Featured Event

BE A FPost card 6RIEND Walkathon 2016

September 25, 2016

Hudson River Park

 Join friends, family members and colleagues as you take in some fresh air and walk, run or stroll along beautiful Hudson River Park in support of Samaritans 24-hour Suicide Prevention Center at our 4th Annual BE A FRIEND 5K Walkathon, Sunday, September 25.

 The Walkathon has proven to be an enjoyable gathering of like-minded people who come together as a caring community to promote the value of healing, helping and human kindness. And we hope you will make this year’s event even better. For more info on how to get involved Click here

Book cover No Time to Say Goodbye

Carla Fine on Surviving Suicide Loss

June 23, 2016
NYC Seminar & Conference Center
23rd Street (bet 5th and 6th Avenues), Manhattan

Samaritans is pleased to host our good friend, Carla Fine, author of “No Time to Say Goodbye,” in an evening of readings and conversation about surviving suicide loss.  Providing insight, warmth and humor, Carla reflects on her own deeply personal experience of the loss of her husband and the stories she has heard from other loss survivors.  For suicide survivors, their families and friends, colleagues, caregivers and health providers. Readings, group conversation and Q & A.  Light refreshments will be served.  Attendance is free, but you must pre-register.
Click here  http://bit.ly/24x0gVC



Midtown Mardi Gras Benefit for Samaritans

April 12, 2016
Inside Park at St. Bart’s

Join Samaritans Board President, Wes Puryear, Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase, and our friends and supporters for a special evening benefiting NYC’s Suicide Prevention Center and 24-hour Hotline at the festive Inside Park at St. Bart’s.  The Mardi Gras themed celebration includes: New Orleans Cocktails, Open Bar (6-8 pm), Hors D’ouevres, The Big Mamou Band, Stilt Walkers, Magicians and a Silent Auction featuring New York Nightlife, professional consultations, recreational experiences, vacations, art work and entertainment.

To purchase tickets and make donations, click here.



FreedomtolivePOSTCARD-02 (1)_front_2016Freedom To Live Gala III

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Rob, Lisa and the Sprague Family invite you to the Freedom to Live Gala III, dedicated to the spirit and vibrant memory of Jordan Sprague whose star was rising at 19, but suicide prevented him from experiencing all of his tomorrows. The gala will support efforts to help people in distress during their difficult times.

The gala will take place from 7:30pm-11:30pm on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Princeton Elks in Skillman, New Jersey.

To buy tickets and make donations click here




Previous Events

samaritans-walkathon-2015BE A FRIEND Walkathon 2015

September 19, 2015

Hudson River Park

Join friends, family members and colleagues as you walk, run or stroll along beautiful Hudson River Park in support of Samaritans 24-hour Suicide Prevention Center at our 2nd Annual BE A FRIEND 5K Walkathon, Saturday, September 19.

Last year’s walk was an enjoyable, light-hearted gathering of like-minded souls who came together as a caring community to promote the value of healing, helping and human kindness. And we hope you will make this year’s event even better.



erno-laszlo“Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep…”

September 26, 2013

Erno Laszlo Institute, Soho

Samaritans was honored to partner with the Erno Lazlo Institute at their glamorous Soho spa to bring attention to our crisis response work and Suicide Prevention Month in NYC.

The evening gave people the opportunity to support a worthwhile cause and, at the same time, pamper themselves, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while taking advantage of the Institute’s renown skin care and makeup consultations (free samples were included with each session).

sprague-gala-2013Sprague Memorial Gala

June 15, 2013

Skillman, New Jersey

The Sprague family’s second annual Freedom to Live Gala, celebrating the life of their son, Jordan Sprague and benefiting the crisis response, suicide prevention, education and community awareness work of the Samaritans.

Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and live music by the band LOVE in a lovely outdoor setting with friends and family celebrating a special person and all of the people that he touched.

big-easyThe Big Easy

February 12, 2013

St. Bart’s on the Park, Midtown

The landmark St. Bart’s on the Park was the site of a Mardi Gras celebration for Samaritans Big Easy benefit hosted by Board Vice President, Wes Puryear, an Executive Director at JP Morgan in support of our suicide prevention programs.

With significant participation by JP Morgan staff as well as many of Samaritans long-standing friends and colleagues, close to 250 guests were entertained by the jazz band Talisman and engaged in bidding on the art work, special events and other items for sale at a silent auction while enjoying New Orleans-inspired cocktails and food.

cantor-2012Cantor Fitzgerald’s 9/11 Charity Day

September 11, 2012

with Celebrity Guest Ambassador Bill Withers

Every year Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial services organization that lost hundreds of employees on September 11 commemorates those they lost by reaching out to help others. Charity Day was originally conceived to raise money for the Cantor Relief Fund to assist the families of Cantor employees who they lost but now reaches out to help and honor charitable organizations that do important work. This year, Samaritans of New York was honored to be invited to participate in this remarkable event.

