Category Archives: Benefits
Ronnie Kroell and Elliot
London, Co founders of THE FRIEND MOVEMENT will walk 921 miles, Chicago
to New York
Kroell and London will walk 921 miles – over 37 days to raise awareness for increased bullying prevention efforts
across the country.
The walk, to coincide with National Bullying
Prevention Month, will begin on Saturday, Oct. 5 from The Bean in Millennium
Park in Chicago and end on Sunday, November 10 in New York City. Both men are
from Chicago, and decided to start their journey there.
London and Kroell launched the FRIEND MOVEMENT, in response to the increasing number of suicides being committed
as a result of bullying. Both men were subjected to bullying, and the
two were inspired to establish the
movement in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University
student who jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge in New York
three years ago after being severely cyber-bullied by his dormitory roommate.
And they have filmed a documentary, “Friend” about bullying which is
currently in final stages of production.
London said, ” It is so important for me to make this
film. Our goal is to showcase the struggles of present day teens, and adults
for that matter, being bullied with the technology that we have all embraced.”
“Tyler may have been a young gay man, but bullying does
not discriminate.” said film maker London. ” It affects people
of all races, ages, religions, genders, sexualities, socio-economic backgrounds
and more,” adds London. “And the impact of bullying is
profound. It can lead to a plethora of physical and psychological problems
that can be life-long, in addition to suicide, which, by the way, is the number
one cause of death among school and college students in the U.S.”
Individuals can join FRIEND
MOVEMENT by visiting its indiegogo campaign, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/friend-movement-walk.
For a $20 donation, participants will receive a specially made FRIEND MOVEMENT
watch, as well as a purple ribbon that can be sent back, in a postage-paid
envelope provided by the movement, to The Tyler Clementi Foundation with a
personalized dedication to a friend or family member. Each ribbon will be
placed on the site of the closing ceremony of the walk in New York City.
New York City Village Halloween Parade, a not-for-profit arts
organization, today announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign,
set to go live on September 17th. The campaign will raise
monies in an effort to recover considerable financial losses from the
last minute cancellation of last year’s Parade due to Superstorm Sandy,
as well as provide financial backing to ensure that the Parade will
celebrate its 40th Anniversary this Halloween.
iconic event has provided an exuberant cacophony of lights, sounds and
magical visuals on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting
over 2 million people from across the globe at the 2011 Parade alone.
Last year’s cancellation was the first in the Parade’s history, marking a
milestone the organization never hoped to meet. In the face of
devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift
the spirits of the global community, having been the first major event
in New York after 9/11, welcoming thousands of Hurricane Katrina
refugees in 2005 and commissioning Haitian Carnival Puppets in 2010
after the earthquake in Haiti.
nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy,
the last minute cancellation proved to be a financial disaster for the
Parade, putting our
out over $50,000,” said Jeanne Fleming, Producer and Artistic Director.
“We have been hard at work to overcome the setbacks Hurricane Sandy
we are asking the millions of people who have ever marched in or
watched to parade to help us make certain the Parade lives on.”
Through the help of crowd funding via Kickstarter, the Parade will continue to entertain the public for a 40th
year with a special appearance of the Giant Spider by Master Puppeteer
Basil Twist on the Jefferson Market Library Clock Tower. For more
information on how to become involved in the Kickstarter campaign to
save the New York City Village Halloween Parade, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/
for everybody to swim in clean river water right here in NYC.
river, what if you started by just cleaning a small piece of it?
what if you could change how New Yorkers see their rivers, just by
giving them a chance to swim in it?
A Kickstarter fund drive was launched with goal of $250,000, “we’ll be able to build the 35′ x
35′ Float Lab off the Brooklyn shore this August, giving everybody a
chance to see and learn about how + POOL will clean the rivers.” – As of July 20th, $273,000 has been raised!
+ POOL is driven by the supporters, backers and collaborators that want
to see the pool in the water as much as we do. So we thought, what if
we broke the pool into bite-size chunks and gave everybody a way to
claim a piece of the pool for themselves?”
Find out how to own your own piece of the pool at Kickstarter!
10 CONCERTS TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC THEATER
SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 9
PERFORMING SONGS FROM HIS NEW ALBUM,
THE LAST SHIP,
FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME
Limited Number Of Free Tickets To Be Offered For Each Concert
100 Sting.com Fan Club Members To Receive Free Tickets
To A Special Birthday Celebration Performance
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that, for the first
and only time, Sting will perform songs from his new album, The Last Ship, for 10 concerts to benefit The Public Theater in their intimate, 260-seat Anspacher Theater from
September 25 – October 9.
An evening of music and storytelling with one of the world’s most
prolific artists, these performances will offer unique insight into the
creative process of both his new album, to be released September 24, and his forthcoming
play of the same name, premiering in 2014. All proceeds benefit The Public Theater and are tax deductible.
“Sting is one of the great artists of our time, a brilliant songwriter who is also a model of activist commitment,” said
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “The Last Ship
is shaping up to be a masterpiece, both an elegy for and a celebration
of the working class life of the Newcastle shipyards. The Public is
honored to call Sting a friend and thrilled
to be hosting these benefit concerts.”
