Pacific House Gala Raises Funds for Emergency Shelter, Affordable Housing

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With more than 350 guests in attendance, Pacific House hosted a successful and festive 18th Annual Pacific House Gala on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

The event raised funds to support the essential services provided by the organization, including an emergency shelter for men and young adults and a steadily expanding portfolio of deeply affordable supportive housing.

The gala is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Pacific House must raise $1 million annually from public donations just to support the daily operations of the emergency shelter. There, clients can begin their journey out of homelessness with a safe, warm place to eat and sleep and build a foundation for an improved life of independence.

Pacific House Gala 2019

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Pacific House hosted a successful and festive 18th Annual Pacific House Gala on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

“What better reason is there to celebrate than that through our combined efforts some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals have a warm, safe place to rest their heads at  night,” said Pacific House Board Chair, Chris Tate.

Round Hill Community Church of Greenwich was honored at the event with the Pacific House Community Award.

Roland Kistler Chris Tate Dan Haugh Pacific House Round Hill Community Church

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Round Hill Community Church of Greenwich was honored with the Pacific House Community Award. From left: Roland Kistler, Pacific House Board Chair Chris Tate and Reverend Dan Haugh.

In addition to providing substantial financial support, members of the church serve one meal each month at the emergency shelter, and during the holidays, church members decorate Pacific House affordable supportive housing units.

Pacific House Gala Entrance

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Attendees could take a virtual tour of the emergency shelter and some of Pacific House’s many affordable supportive housing properties.

Recently the church entered into a formal mission covenant to strengthen the partnership, committing to financial assistance and providing hands-on volunteer hours.

“We feel honored to partner with Pacific House over these decades, said Round Hill Community Church Rev. Dan Haugh. “Pacific House may not be able to fulfill their mission without organizations like us, but we feel strongly that we cannot fulfill our vision to be a force for good in our community without Pacific House.”

Paddles Raised Pacific House gala auction 2019

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Paddles raised for the auction at the Pacific House gala

In addition to cocktails, dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed bidding for exciting auction items and taking a virtual tour of the emergency shelter and some of Pacific House’s many affordable supportive housing properties.

Pacific House serves the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and beyond providing critical, life-changing services and programs for those who need them most.

Pacific House Gala Dancing 2019

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Feet raised: Dancing at the Pacific House gala

The organization is grateful to its generous individual sponsors, and is indebted to corporate sponsors:

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Stamford Mayor Martin with Rafael Pagan Jr., executive director of Pacific House.

A. Emerson Construction, Carlton Fields, BMW of Darien, Building and Land Technology, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, First County Bank, Greenwich Hospital, LaRosa Building Company, Nielsen Florist and Garden Shop, Pitney Bowes, Rimrock Capital Management, Stamford Hospital Foundation, Tradition Energy, Webster Bank and The Vranos Family Foundation for their generous sponsorship, and media partner Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

 

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