Events

From community events and advocacy rallies, to galas honoring justice reform champions, The Fortune Society holds a number of events that help us advance our mission.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Changing Stability: Re-Envisioning Housing
    Changing Stability: Re-Envisioning Housing
    November 19, 2018

    Everyone deserves access to affordable, safe, and suitable housing that fosters healing and growth. Housing instability as a result of incarceration uniquely impacts people living with HIV and AIDS. Changing Sta...

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  • Namedropping
    Namedropping
    November 11, 2018

    David Rothenberg reminisces about his long career as theatrical publicist and producer, offering stories of his work with theatrical and film legends like Bette Davis, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alvin Ailey, a...

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  • The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon
    The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon
    November 04, 2018

    Join The Fortune Society marathon team – The Fortune Flyers – and run to help individuals with justice involvement thrive after incarceration. Guarantee your spot in this premier race and support our mission. ...

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  • Hope & Justice: The Fortune Society’s Annual Gala
    Hope & Justice: The Fortune Society’s Annual Gala
    October 29, 2018

      In recognition of their exceptional achievements, it is our great privilege to honor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University Professor, Author, and Emmy-winning Filmmaker; Tracy Morgan, Comedian and Star...

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  • OPEN DOORS Reality Poets – An Afternoon of Storytelling, Realness and Resilience
    OPEN DOORS Reality Poets – An Afternoon of Storytelling, Realness and Resilience
    October 24, 2018

    Through poetry, hip-hop and more, OPEN DOORS Reality Poets educate about the causes and rarely considered consequences of street violence, and inspire action for safer, more just communities. This event is free and op...

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PAST EVENTS

  • The Castle Play
    The Castle Play
    September 30, 2018

    In this play, directed by The Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg and starring members of the Fortune community, four New Yorkers who were formerly incarcerated relate their journeys of privation and redemption. ...

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  • Poetry Slam
    Poetry Slam
    September 20, 2018

    Proudly presented by The Fortune Society’s Creative Arts Program & the ATI Leadership Team, this exciting event will feature poets from The Fortune Society and sister organizations from across the city. Cash pr...

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  • Meet Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
    Meet Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
    August 27, 2018

    Sean Patrick Maloney, U.S. Representative for New York’s 18th congressional district and candidate for New York Attorney General, will visit The Fortune Society....

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  • Victor Rojas Family Day Block Party
    Victor Rojas Family Day Block Party
    August 24, 2018

    Celebrate health, family, and community at an exciting block party hosted by our Family Services team. Enjoy fun and games, prizes, and more. RSVP below: window.bboxInit = function () { bbox.showF...

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  • From Prisons to College Degrees: A Conversation on Incarceration and the Importance of Higher Education
    From Prisons to College Degrees: A Conversation on Incarceration and the Importance of Higher Education
    August 22, 2018

    In this informative event, Ronald Day led a discussion on the importance of higher education and the challenges and triumphs faced by individuals with justice histories in pursuing advanced degrees with Brittany Smith, J...

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  • Meet Leecia Eve
    Meet Leecia Eve
    August 22, 2018

    Leecia Eve, candidate for New York State Attorney General, will visit The Fortune Society.  ...

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  • Birthday Dinner With David Rothenberg
    Birthday Dinner With David Rothenberg
    August 21, 2018

    Join David Rothenberg, our Founder, and the Fortune community as we celebrate his 85th birthday at a benefit dinner for The Fortune Society. A seated dinner with guest appearances from David Rothenberg’s radio show, An...

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  • Birthday Dinner With David Rothenberg – SOLD OUT
    Birthday Dinner With David Rothenberg – SOLD OUT
    August 20, 2018

    Join David Rothenberg, our Founder, and the Fortune community as we celebrate his 85th birthday at a benefit dinner for The Fortune Society. A seated dinner with guest appearances from David Rothenberg’s radio show, An...

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  • Meet Cynthia Nixon
    Meet Cynthia Nixon
    August 08, 2018

      Cynthia Nixon, candidate for Governor of New York, will visit The Fortune Society....

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  • Meet Zephyr Teachout
    Meet Zephyr Teachout
    August 07, 2018

    Zephyr Teachout, candidate for New York State Attorney General, will visit The Fortune Society....

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  • Meet Letitia James
    Meet Letitia James
    August 02, 2018

    Meet Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York and candidate for New York State Attorney General, at The Fortune Society....

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  • Rikers: An American Jail – Film Screening and Discussion
    Rikers: An American Jail – Film Screening and Discussion
    July 18, 2018

    Rikers: An American Jail, a riveting documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with individuals who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the ...

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  • Knife Skills – Film Screening and Discussion
    Knife Skills – Film Screening and Discussion
    June 27, 2018

    Knife Skills, an Oscar-nominated documentary, focuses on the launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. The high-class French restaurant is staffed almost entirely by men and women just out of prison. Most have ...

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  • African American Museum
    African American Museum
    June 15, 2018

    Our Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) education program participants have launched an exhibit that showcases the rich history and contributions of African Americans on U.S. history. Our students collaborated to re...

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  • One Day to Protect New Yorkers
    One Day to Protect New Yorkers
    May 22, 2018

    The One Day to Protect New Yorkers campaign supports a bill (A.4881/S.4294) that would amend NY law to reduce the maximum sentence on class A misdemeanor offenses by one day....

