Kicking off 2019 with our 1st Donor Appreciation Reception

On Thursday, January 24th we celebrated our supporters during our 1st Donor Appreciation Cocktail Reception at Primi Italian Steakhouse in West Islip. The event was lighthearted, informative and FUN!

Beacon House CEO & President Frank Amalfitano welcomed guests and thanked them for their continued support. He announced that 2019 marks United Veterans Beacon House’s 25th year of service providing housing and supportive services to more than 23,000 veterans since its inception.

Among the more than 50 people in attendance was Mr. Edward Blaskey, EVP of Long Island at Sterling National Bank. Mr. Blaskey spoke passionately about his dedication to our mission and the role the bank will serve as a Community Partner and major donor. He urged our guests to accept his challenge to stay engaged and continue to support our mission.

Alphonso Richardson, Navy Veteran and former Beacon House client closed out our opening program by sharing his personal journey from homelessness to independence and the role Beacon House has played in his life. Alphonso received an energizing round of applause when he announced he will graduate with his Masters this coming May.

It was a great night, our guests mingled and networked while enjoying delicious food courtesy of Frank Bono, owner of Primi.

Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event

Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event
Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event

On Thursday October 18th, 445 Long Islanders gathered at the Heritage Club in Bethpage for the United Veterans Beacon House Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters – we raised $280,000 to help support our housing and community-based programs, thereby serving even more homeless veterans and veteran families. The evening was truly amazing!

The event began with a welcome performance by James Graseck strolling violinist, followed by the cocktail reception, dinner, and silent and basket auctions.

Outstanding entertainment included opera singer Gary Lorentzen, who opened our dinner program with an acapella performance of the National Anthem. He was followed by patriotic tunes performed by the American Bombshells, which lasted through the evening.

The 2018 honoree, Mr. Edward J. Blaskey, EVP of Sterling National Bank, spoke about the importance of community engagement, and protecting and empowering the men and women who bravely served our nation. Ed brought the crowd to its feet when he announced the bank’s long-term commitment to Beacon House – and veterans in crisis – with an additional donation of $20,000!  This donation will be used to form a joint partnership with Beacon House for the creation of a Fiscal Literacy Education Program.  This generous donation brings Sterling National Bank’s support for 2018 to $30,000.

The 2018 Community Partnership of the Year Award was presented to Northwell Health. Northwell Health has been a strong supporter and partner of Beacon House for the past six years. They offer a wide range of vital health, wellness and workforce resources.  Accepting the award on the company’s behalf was Mr. Vincent Cunningham, Regional Director.

The silent and basket auctions had our guests bidding on a Private Yacht Cruise for four to Fire Island, private box seats to “Hamilton” in NYC , Chopard sunglasses, $500 in NYS Lottery scratch off’s, and more.

All in all, the Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala was the best yet. We not only exceeding our fundraising goal, but we added new members to the Beacon House family. Onward to next year!

​It Was a Wonderful Event

UVBH Event 5-18-2016

UVBH Event 5-18-2016It was a wonderful event. Mr. Phillip Moschitta, the Director of the Northport VA said the opening remarks. Frank Amalfitano, Ed Olsen, BHNVR Program Director and Greg Curran, Social Work Service Section Chief & Homeless Veterans Program Manager at the VA also addressed the attendees.We are thrilled to report that there were elected officials in attendance including Senator Flannigan, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy and his wife Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy. There were several aides in attendance representing those officials who could not be there. Carol Rocco, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs for the Town of Huntington and Tom Roynane , Director of the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency were also in attendance.

Our community partners and corporate sponsors took the time to celebrate with us as well. We spent time with Theresa Regnante, UWLI CEO; Ralph Fasano, Executive Director of Concern for Independent Living and Greta Guarton, Executive Director of the LI Coalition for the Homeless. Andrew Cameron, Senior Relationship Manager at Astoria Bank; Vincent Cunningham, Regional Manager at Northwell Health and Laura Rittenberg the President of Coldwell Banker Residential LI/Queens were all there in support of our mission. There were veterans, UVBH board members, volunteers and both VA & UVBH staff on site. In total we had approximately 85 people in attendance. There were refreshments served and tours of the building after the ceremony. The event was a tremendous success.