STAMFORD, Conn. – Karen Sheftell, an agent from William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty’s Stamford brokerage, presented the Jason Sheftell Memorial Award in memory of her son at a special gala dinner and auction benefit held recently for the Bailey House in New York City.
The nonprofit organization aims to transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses through housing, health services and community support. The award was created three years ago in honor of Jason, a former Daily News real estate editor who was greatly involved with the Bailey House and its cause.
For over 32 years, the Bailey House has served homeless people with HIV/AIDS in New York City, opening the nation’s first congregate residence. Today, the Bailey House serves more than 1,900 men, women and children throughout the city, addressing homelessness, poverty, hunger, substance abuse, mental illness and other critical issues in society.
The Bailey House annual gala and auction at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in New York City is a major fundraising event for the organization, and has raised a total of more than $15 million since its inaugural event in 1988. The event began with an intimate gala dinner, during which time Sheftell presented the Jason Sheftell Memorial Award, which is given to professionals who are involved in the affordable housing movement and other community efforts for low-income New Yorkers.
“Presenting this award in front of hundreds of people is truly bittersweet,” said Sheftell. “This is my third year attending the event, and every time I go back I am honored, humbled and amazed by the incredible work of this organization, and its efforts to better the lives of others through real estate—a passion Jason and I both shared. I am immensely grateful to have an award named after my son, remembering his dedication to the Bailey House. Honoring this year’s recipients for their support and activism is a wonderful way to memorialize Jason’s life.”
All proceeds from the gala dinner and auction event go directly to providing housing and supportive services for Bailey House clients.