This Thursday, November 21, I am excited to say I will be bringing a whole new meaning to the term “riches to rags.” It will prove to be a very interesting evening as I will be starting the night in a tuxedo and ending it sleeping in a cardboard box. Yes, a cardboard box. No, friends, it’s not the classic cautionary tale of the fallen businessman that we’ve heard so many times, and unfortunately, I’m not the new James Bond, but fear not. Though it sounds insane, I can assure you all that I have not lost my mind. This Thursday, I will be the presenting speaker for the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation’s Annual Gala, and immediately following that, I’m going to be rushing to the Covenant House parking lot in Los Angeles where I will be participating in their annual CEO Sleep Out to benefit the young homeless of Southern California.
Both events are for causes extremely close to my heart. Providence Saint Joseph has offered invaluable service to our community for decades, and I am thrilled to be able to give a much deserved award at their gala. As a recent addition to their Board of Directors, I am proud to support the hospital’s longstanding mission of compassion and quality care. Covenant House has been on the forefront of the fight against youth homelessness for over twenty years. Nothing breaks my heart more than the thought of a child living in horrendous circumstances on the streets. It is well worth a night in the cold to raise awareness and funds to promote an organization that provides food, shelter and the hope of a future to hundreds of kids every day. Last year, the Sleep Out raised over $3,000,000.00 nationwide, and this year we are aiming to exceed that. If you would like to make a contribution, please take a moment to visit the Sam Solakyan Sleep Out pledge page. Every dollar you give goes directly toward making the difference between life and death for a child in our community.
// Sam Solakyan