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  • Richard Hoehler: A Live Memoir
    Richard Hoehler: A Live Memoir
    April 15, 2018

    Watch the award-winning playwright and actor Richard Hoehler perform his newest work, "E." The live memoir explores the remarkable relationship between Hoehler and his longtime mentor and friend Edith (E.) Speziali thr...

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  • Creative Arts Festival 2018
    Creative Arts Festival 2018
    March 21, 2018

    Join us for the fifth annual month-long celebration of the imagination and creativity of our participants and partners. Events will be held at The Fortune Society's main service center in Long Island City, as well as...

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  • African American Museum
    African American Museum
    March 07, 2018

    In honor of Black History Month, our Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) education program participants have launched an exhibit that showcases the rich history and contributions of African Americans on U.S. history....

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  • Meet Barbara Allan, Author of “Doing Our Time on the Inside”
    Meet Barbara Allan, Author of “Doing Our Time on the Inside”
    March 04, 2018

    Join us for a celebration of Barbara Allan’s new memoir, “Doing Our Time on the Outside.” Ms. Allan, founder of Prison Families Anonymous, will tell her story and sign copies of her book. #mc_embed_sig...

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  • Film & Discussion – Rikers: An American Jail
    Film & Discussion – Rikers: An American Jail
    February 18, 2018

    RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe th...

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  • Fortune in My Eyes
    Fortune in My Eyes
    February 18, 2018

    In this free event at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, David Rothenberg will speak about the theatre as an agent for social change and how the play he produced ("Fortune and Men's Eyes") led to the creation of t...

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  • Humanizing the Issue: Criminal Justice Reform
    Humanizing the Issue: Criminal Justice Reform
    February 17, 2018

    In this interactive panel discussion, people directly impacted by the criminal justice system share their diverse experiences as testimonials for why criminal justice reform is desperately needed. Touching upon issues s...

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  • Words Matter: How to Help Social Causes by  Using Humanizing Language
    Words Matter: How to Help Social Causes by Using Humanizing Language
    February 02, 2018

    This free workshop will feature an interactive presentation facilitated by Khalil A. Cumberbatch, AVP of Policy at The Fortune Society, followed by an engaging roundtable discussion providing opportunities for collective...

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  • Social Justice Champions Debate
    Social Justice Champions Debate
    December 19, 2017

    In this engaging evening of persuasive expression, members of The Fortune Society’s Debate Club teamed up with Social Justice Professionals to examine the critical issue of whether or not NY State should continue utili...

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  • Social Justice and Health Equity: Care for People at the Intersections
    Social Justice and Health Equity: Care for People at the Intersections
    December 04, 2017

    Everyone deserves access to competent, comprehensive, and compassionate healthcare that addresses healing from a holistic perspective. The trauma of incarceration uniquely impacts people living with HIV and AIDS, expl...

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  • Exposing Injustice: A Presentation by Malcolm Bell
    Exposing Injustice: A Presentation by Malcolm Bell
    November 16, 2017

    Come visit The Fortune Society as Malcolm Bell addresses Fortune clients and staff, sharing his experience exposing the injustice and inhumanity committed by law officers during the Attica prison rebellion. Malcolm Be...

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  • TBS PRESENTS: A TOAST TO THE O.G.’S OF COMEDY
    TBS PRESENTS: A TOAST TO THE O.G.’S OF COMEDY
    November 09, 2017

    A celebration of comedy toasting trailblazing stand-ups Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer from the upcoming TBS comedy "The Last O.G." Audiences will be treated to an unfiltered night of hilarious stand-up featu...

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  • The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon
    The 2017 TCS New York City Marathon
    November 05, 2017

    Join us in celebrating our 50th anniversary and run to help transform lives of formerly incarcerated people The Fortune Society is proud to participate in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon. Guarantee your spot in t...

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  • The Fortune Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala
    The Fortune Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala
    October 30, 2017

    Online ticket sales have closed for our 50th Anniversary Gala on Monday, October 30th at Tribeca 360°.  If you would like to purchase tickets, please call The Fortune Society’s Benefit Office at 347.545.1981. ...

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  • 50th Anniversary Spring Benefit
    50th Anniversary Spring Benefit
    April 17, 2017

    We’re pleased to invite you to The Fortune Society’s 50th Anniversary Spring Benefit to be held Monday, April 17, 2017 at City Winery at 155 Varick Street NYC. Featuring a performance of The Castle play, dir...

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  • Fortune Flyers 2016
    Fortune Flyers 2016
    November 06, 2016

    Watch our team of runners, The Fortune Flyers, at the TCS New York City Marathon as they further our mission to support formerly incarcerated people’s successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarcer...

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  • Excluded: A Dialogue on Safe, Supportive, and Affordable Housing for People With Justice System Involvement
    Excluded: A Dialogue on Safe, Supportive, and Affordable Housing for People With Justice System Involvement
    October 27, 2016

    Everyone deserves a safe, stable place to live that supports access to opportunity. For people with justice system involvement, the doors to housing are often closed at every turn. Discrimination, scarcity, affordability...

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  • The Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit
    The Fortune Society Annual Fall Benefit
    October 18, 2016

    We’re pleased to invite you to The Fortune Society’s Annual Fall Benefit to be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Three Sixty° at 10 Desbrosses Street in Tribeca, New York. 6pm Cocktails | 7pm Dinner & Program....

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  • Art Series 2016
    Art Series 2016
    May 17, 2016

    Our Third Annual Art Series will showcase the musical talents of our clients, staff, and special guests, made possible through our Creative Arts program. It will also explore the important role of culture and the arts in...

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