Monday, 02 July 2012 12:44
More than 330 people attended the 2012 Services for the UnderServed (SUS) gala last month. The event, which was held in The Allen Room and Atrium, Jazz at Lincoln Center, honored JWT New York with a Corporate Citizenship Award. James Beard Award-winning television personality, chef, and food writer Andrew Zimmern served as emcee.
SUS recognized JWT New York for building awareness of the work it is doing to meet the needs of individuals who are among New York City's must vulnerable citizens. Through the execution of groundbreaking ad campaigns, JWT brought SUS to the attention of New York City at-large. One of the campaigns, called "After the Parade," focused on building awareness of how SUS is serving the needs of military men and women coming home to New York City. JWT is also partnering with SUS to develop a Veterans' food franchise venture and is working with SUS to integrate the city's Veterans Services through a Veterans Resource Center and centralized web portal.
"With over 70 employees volunteering thousands of person-hours to work on campaigns and development initiatives, JWT has proven itself to be an example of how positive a difference one company can make," said Drew Train of JWT.
At the gala, SUS Board Member Andrew Hurwitz introduced the SUS Work Wheel which depicts the opportunities for work that SUS identifies as essential components of independence and inclusion. Emcee Andrew Zimmern then successfully invited gala guests to contribute to the launch of The SUS Employment Fund.
The evening ended with an after-party with entertainment by renowned musical group Ron Grant & Friends, currently the "live" entertainment at New York City's newest hotspot D'ARBY'S.