Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy New Year!  2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture which rebuilds the lives of those who have endured torture and horrific human rights abuses.  To celebrate the success of our program and our clients we are planning a year of events and we hope you will join us. 

Survivor Fund Raffle

First off, we are launching the raffle for the Survivor Fund!  Your support of this fund enables us to alleviate survivors’ emergency needs, such as housing, food, medicine, and transportation, which helps reduce their immediate stressors to focus on and fully engage in treatment.  This year’s grand prize is a luxurious vacation for two to scenic Peru!  This four-day trip to scenic Peru includes two nights in Cusco (Palacio Nazarenas) and one night in Machu Picchu (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel); all courtesy of our friends at Absolute Travel.  Activities include private, daily tours with a driver and roundtrip transportation on the Hiram Bingham Train. Prize does not include international or domestic airfares.  Approximate value is $4,000.

Raffle tickets for this amazing experience are only $25 and can be purchased online by clicking here. You can also purchase raffle tickets by check.  Please send your check made out to the Survivor Fund to Shannon Miller, Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue, CD729, New York, NY 10016.

Winter Benefit Concert

The third annual Winter Benefit Concert will take place on Thursday, February 12th at 7 pm at Connolly’s Pub.  This memorable evening of community and music will feature our own Dr. Hawthorne Smith’s live jazz band, Casa Mantequilla, as well as other entertainment still to be announced.  Please check our website and Facebook page for further updates.  We hope to see you there!


What:   Casa Mantequilla | Survivor Fund Raffle Drawing
When:   Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM 
Where:  Connolly's Pub | 121 West 45th Street 3rd Floor | New York, NY 10036
(donations will be accepted at the door)

Warm regards,
Allen Keller, MD
Program Director
Shannon Miller, MPA
Director of Operations


Download a printable copy of the 2015 Winter Benefit Concert flyer here.