Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Soledad O'Brien at Hearts of Gold

Hearts of Gold, a not-for-profit organization that improves the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and their children, will present its 13th Annual Fall Fundraising Gala, “It’s A Love Thing,” on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.

The event will feature co-Mistresses of Ceremonies Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN and Goodwill Ambassador for Hearts of Gold.

Soledad will be joined by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Tamara Tunie, also an accomplished producer and director as well as a member of Hearts of Gold’s esteemed Advisory Board.

The family-friendly evening will include a cocktail reception and a live auction. The highlight of the 1970s-themed night will be a runway fashion show with the fall collections of Beth Bowley, Teenflo, Transit, Zapa, and other designers yet to be announced. And, for the first time this year, the gala will also feature an after-hours party dubbed “Love Unlimited” to be held following the fashion show and auction at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Proceeds from “It’s A Love Thing” and “Love Unlimited” will be used to support the more than 450 children and over 375 mothers in residence annually at three Manhattan shelters. Though New York City has the country’s second-largest homeless population, Hearts of Gold Founder & Executive Director Deborah Koenigsberger’s vision is to expand the organization, so that struggling families get real-time support not just in New York but across the nation. The funds raised in the annual gala are critical for both the organization’s immediate local needs and longer-term national goals.

“I know our entire nation continues to struggle with the prolonged economic downturn, but NYC’s homeless mothers and children are among those hurting the most. The families that Hearts of Gold serves need our help more than ever,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Founder & Executive Director.

“I am honored that Soledad and Tamara are generously supporting Hearts of Gold again this year as we improve the lives of these families in their time of immediate need and put them on a road to stability and success.”

Individual tickets for “It’s A Love Thing” are available for $250, $500, and $1,000, with tables starting at $2,500. Tickets to the after-party, which runs from 10:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. and includes open bar and dancing, are $50. A limited number of event sponsorship opportunities are still available. Companies or individuals interested in participating in the event can learn more, purchase tickets, or make a donation by calling (212) 206-1461 or by visiting www.heartsofgold.org.


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