filled with golf, brunch, dinner, contests, awards, raffles, prizes and a silent auction.
This year’s Golf Classic raised $260,000 for the Veterans Program from VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, dedicated to providing superior hospice care that addresses the unique needs of veterans and their families. Funds raised from the event, in conjunction with last year’s funds, have enabled our Veterans Program to hire an additional Veterans Hospice Liaison.