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Covenant House Nationwide Sleep Out Rallies Business Leaders, Sports Stars and Celebrities in Support of Homeless Youth

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

Covenant House Nationwide Sleep Out Rallies Business Leaders, Sports Stars and Celebrities in Support of Homeless Youth

NEW YORK, NY -- On the night of November 15, 2012, over 500 leaders in business, government, media and sports will sleep out on the streets of 12 cities in North America in solidarity with homeless kids. This nationwide Sleep Out will raise awareness for the plight of kids on the street and raise $2.5 million to support homeless and runaway youth helped by Covenant House.

“These leaders will sleep on concrete outside Covenant House shelters across America, in Canada, and Latin America,”said Kevin Ryan, President of Covenant House.  “Together we will become a unified voice for the thousands of homeless kids and trafficking kids with no voice of their own, kids being abused and beaten and forgotten.  With the money and awareness raised, this Sleep Out will save lives.”

Participants include Geraldine Laybourne, co-founder with Oprah of Oxygen Media and chair of Alloy Entertainment;  Paul Hanneman, co-president of 20th Century Fox International; Brian Cashman, General Manager of the New York Yankees; Brian Burke, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Zelnickmedia; Mark Hennessy, General Manager, IBM, and Barbara Bush, former first daughter; with new sleepers signing on every day. 

The nationwide Sleep Out in New York will be launched with the 22nd Anniversary Candlelight Vigil in Times Square. The vigil begins at 6 p.m. at the 45/46 Street and Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, and will feature award-winning Broadway performers Stephanie Block, Rita Harvey, and Neil Berg. “We’re going to transform Times Square into a center of hope and solidarity for homeless youth,”said Ryan. “We will march with our kids from the crisis shelter to Times Square, and our kids will share their stories of hope and inspiration. Combined with the Sleep Out, this will be a night that will transform the lives of thousands of homeless youth across North America.”The CEO Sleep Out in NYC will begin at 7 pm, outside the Covenant House facility at 460 West 41st Street.

“We are grateful for our friends at Toshiba and ABC/Disney for donating their screens for the evening in Times Square to shine a light on the problems our kids face,”said Ryan.  “Right now we are caring for over 1,000 homeless kids in cities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  It is all of us working together that will give a voice to the thousands of homeless kids who are alone on the streets.”

If you cannot attend in person, you can watch the Vigil LIVE beginning at 6:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 15th by logging onto www.covenanthouse.org.

Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for homeless young people in need of a safe haven.  For more information about the nationwide Sleep Out go to www.ceosleep.org

 

 

Contact: Tom Manning, Covenant House

Office: (212) 727-4920 

Cell: (845) 365-0676 

Email: tmanning@covenanthouse.org