About Our Event


Join us for our virtual fundraiser on World Health Day

Join EXPONENTS on World Health Day for an evening to remember as we celebrate exemplary leadership in our community alongside our partners, supporters and friends during our Heroes of Health: 3rd Annual Benefit. Our virtual fundraiser on World Health Day will bring attention to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and substance use disorder and its disparate effects on communities of color.

Proceeds will benefit vulnerable New Yorkers with histories of HIV/AIDS, substance use, incarceration, and behavioral health challenges. We have pioneered our client-centered service model for over three decades, and we now provide over 32,000 services to 2,700+ clients each year. With your help, we will continue to empower people to reclaim their lives.






Kai Wright is an award-winning journalist whose body of work focuses on social, racial, and economic justice. He is the host and managing editor of WNYC’s The United States of Anxiety and has hosted other podcasts such as The Stakes, There Goes the Neighborhood, and Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice. He has served as an editor at The Nation and the editorial director of Colorlines. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, and Salon, among other outlets, and his broadcast appearances include MSNBC and NPR.



Saeeda Lesley Dunston is the Executive Director at Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc. She is a anti-racist organizer who has devoted her career to ensuring that communities, and most specifically communities and people of color, are provided with the tools to live productive, healthy and aspirational lives. She is recognized among her peers and human service providers throughout New York State for her comprehensive expertise in developing and implementing culturally-competent programs and services.



EXPONENTS is honored to present a member of our community with the Peer Leadership Award for their exemplary service as one of our client peers on this memorable occasion.

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