VIP’s 45th Anniversary Gala will be an evening to remember! Join us on October 16 at 6:00pm at Marina Del Rey for cocktails, dinner, and conversation. At this year’s gala, we are thrilled to recognize these leaders for their commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers:


Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, FACP


Dr. Dave Chokshi is the Chief Population Health Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals (H + H), the largest public health care system in the U.S., as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the H + H Accountable Care Organization. As a result of their outstanding work in health system improvement and innovative care models, his team was recognized with the 2017 Gage Award for Quality by America’s Essential Hospitals.

Dr. Chokshi also practices primary care at Bellevue Hospital, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

Steven Newman


Steven Newman is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Health Solutions. He joined the organization after a distinguished career in government, serving as the First Deputy Comptroller of New York City, representing the Comptroller on the City Audit Committee, and serving as the Chief Management and Financial Officer for the New York Association for New Americans.

Newman holds an M.B.A. and a Masters in Engineering from New York University, and has taught at Long Island University and NYU.


Priyank Patel, PharmD


Dr. Priyank Patel is the owner of Felicity Pharmacy in the Bronx, whose commitment to serving the Bronx community and his patients is reflected in the professional, monetary, and personal investments he makes every day.

Prior to becoming a business owner, Dr. Patel worked for three years as a supervising pharmacist at CVS in North Bergen, New Jersey. Dr. Patel received his Doctorate in Pharmacy and his MBA in pharmaceutical business from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.


Senator Gustavo Rivera (NY Senate District 33)


Senator Gustavo Rivera has represented the 33rd Senate District in the Bronx, including East Tremont and Crotona Park, since November of 2010. He serves as Chair of the New York State Senate’s Health Committee, and in March 2017, became the main sponsor of the “New York Health Act,” an innovative bill to create a single payer health system in New York State.

Prior to becoming an elected representative, Senator Rivera worked as a community organizer for several local and state candidates and has also served as an adjunct professor at Pace University and Hunter College, where he has taught courses in political science.

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To learn about sponsorship opportunities or more information about the event, please click on the above link or contact Terence Boyd, Development Director, at or at 718-583-5150 x8847.

Marina Del Rey is located at 1 Marina Dr., Bronx, NY 10465. Upon arrival, parking attendants will assist you with the convenience of free valet parking. For more information, click here:




We’re grateful for the support of our Host and Development Committee members! Thank you for making this celebration possible:

Host Committee

  • Scott Fein – Chair
  • Salvatore Gogliormella, Esq. – Member
  • Priyank Patel, PharmD – Member
  • Melinda Rincon – Member
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Development Committee

  • Salvatore Gogliormella, Esq. – Committee Chair
  • Amanda Heron Parsons, MD, MBA, Chair, Board of Directors
  • Charles L. Burgess – Member
  • Yves Filius – Member
  • Sara Schacter-Erenburg, M.S.Ed, CRC – Member
  • Janine Van Staden, CPA – Member

VIP Continues to Make an Impact

  • Served over 5,000 clients who struggled with addiction, mental health, medical issues, and homelessness in 2018
  • Opened an Access Center, providing 24-hour entry to care for substance abuse
  • Launched new ophthalmology and pediatrics services
  • Moving in summer 2019 to new headquarters and healthcare facility to better serve the community and our clients
  • Partnering with NYPD’s Bronx HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education)