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A Heartfelt THANK YOU message from Yvette B. Andre, Executive Director and CEO

Event Sponsor

Gala Co-Host


It was a magnificent evening and you made it happen!

Thank you so much for your support on Thursday, October 25, 2017 at the Unique People Services (UPS) 27th Anniversary Gala! Over 250 supporters, community members, and friends joined us to celebrate and help us to raise over $250,000.00!

We are grateful for all the support, as the evening's donations provide vital funding for the programmatic efforts of the organization. The funds raised allows us to provide a wide range of supportive housing and medical case management services to individuals and families living with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, and HIV/AIDS throughout New York City.

Once again the theme for this year's event was" A Celebration of Unique People" and during the evening, we highlighted five successful honorees, who's uniqueness embody the mission of UPS, Ms. Barbara Lehrer, President and founder of the Beacon Group, Inc. who received the Lynn Wonsang Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the former President of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Nunzio Del Greco. The 2018 Individual of the Yea was Jaombay Wells, who was selected from an array of UPS program participants that have overcome insurmountable challenges to lead fulfilling productive lives. Ms. Melissa Salguero, PS 48 Music teacher and Grammy award winner, was the recipient of the UPS Community Award and last but definitely not least, Interior Resources was presented with this year's Business Award for their thoughtful and affordable furniture design that has helped us to create a safe place to call home for the individuals living in our residences.

The event was a great success and could not have been achieved without your support!

On behalf of the UPS Board of Directors, staff and participants, thank you again. We are truly grateful for your unwavering commitment to UPS and the betterment of those we serve. With the success of the event and your generous contribution, we can continue serve those that need it the most!

With heartfelt gratitude!

Yvette Brissett-Andre

Executive Director/CEO

Photos of a Night to Remember!

Check out the evenings Gala Video

We are grateful for your support. If you did not have an opportunity to attend, you can still donate by purchasing one our bench plates to be displayed at Lynn's Place in our memorial garden.

To purchase a memorial bench plate contact Constance at or complete the online form.

Printable version also available.

View the wonderful videos of our honorees

Click here to view our E-journal