Dear Friends,

Thanks to our amazing Honorees , committed Gala Leadership, and generous Supporters , Selfhelp’s 2019 Gala was an overwhelming success. The event raised over $1.3 million in support of 4,500 vulnerable Holocaust survivors and thousands of other elderly individuals in our care.

On Tuesday, May 21st, 600 guests gathered at The Pierre to pay tribute to three exceptional honorees - Brian R. Steinwurtzel, Heidi and Richard Rieger, and Daniel Libeskind.

The elegant event was hosted by the award winning FOX 5's Good Day New York Co-Host, Lori Stokes, who once again graced our podium as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.
Lori Stokes, Mistress of Ceremonies
The Fran Eizenstat Legacy Award was presented by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat to Heidi and Richard Rieger. The Riegers were influential in expanding the Witness Theater Program in New York and spearheaded and generously supported the production of Selfhelp's Witness Theater documentary.
Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat and Fran Eizenstat Legacy Award recipients,
Heidi and Richard Rieger.
Brian Steinwurtzel was presented with the Caring for Generations Award. As Chair of the newly created Selfhelp Realty Group, Brian leads Selfhelp's efforts to develop and operate state-of-the-art affordable housing residences throughout the boroughs and Long Island. Brian also generously lends his time, talents and expertise as a Trustee of the SCS Foundation, ensuring the financial resources for Selfhelp's vital programs and services.
Jeffrey Gural and Caring for Generations Award recipient, Brian R. Steinwurtzel.
SCS Foundation Trustee Debrah Lee Charatan presents the World Class Visionary Award to Daniel Libeskind
 Daniel Libeskind was presented with the World Class Visionary Award . Renowned and internationally acclaimed for his influential architectural design, Daniel has lent his visionary talents to two new Selfhelp affordable housing residences in Brooklyn (Sumner Houses) and on Long Island. Selfhelp is proud to partner with Daniel in serving the senior community by creating homes that give a sense of civic pride and set a new paradigm for afforable housing in New York City.
View Larry Silverstein's special introduction to Daniel Libeskind.
The program included a moving performance by the New York Chinese Chorus. Founded with generous support from New York City Councilman Peter Koo and founding President Tai Wang, the chorus promotes Chinese folk music and cultural exchange through musical performances.
The New York Chinese Chorus, with Conductor Dr. Guo Shang, perform at the Gala.
Our deepest thanks to the 2019 Gala Co-Chairs: Staci & John R. Barber, Debrah Lee Charatan & Steven I. Holm, Jeffrey & Paula Gural, and Carol & Jerry Levin for their outstanding efforts. And to all our wonderful supporters for making the evening a tremendous success for Selfhelp and our clients.

We congratulate our wonderful honorees and extend warmest thanks to all for making the Gala a shining evening for the entire Selfhelp family.

Raymond V.J. Schrag
Board of Directors
Dennis Baum
SCS Foundation

Stuart C. Kaplan
Chief Executive Officer
Selfhelp's 2019 Gala
Lori Stokes and Tai Wang
John Barber and
Matt Cantor
Lori Stokes, CEO Stuart C. Kaplan, Daniel Libeskind and Staci Barber
Brian and Shelly Steinwurtzel and their daughters, Ayla and Mia
CEO Stuart C. Kaplan, Daniel and Nina Libeskind, Heidi and Richard Rieger, & Board President, Raymond VJ Schrag
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