2024 Annual Gala

For more than a century, Volunteers of America-Greater New York has been serving individuals and families in need, becoming one of the largest providers of human services in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Westchester County. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 30,000 adults and children. 

On April 15, we gathered at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel to honor CAVU Securities as well as Danielle Mareka, Fashion Model and Philanthropist, and celebrated the progress we are making together as we strive to end homelessness in Greater New York by 2050.

Cirque du VOA Gala Honorees

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    Community Champion Award: CAVU Securities

    Throughout our 128-year history, VOA-GNY has proudly served veterans of every American conflict since the Civil War, which is why we’re so proud to honor CAVU Securities, a certified minority- and veteran-owned enterprise. From the beginning of our partnership, CAVU has taken every opportunity to show our clients they care, generously adopting both of our veterans’ housing programs and providing year-round support. The award will be accepted by CEO Greg Parsons, who served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

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    Shining Star Award: Danielle Mareka

    Having achieved professional success as a fashion model, philanthropist Danielle Mareka has spent the last two years giving back by helping domestic violence survivors in VOA-GNY shelters find empowerment in their resilience. Danielle, who lived with her mother in a domestic violence shelter as a child, hosts self-care events for survivors, bringing in professional hairstylists and estheticians as well as using her fashion and beauty industry contacts to donate makeup and other self-care products. Danielle models for brands including Nike, Tiffany & Co, and MAC Cosmetics, and her work has been featured in outlets such as Vogue and Essence Magazine.






  • Tricia and Timothy Carey

  • Gerry Cunningham and Family

  • Paige Davis and Patrick Page

  • Erin and Jeffrey Ginsburg

  • Reginald and Angela Goins

  • Carmen and Tom Johnson

  • Loews Corporation

  • Nila Misra and Ashish Midha

  • Kim and David Nastro

  • The Parsons Family Foundation

  • Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of NY

  • Procida Construction Corp.

  • Terri Ann and Paul Quinlan

  • The Russian Tea Room

  • Volunteers of America, Inc.

  • Wells Fargo


Magnusson Architecture and Planning, PC

Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP


Capital One

Patricia Daly and Henry Schreiber

GS Construction Group, Inc.

The Law Firm of Candace C. Carponter, PC

Yichih Lin and Dino Wu

Lettire Construction

Lockton Companies

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

New York Football Giants

Kyung-Ah Park and Robert Wolk

TGI Office Automation

Urban Builders Collaborative

The Weeks Lerman Group

See our 2023 gala Over the Rainbow: Imagining a Future Without Homelessness, which raised a record 1.3 million dollars for our mission of ending homelessness in the New York area and our 65+ housing, health, and wealth-building programs.