The Samaritan Inn, Collin County’s leading homeless shelter, welcomes Tim Conway, one of the funniest men in show business, as the keynote speaker for its Feb. 8 Gala. Conway is best known from his co-starring role in TV’s classic Carol Burnett Show and is the recipient of five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.

Hosted by Steve Stoler, Director of Media Relations for the City of Plano, the annual Gala is the primary fundraiser for The Samaritan Inn and is generously sponsored by Capital One Financial Corporation for the second consecutive year.

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In 2012, over 700 people called The Samaritan Inn home, and 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to shelter, food, clothing, counseling and life skill classes. The mission of the program is to help people return to independence within the community, and over 72 percent of their population succeeds.

Lynne Sipiora, Executive Director of The Samaritan Inn, shared: “This year we will break ground on a desperately needed family shelter and it will be the focus of our Gala. Many families are in crisis and we are committed to helping them transition back to independence.”

"Capital One is committed to 'Investing for Good' in Collin County, where our Financial Services division and several Capital One Bank branches are located," said Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Capital One's Plano-based Financial Services division. "Our support of The Samaritan Inn, which provides critical life-saving services to homeless individuals and families throughout Collin County, helps to bring our commitment to our community to life."

The 2014 Samaritan Inn Gala will be held at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano and will include a seated dinner, hosted bar and an extensive silent auction. Tickets are $200 each, and tables of 10 are $2,500. Table hosts will also enjoy a private reception with Tim Conway. Sponsorships at all levels are still available. To purchase tickets or get more information go to


About The Samaritan Inn

The Samaritan Inn was established in 1984 after community leaders joined together to address the issue of homelessness in Collin County. Twenty five years later, The Samaritan Inn is still the largest homeless program in a county of over 762,000 residents. All services and support are provided free of charge through funding made from donations by churches, service groups and  organizations, corporations and individuals. The Samaritan Inn is also a member of the United Way of Collin County. For more information visit