please join us as we honor

swami durga das


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Swami founded RIVER FUND nearly 30 years ago, on Thanksgiving, in response to the ravages of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. RIVER FUND’s guiding principle remains at the forefront of all we do: ‘the best part of who we are is in the caring for each other.’


6 PM | Cocktail Reception

7 PM | Dinner / Program 

9 PM | Dessert / Drinks / DJ

sponsorships & tickets

underwriter | $100,000

Logo and underwriter listing on invitation, virtual program, and website. Customized event recognition opportunities including acknowledgement in the Chairman of the Board’s remarks.


YOUR IMPACT: Your gift will support our COVID-19 Extreme Hardships Grant Program and provide much needed relief to the families we serve who are suffering the devastating hardship and emergencies caused by the pandemic. The effects will endure for many years to come!

includes table of 12

mentor | $50,000

Mentor listing on the invitation, virtual program, and website.

YOUR IMPACT: Your gift will directly impact the lives of our students and their families who face tremendous obstacles and challenges—with little to no resources. Our RIVER to SUCCESS-Mentoring Program matches students and adults together in an environment where they are embraced, supported, and guided both personally and professionally. This valued resource is a vital embrace for our youth and an essential extension of our Mary C. Tiedemann Scholarship Fund. The Mentor-Mentee relationship can change the trajectory of lives and truly break the cycle of poverty!

includes table of 10

anniversary | $30,000

Become a member of RIVER FUND HeartCorps—our corporate volunteer program! Join us on site at 89-11 Lefferts Boulevard, Queens, for a bespoke volunteer experience curated for your colleagues and employees. Anniversary listing on the virtual program and website.

YOUR IMPACT: Volunteers are the very core of RIVER FUND. For the past 20+ years, we operated solely at the hands of Volunteers. VOLUNTEERING has no boundaries and can take shape in many ways… through commitment of physical time, in-kind or monetary donations. Our RIVER FUND HeartCorps Program is an incredibly powerful poverty-embracing relationship between us, our corporate partners, and their employees. Making numerous initiatives possible!

includes table of 10 OR 2 tickets to the Gala and company volunteer day

advocate | $15,000

Advocate listing on the virtual program and website.

YOUR IMPACT: RIVER FUND remains a lifeline to senior New Yorkers who have no cushion and no safety net. Seniors in poverty will never have the opportunity to escape crushing material hardship, but RIVER FUND helps them cope and ensures they have food on their table and other essentials to ease their circumstances, including money for prescriptions. Our Homebound Independence Program, in particular, is a signicant part of RIVER FUND’s work—culturally and programmatically. It allows us to serve this struggling population that has no voice.

includes 8 tickets

leader | $5,000

Leader listing on virtual program and website.

YOUR IMPACT: Your gift will provide 100,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to our families in need during the upcoming winter, when high quality nutrition is most critical.

includes 1 ticket

champion | $2,500

Champion listing on the virtual program.

YOUR IMPACT: Your gift will support a baby’s first year—equipping Mom with the postnatal supplies she needs to receive her new baby, and providing diapers, food, baby care, a stroller and other vital necessities.

includes 1 ticket

friend | $1,500

Friend listing on the virtual program.

YOUR IMPACT: Your gift will land Thanksgiving Turkeys on the tables of 90 families whose children would otherwise be left out of the most quintessential of American holidays. As Kelly (now 12) told us at the age of nine: “Thanksgiving means nothing without the bird.”

includes 1 ticket