Performances by Debbie Harry and IMPACT Repertory Theater Choir

BNY Mellon, Peter A. Hochfelder and Ellen Levine are Honorees

Presenters Include Deborah Roberts,Michael Strahan, Anna Quindlen

                  Gov. Cuomo to Deliver Remarks                  

NEW YORK, NY (May 18, 2015) – BNY Mellon; Peter A. Hochfelder, Managing Member of Brahman Management LLC; and Ellen Levine, Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines, will be honored for their tireless efforts to improve the social and economic conditions of their communities, and their shared commitment to HELP USA’s vision of ending homelessness, at HELP USA’s 2015 HELP USA Hero Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 28.  HELP USA is one of the nation’s largest providers of housing and supportive services for the homeless, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.

This year’s gala will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street beginning at 6:30 pm. The event will feature special performances by The Iconic Debbie Harry (“Blondie”) and by the choir of IMPACT Repertory Theater, an organization which works to transform the lives of troubled youth through art and social consciousness.

“The recipients of our HELP Heroes Award embody a relentless commitment and dedication to the underserved in our nation,” said Maria Cuomo Cole, Chairman of the Board for HELP USA. “We are proud to honor them for this commitment.”

BNY Mellon, which will be accepted by Chairman and CEO Gerald L. Hassell; Mr. Hochfelder; and Ms. Levine join a distinguished group of civic and community leaders who have been recognized at the HELP USA Hero dinners.  Past honorees include President Bill Clinton; President Barack Obama; Governor Mario Cuomo; Colonel Jack Jacobs; Katie Couric; Al Gore; Larry King; Sir Elton John; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Meredith Vieira; Joe Torre; Michael Strahan; Al Roker; Lauran and Justin Tuck of the New York Giants; Christine Quinn; Sen. Charles Schumer; Randall L Stephenson; and The Home Depot Foundation, among many others.

Mr. Strahan will be an award presenter at this year’s dinner, as will Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Anna Quindlan and prominent broadcast journalist Deborah Roberts.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who founded HELP USA in 1986, and Ms. Cole will deliver keynote remarks.

“It is a great honor for BNY Mellon to be recognized by HELP USA, an organization that is leading the charge in solving one of the greatest socio-economic issues our country faces today,” said Mr. Hassell. “HELP USA’s holistic approach not only provides housing to the homeless but offers a clear path to self-sufficiency, giving them back their pride and dignity. BNY Mellon is proud to support this innovative mission.”

Mr. Hochfelder and Ms. Levine echoed these sentiments.

“I am proud to be a board member and supporter of HELP USA,” said Mr. Hochfelder. “It is a true privilege to have the opportunity to serve an organization which does such profound work. Its efforts to positively impact the homeless population in the US are imperative to our country’s ideal – a place for everyone in the American dream.”

Added Ms. Levine: ““People all around us are experiencing hardships and terrible struggles. I actually tear up when I think of the remarkable work that HELP USA does, offering women and men guidance and support to become the people they are meant to be. I am honored to be recognized by an organization with so much heart.”


HELP USA has developed $180 million of permanent and supportive housing, providing close to 6,000 units of permanent and transitional housing and invests over $8 million in veteran services across the nation.  Every day, HELP USA serves 7,000 people, including 1,800 young people through after school youth programs, day care, mentoring and sports programs.  The organization offers in excess of 2,800 transitional and permanent housing units located in New York City, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, Buffalo, Newark, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas. Additional supportive services offered by HELP USA include: employment training; veterans services; medical services; HIV/AIDS services; early childhood education; mental health services, and domestic violence counseling.

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HELP USA is one of the nation’s largest providers of housing and supportive services for the homeless.  Through comprehensive programs and quality housing construction, HELP residents live with dignity in a safe environment.  HELP serves at-risk populations including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. HELP USA currently serves more than 7,000 people every day at 43 programs and residences across five states. Since its founding, HELP USA has served more than 350,000 men, women, and children, and developed in excess of 2,800 units of housing.

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