15th Annual Champion Awards

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15th Champion Awards

On June 3rd, more than 450 supporters joined Safe Horizon for our 15th Annual Champion Awards gala at Gotham Hall in New York City, to celebrate and honor the extraordinary people and organizations making a difference in the lives of victims of crime and abuse!

This year, we honored New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. for his outstanding work on behalf of families and communities, and Verizon for their leadership in supporting our SafeWork campaign and victims of domestic violence through their HopeLine program.

The evening began with Safe Horizon’s board chair, Steve Parrish, welcoming our guests to the Champion Awards. Steve then introduced the gala’s chair, board member, former prosecutor, and bestselling novelist Linda Fairstein. Linda’s speech highlighted the days in her 30-year career before Safe Horizon existed, and how the organization has grown into a national leader in providing services to those affected by violence and abuse.

After Linda’s presentation, Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang took the stage to thank our board members for their incredible leadership and participation to help make Champion 2010 a success. Ariel then noted special thanks to our government partners, whose efforts to support our work have helped us to grow and to provide greater services to more individuals and families.

Denise O’Donnell, former Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, then presented District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. with the first Champion Award of the evening. Mr. Vance used his acceptance speech to show his support for those affected by crisis, and to praise Safe Horizon for our services that provide hope and help.

Sil Lai Abrams, former Safe Horizon client, domestic violence survivor, and columnist for Men’s Fitness magazine, presented the second Champion Award to Verizon. Jim Gerace, President of the New York Metro region for Verizon, accepted the award on behalf of a company whose support of our SafeWork program – our campaign to help domestic violence victims in the workplace - has been outstanding.

One of the evening’s highlights was hearing a survivor of human trafficking speak about the role Safe Horizon played in helping her escape crisis. Diana’s moving testimony underscored both the resilience of the human spirit and the need for supportive services for crime victims.

Safe Horizon is proud to honor both Mr. Vance, Jr. and Verizon, as well as Diana, our client guest. We are also grateful to our board members whose commitment and encouragement have made our Champion Awards this year a success. Last, we thank all the individuals and companies who donated their talents and services toward our first-ever Auctions, and famed appraiser Eric Silver (from PBS' "Antiques Roadshow") for helping with our Live Auction event!

If you could not attend this year's Champion Awards ....

You can still show your support for Safe Horizon by making a gift! Your donation helps in our efforts to provide children, adults, and families affected by violence and abuse with critical services to help them move from crisis to confidence.

For more information regarding Champion 2010, please contact us at events@safehorizon.org or call 212.577.5084.

See photos from Champion 2010.

See photos from past Champion Awards events.


Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.


Linda Fairstein


Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation


Capital One Bank
Ernst & Young LLP/Linda Lam
Pamela & W. Howard Keenan
Limited Brands
USI Insurance Services LLC
Agnes Varis
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


Barclays Capital
Liz Claiborne Inc.
Renaissance Realty Group, David Chemtob, Marc Chemtob
and Sam Kairy
Steve and Diane Parrish


Colgate-Palmolive Company
Elizabeth R.Cooke
Newmark Knight Frank
Cooley LLP
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Paul & Jennifer Germain
Monica Keany & Dan Zwirn
Stephanie Kugelman, Edward Vick and Dana Kugelman
Stephen & Carolyn McCandless
Allison and Neil Rubler
Vantage Properties, LLC
Time Warner, Inc.


Cortel Business Solutions Inc.
Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Mariska Hargitay
Suri Kasirer, Kasirer Consulting LLC
Joann & Todd Lang
L.J. & Mark Mallon
Marks Paneth & Shron LLP
Brooke McMurray & John Fowler
Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason,
Anello & Bohrer, P.C.
Marty Newman
Jane Orans
Gene & Jewell Pickens
Lauren Breitman Tanen & Ben Tanen
Thacher Associates, LLC
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