GALA RECAP | Videographer: Samuel Shoemaker

Truly An Amazing Evening!

We cannot express our gratitude enough for your presence and support at this year’s gala. Your generosity has made our event truly a night to remember while continuing to help our agency in its mission to provide health, treatment, and recovery services to those in need.

We are constantly amazed by the kindness and compassion of our community of supporters and we are proud to have you as part of our team in this fight against addiction.

We hope you had a wonderful time and look forward to our continued partnership throughout the year.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Samantha, Joe, & Regina


Roy Kearse, Exponents Board Vice Chair

Michael Robinson, Exponents Board Member


Gary Axelbank is the host and senior producer of BronxTalk, the borough’s flagship talk show on BronxNet cable television. Since the program’s debut in October 1994, Gary has hosted more than 1,200 weekly editions of BronxTalk, including 72 political debates, more than 100 programs on education, and dozens of programs on crime and policing, youth, parks, healthcare, arts and culture, community issues, and more.


Joe Presley is an esteemed Exponents’ Board Member and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hetrick-Martin Institute. The nation’s oldest organization dedicated to serving LGBTQIA+ youth. For three decades, he has worked closely with the HIV/AIDS, African American and LGBTQ+ communities to bring together positive social and economic changes to New York’s oppressed and disenfranchised. We are exceedingly proud to present Mr. Pressley with our Innovative Leadership Award.

Joseph Moinian is known for his superb investment, development and management strategies, forging new neighborhoods and spearheading the transformation and enhancement of property values and environments. As a New York City-based developer, investor and long term owner of prime real estate nationwide. Mr. Moinian is recognized for pioneering the development of emerging neighborhoods in major metropolitan cities throughout the United States.

Founded by Mr. Moinian in 1982, The Moinian Group today boasts one of the largest private portfolios of property-and is among the few national real estate entities to develop, own and operate properties across every asset category, including office, residential, retail, and hospitality. Exponents’ is honored to present the Moinian Group with our Corporate Partner of the Year Award.

Sheldon I. DeSouza is the Vice President of Better World Advertising, a boutique ad agency specializing in social marketing campaigns. In this capacity, he has created and led some of the largest and most impactful media campaigns in the country; intended to bring awareness and educate marginalized communities about HIV and Prep. His award winning campaigns include: HIV Stops With Me, Testing Makes Us Stronger, Swallow This, I CAn’t Transmit HIV to Anyone, Love Your Brotha, When You’re Getting Some, I Take Prep-among others. Exponents’ is honored to recognize Mr. DeSouza with our Innovative Leadership Award.

EXPONENTS’ Annual Gala celebrates exemplary leadership in our community alongside our partners, supporters and friends.

All 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 2,400+ clients each year. With your help, we will continue to empower people to reclaim their lives.


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