The Doe Fund Gala

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The Doe Fund Gala

Thursday, October 27th, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cipriani 42nd Street

The Doe Fund will hold its annual fundraising Gala on Thursday, October 27, 6-9pm at Cipriani 42nd Street.

This year’s event will honor Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, who will speak during the evening’s ceremonies.

The Doe Fund Gala will also celebrate the upcoming conversion of its Bushwick, Brooklyn facility into the nation’s largest residential reentry program for men released from incarceration.

A highlight of each year’s Gala is speeches by “Men in Blue” who have graduated from The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able transitional work program. This year’s two speakers will reflect on their incredible journeys from incarceration to returning to their families, their communities, and the workforce.

Guests will enjoy dessert prepared in conjunction with The Doe Fund’s Head Baker, Pete Bessent. After his release from incarceration, Mr. Bessent perfected his culinary skills while participating in the Ready, Willing & Able program. He now heads The Doe Fund’s bakery which provides delicious baked goods for local farmers’ markets, catered events, and The Doe Fund’s residential facilities.

For more information please contact Alanna O’Donnell, Media Affairs Manager, at or 646-672-4283.


Founded in 1985 by homeless advocate George T. McDonald, The Doe Fund provides life-transforming services, supportive and transitional housing, and economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated and homeless men.

Through its pioneering work in social enterprise, including the acclaimed Ready, Willing & Able program, The Doe Fund reduces recidivism, improves the quality of life in city neighborhoods, and fosters permanent economic independence among its clients.

Known throughout the city by their distinctive blue uniforms, The “men in blue” of The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program clean more than 170 miles of New York City streets and sidewalks as part of a year-long program of recovery, personal and professional development, and economic advancement.

The Doe Fund Gala

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