911-memorial“Color & Hope” 9/11 Memorial Event

June 11, 2012

with Celebrity Host Steve Buscemi

at the W Hotel and 9/11 Memorial

The Samaritans of New York and the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum were the recipients The Johnny and Mikey Katsimatides Foundation for Life’s (JAM for Life) 10th Annual Fundraiser “Color & Hope” held at the W Hotel Downtown and 9/11 Memorial last June. We were honored to have Steve Buscemi as our Celebrity Guest Host and every guest received an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Memorial. The JAM for Life family foundation honored Samaritans and the Memorial in memory of their two brothers, one who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald and died on 9/11 and the other who died from suicide. We are pleased that so many of our long-time friends could join us at this memorable evening.

“Get On Board with The Samaritans” NYC Sunset Harbor Cruise

May 12, 2012

with Musical Guest Hollis Brown

The Star Of Palm Beach

Close to 200 people set sail on a beautiful Spring evening around lower Manhattan to enjoy the views, a great rock band and to show their support for the work of Samaritans. The evening included a musical performance by rock and blues band Hollis Brown, a DJ set and silent auction that included donations from the New York Jets and Giants, The Daily Show, David Letterman and a guitar autographed by Slash of Guns N’ Roses.

messages-of-hope“Messages of HOPE” Gallery Exhibition and Benefit Reception

February 10-17, 2012

The School of Visual Arts

with Musical Guest PUBLIQuartet

“Messages of HOPE” February 10-17, 2012, Westside Project Space, was an art exhibit promoting the resilience of the human spirit, sponsored by the School of Visual Arts to benefit Samaritans crisis response programs. A dazzling array of colors, shapes and forms covered the gallery walls, with over 100 creative images of hope and healing and helping each other lining the walls in mediums including oils, watercolors, charcoal, silk-screens and photography. The sale of the original, postcard-sized pieces by artists known and yet-to-be discovered throughout the community benefited the work of Samaritans.

PUBLIQuartet, a creative and interactive string quartet, provided a beautiful backdrop to the evening’s festivities. With musicians hailing from Juilliard, Mannes College of Music and Eastman School of Music, the quartet presented music from the classical repertoire as well as original contemporary compositions.

To learn more about PUBLIQuartet, click here.

dos-caminos“A Toast to Samaritans” Benefit and Silent Auction

November 7, 2011

Dos Caminos, Flatiron District

An intimate benefit attended by many of Samaritans closest friends and supporters, A Toast to Samaritans has become most popular for its Dos Caminos setting, unlimited margaritas and silent auction of art, collectibles and events ranging from chartered boat cruises, private photo sessions and tickets to Jon Stewart and David Letterman to dinner at luxury restaurants to bottle service at Tenjune. A great time was had by all!

brooklyn-bowl-benefitA Brooklyn Bowl Benefit

September 26, 2011

Live performances by: Lee Fields and the Expressions, Corey Glover, Danielia Cotton and The Smyrk

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The music was the star and Samaritans the lucky recipient of an exciting evening of funk, rock, rhythm & blues put together to benefit our cause by the creative team of one of NYC’s most exciting venues Brooklyn Bowl (which donated the evening’s entire receipts to Samaritans).

Lee Fields, an artist renowned throughout the music community, poured out his grunts and screams knocking out a legacy of funk and soul hits as the evening headliner. Living Colour lead singer Corey Glover and other talented artists had people dancing the night away. Special thanks go to Dana Bartle of Brooklyn Bowl, Peter Costello, Adam Geringer-Dunn and Jeff Silverman, of Truth & Soul Records, and all the artists for making this an evening to remember.

cantor-2011Cantor Fitzgerald’s 9/11 Charity Day

September 12, 2011

with Celebrity Guest Ambassador Bill Withers

Cantor Fitzgerald, the global financial services organization that lost hundreds of employees on September 11, commemorates those they lost by reaching out each year to help others. Charity Day was originally conceived to raise money to assist the families of those employees that were lost but now also supports charitable organizations that do important work.

Samaritans was honored to be invited to take part in this remarkable event with rhythm & blues icon, Bill Withers (Lean On Me) representing us as our Celebrity Ambassador.

thank-you-bill-withers‘Thank You, Bill’ Reception

September 12, 2011

Chelsea, Manhattan

A special evening honoring singer / songwriter Bill Withers, the renowned R&B singer and Grammy Award winner, for his dedication and ongoing support of Samaritans cause. Many Samaritans friends and supporters gathered to thank him for contributing his considerable talents and goodwill to the cause of suicide prevention and the work of Samaritans over the past decade.

Bill Withers’ generous support has included the creation of print and video public service announcements for Samaritans 24-hour hotline utilizing his famed song “Lean On Me” developed by the DeVito Group, directed by Ed Bianchi (Oz, Deadwood, Men of a Certain Age fame) and produced by Three Trees Production’s Nick DiMinno with special corporate funding from Johnson & Johnson.

TREATS TRUCK “Charity of the Month”

January 2011

New York City

Samaritans was selected by the good people at TREATS TRUCK to be their designated charity of the month! The truck, which travels around all five boroughs of NYC selling delicious freshly baked goods, donated a portion of all sales in December and January to support Samaritans suicide prevention, public education and emotional support services. We thank Kim Ima and the TREATS TRUCK team for their generosity and support!