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Stamford's Shelter For Homeless Gala Honors Co-Founder

From left, Robert Phillips, Board Member Peter Rugen, Board Member emerita Patricia Phillips and Lynn Long. Phillips will be honored at the gala for co-founding Pacific House shelter, and for her 30 years of dedicated service.
From left, Robert Phillips, Board Member Peter Rugen, Board Member emerita Patricia Phillips and Lynn Long. Phillips will be honored at the gala for co-founding Pacific House shelter, and for her 30 years of dedicated service. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Shelter for the Homeless, in celebration of its commitment to sheltering and improving the lives of our region’s homeless individuals, will hold its 15th annual Rays of Hope Gala, on Friday, May 6.

More than 400 of area residents, business principals and community leaders will attend an evening filled with inspiration and entertainment at the Italian Center of Stamford.

The gala begins at 6 p.m. Former Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine will serve as master of ceremonies. There will be dining, dancing, and competing for live and silent auction prizes.

Shelter for the Homeless co-founder Patricia Phillips will be honored for her commitment to the shelter for the past 30 years. Music will be performed by the band ETA.

Reservations begin at $250 per person. Go to www.shelterforhomeless.org to purchase tickets. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“This extraordinary gala provides the community with an entertaining evening that really makes a difference to those that are homeless,” said Rafael Pagan, Jr., executive director.

“Because the shelter serves the entire lower Fairfield County region, guests will come away feeling inspired, knowing that they’ve helped those who need it most in their own community.”

Event proceeds will directly benefit the Pacific House emergency men's homeless shelter. Located at 597 Pacific Street in Stamford, the shelter operates every day of the year, 24 hours per day, feeding and housing up to 100 or more men per night. In 2015, the shelter served more than 50,000 meals and provided 25,000 bed-nights.

The Italian Center of Stamford is at 1620 Newfield Ave.

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