NEW YORK, NY – On Monday night, Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson was honored by the Covenant House, the largest charity in the Americas helping homeless and trafficked youth, with this year’s Beacon of Hope Award.
Brunson was presented with this prestigious award in recognition of his advocacy work lifting up the voices of young people overcoming homelessness at the annual gala on Monday, May 22 at the Javits Center Rooftop Pavilion and Terrace in New York City.
The Knicks star joins a list of prestigious winners of the Beacon of Hope award, including Diana Ross, Robin Roberts, Audra McDonald, Rachel Brosnahan, Brian Cashman, George and Olivia Harrison, Jon Bon Jovi, Herbie Hancock, Barbara and Laura Bush, Sara Bareilles, and Martina McBride.
“Jalen and his entire family have been amazing champions for Covenant House, providing gifts over the holidays, support throughout the year, and funds that we have used for job training and educational support for our young people,” said Covenant House President & CEO Bill Bedrossian.
“Millions of people know that Jalen is an inspiring leader and player on the court. At Covenant House, we are honored to witness how Jalen quietly supports the young people at Covenant House who every day are working so hard to overcome homelessness and pursue the great promise of their lives. Jalen is an inspiration to our young people, and I’m so proud to be able to present the Beacon of Hope Award to him on behalf of all the young people at Covenant House.”
Covenant House is the largest, primarily privately funded charity in the Americas helping young people facing homelessness and survivors of trafficking, providing 24/7 crisis care and ongoing support in 34 cities across six countries. In over 50 years of service, Covenant House has never closed its doors and its programs are designed to empower young people to rise and overcome adversity, today and in the future.
“Night of Covenant House Stars is a powerful evening where we bring together our biggest supporters and showcase why our work remains critical in cities around the globe,” said Bedrossian.
Also in attendance when Brunson was honored were Academy and Golden Globe Award winner and Covenant House International Board member Ariana DeBose; Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner and Covenant House International Board MemberAudra McDonald; Bestselling author, writer, producer and actor The Kid Mero, and many more, including a special musical performance by Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangas.
“The funds and awareness we will raise on May 22 will help Covenant House provide high-quality care to the thousands of youth who will come through our doors this year, and to advocate at every level of government and society for solutions to the root causes of youth homelessness,” said Bedrossian.
Brunson’s charity works can be found on his website, jalenbrunson.com, where his fans can donate to the communities, including the Covenant House, he supports.
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