On May 18th, WellLife Network welcomed more than 120 guests to its inaugural Benefit Dinner at Mutual of America headquarters in Manhattan. Bill Ritter, WABC News anchor, was the evening’s special guest and host as we rallied together to raise more than $200,000 for individuals and families faced with disabilities, mental health challenges and addiction. 



Honoring Leaders in Government

The capacity crowd paid special tribute to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. with the WellLife Network Community Renaissance Award. The Honorable Diaz was recognized for his visionary leadership and deep commitment to the Bronx community that has changed countless lives and built a lasting legacy. His passion for making The Bronx and all of New York a better place to live exemplifies the highest ideals of family and community. Accepting for Hon. Diaz was Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene. She commented, “We are especially thankful to organizations such as WellLife Network who help to make wonderful things possible in the Bronx.”



Recognizing Corporate Partners

CSD Housing, LLC was presented with the WellLife Network Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership Award for its profound commitment and inspired leadership in restoring lives and strengthening communities through the construction of affordable and state-of-the-art housing complexes. Alan M. Weinstock, CEO, WellLife Network, presented the award to Mike Newman, President, CSD Housing, LLC. 



Inspiring the Community

The memorable evening also included the presentation of the WellLife Network "Be Well for Life" Inspiration Award to three WellLife Network program participants who overcame extraordinary challenges and barriers. Their poignant stories were highlights of the evening. Their awards read, “For all you have accomplished. For all we know you will achieve.” One participant proudly stated, “WellLife Network saved my life and helped me to develop a purpose and direction!”


Looking Toward the Future

Sherry Tucker, President and CFO, WellLife Network spoke of the challenges facing the health and human services arena, including the need to seek out new sources of program revenue. She also highlighted that the uniqueness of WellLife Network is in its ability to accept the most challenging cases in carrying out its mission “to help all in need live more independent and fulfilling lives.”


“The inaugural celebration of WellLife Network is a testament to the work we do, each and every day, in changing lives, giving hope, and bringing dignity and independence to thousands of our fellow New Yorkers. The mission of WellLife Network was best related by Alan M. Weinstock, "Our enduring partnership with the WellLife Network Board, government, the philanthropic, business, and voluntary sectors, staff and volunteers and many generous individuals, strengthens our resolve to continue our shared commitment to serving people who face barriers to economic and personal independence and helping them to achieve success."


To learn more about upcoming WellLife Network event opportunities or to enquire about next year's benefit dinner, please contact us at info@welllifenetwork.org

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