NFL Player William Gay Honored At Safe Horizon's Annual Gala Awards Dinner, Marking Victims' Service Organization's 35th Anniversary

Posted on: Monday, May 6, 2013

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NFL Player William Gay Honored At Safe Horizon's Annual Gala Awards Dinner, Marking Victims' Service Organization's 35th Anniversary

Passage of Child Victim Act Underscored by Child Abuse Survivor Amy Granberg

May 6, 2013 (New York, NY) – Safe Horizon, the largest victim service provider in New York City and the country, is hosting its 18th Annual Champion Awards Dinner to commemorate 35 years of the organization’s commitment to moving victims from crisis to confidence. The event will honor Pittsburgh Steelers Cornerback William Gay. Other honorees include corporate philanthropists Paul Germain, from Credit Suisse and Michael C. Slocum, from Capital One Bank, and featured speakers including Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon, and Amy Granberg, a survivor of child sexual abuse.

Over thirty-five years ago, Safe Horizon started with a vision to heal the wounds of violence and prevent victimization. Since then, the organization has helped millions of individuals and families affected by crime and abuse. “Today we have better practices, stronger advocacy and more supporters than at any other point in history. We also have more clients who are vulnerable and need our help to come forward, to heal, and to receive justice,” said Ms. Zwang. “Our Champion event and our generous donors are critical to keep our 57 locations and programs across New York viable and accessible to children, adults and elders who need our help now more than ever.”

Safe Horizon’s 18th Annual Champion Awards Dinner will honor professional football player William Gay. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cornerback experienced domestic violence in his own home as a child, which has led him to actively support domestic violence prevention efforts, including work with the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. He speaks nationally about his experience to help raise awareness.

“While I’m moved to be honored, the honor goes to Safe Horizon for the work they do to help children and others who’ve experienced abuse. I support this cause not only because I’ve suffered abuse at an age when a person is most defenseless, but because I deeply believe that together we can ensure that domestic violence and abuse no longer remains a family secret and that victims receive all the support they need.”

Along with Mr. Gay, the organization is honoring Board members Paul Germain, from Credit Suisse and Michael C. Slocum, from Capital One Bank, for their unconditional support of Safe Horizon and its mission throughout the years.

Under Mr. Slocum’s leadership, Capital One Bank is not only the largest corporate sponsor of Safe Horizon, but also a model for employee engagement and volunteerism. In 2012 alone, Capital One helped survivors of domestic violence find safe and affordable homes through its sponsorship of Safe Horizon’s housing specialists. The company also helped New Yorkers who were displaced by Hurricane Sandy seek life-saving services, and helped brighten the lives of women and children at Safe Horizon’s domestic violence shelters.

Credit Suisse has been a Safe Horizon corporate partner for over 10 years. In addition to supporting Safe Horizon through the Champion Awards Dinner, every year Mr. Germain and Credit Suisse host a fall festival to benefit the children and families who receive Safe Horizon services in Brooklyn. Credit Suisse also takes part in a number of volunteer projects throughout the year including the creation of hospitality kits for Safe Horizon’s domestic violence shelters and holiday parties at Safe Horizon’s community programs.

Child abuse survivor Amy Granberg will be one of the keynote speakers of the evening. After surviving unthinkable childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father and brother, Mrs. Granberg is able to speak out as an adult thanks, in part, to the psychological and emotional support she found at Safe Horizon. Her story will shed light on the urgency surrounding the passage of the Child Victims Act. Up for vote in June, this Act will help her and other victims over 23 years of age, bring their abusers to justice.

Safe Horizon’s 18th Annual Champion Awards Dinner will take place on May 9th from 6-9 pm at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. Find out more information on how to attend the dinner and support Safe Horizon here.

About Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon is the largest victims’ services agencies in the United States, with more than 50 locations touching the lives of 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Since 1978, Safe Horizon has provided victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims, with a wide range of comprehensive support.  They partner with governmental and other community agencies to offer additional assistance, including finding resources for those living outside New York City.

For more information on Safe Horizon and its services, please visit

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