Sting added, “The
Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of
the city’s distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this
material that is, at its core, about the importance of community.”
the spirit of The Public Theater’s ongoing mission of accessibility, a
limited number of free seats will be distributed the day of each
performance via a lottery system. Entries will be taken between 5:30
and 6:00 p.m. each performance day, with a drawing beginning at 6:00 p.m. (All entrants must be present to win.)
also has a long tradition of hosting special events for members of his
official fan club. In addition to these 10 performances, 100 Sting.com
Fan Club members
will receive free tickets, selected via lottery, to attend a very
special concert in celebration of Sting’s birthday on Wednesday, October 2 at The Public Theater. For details, please visit www.sting.com.
American Express ® Cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning on Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. EST through Sunday, July 14 at 10 p.m. EST at
An exclusive pre-sale for Sting.com Fan Club members will begin Saturday, July 13 at 12noon EST and conclude Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Sting.com Fan Club
members must purchase tickets by phone at 212-967-7555.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Sunday, July 14 at 10:01 p.m. EST at
EST by phone or at the box office.
ticket prices range from $250-$2,500, with tickets at the top tier to
include VIP seating and a pre-show meet & greet with Sting. Tickets
are tax deductible
for US residents. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m.
|Annual Tasting Event Partners with ZAGAT to Celebrate Pride and
Support the LGBT Community Center Programs and Services
|WHO||Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Board of Directors and Executive Director Glennda Testone
invite you to Garden Party 30.
|WHAT||Garden Party brings you A Taste of Pride
curated by ZAGAT and featuring
presenting sponsor Prudential with 40
restaurants and culinary destinations
offering samples from their
|WHEN||Monday, June 24, 2013
General Admission 6-10 p.m.
|WHERE||Hudson River Park’s Pier 84
West Side Highway at 44th Street
New York, NY
|How to Purchase Tickets: Tickets are available at www.gaycenter.org/gardenparty.
|MORE||Friends and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
Community Center (the Center) will gather on June 24
for Garden Party 30,
the Center’s annual tasting event. Kick off Pride
Week with over 1,500
supporters and foodies at our new location on Pier
84. Garden Party is the
only LGBT tasting festival in the country.
Guests will watch the sun set over
the Hudson River while enjoying an
open bar and bidding on delicious dining
packages in the silent auction.
Proceeds from Garden Party 30 support the Center’s life-enhancing and
WIG NIGHT OUT!
kids! The Supreme Wig Council invites you to wear your most outlandish
wig and come over to the Stonewall Inn for the inaugural Wig Night Out
New York to benefit Point Foundation.
What began three years
ago in Washington, DC as a small group of friends donning wigs and
donating to charity has blossomed into an innovative and quirky, annual
event. Now we’re taking the fun on the road and coming to New York on
Wig Night Out promises regular Joes in street clothes and outlandish wigs, all in an effort to raise money for scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.
The suggested donation is $10 and includes a complimentary cocktail.
Out of town? Wig in the shop? Out of Aquanet? No worries–you can still support WNO and Point Foundation. Just visit http://
Since 2011, Wig Night Out has raised nearly $20,000 for Point
For more information, visit us at www.wignightout.org
A NIGHT OF BETTE!
Lips Restaurant, “The Ultimate in Drag Dining,” is proud to announce that on Wednesday, May 15th,
it will host a tribute
showcase for the legendary Bette Midler to benefit her charity, the New
York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization, founded by
Midler, dedicated to restoring parks, gardens and open space in
underserved communities throughout New York City.
A portion of the funds raised from the evening will be used towards the
NYRP’s “MillionTreesNYC” initiative which aims to plant and care for
one million new trees in NYC by 2017. Particularly after so many of the
city’s trees were destroyed in the wake of
Hurricane Sandy, this is a particularly meaningful cause that Lips
Restaurant is proud to be a part of.
in attendance will receive the full star treatment as they walk the red
carpet upon arrival where they will be greeted by Joan Rivers look
alike, Jessie Volt, as she conducts
interviews and poses for paparazzi souvenir photos. Once inside, the
cocktail hour will feature cocktails by Absolut, Vueve Cliquot Champagne
and hors d’oeuvres provided by J Kings Foodservice. A silent auction
will be on site with items graciously donated
by Bette Midler including her 2012 Hulaween Costume, signed albums,
CD’s and memorabilia, a Florida vacation, Beauty Salon Experiences,
Restaurant gift certificates, Hulaween and Garden Party Event Tickets,
the cocktail hour, a three-course dinner will be served by the
legendary “drag” waitresses of Lips, culminating with a fabulous NYRP
tree cake created by TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy
Valastro for dessert. The evening’s highlight, a “Night of a Thousand
Midler’s” tribute revue dedicated to the Divine Miss M, will be hosted
by drag sensation, Ginger Snapt and feature the world’s foremost Bette
Midler tribute artist, Donna Maxon, along with
the Ladies of Lips.
Tickets for the charitable evening are available online at www.1000Midlers.com,
by phone at 212-675-7710, or by mail at: LIPS RESTAURANT, 227 East 56th Street, NYC, NY 10022.
Sunday, May 5,2013…….9 pm
512 West 42nd Street, NYC
As the weather warms up, the clothes will come off 12 of the hottest
men from Broadway Bares when they strip down to raise money for Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Broadway Bares: Solo Strips.
Tickets for Solo Strips, a special, one-night-only evening of choreographed stripteases, are on sale now.
A limited number of reserved table seats are available for $40. General
admission standing tickets also are available for a $15 donation. Get tickets now.
This year’s Broadway Bares: Solo Strips dancers include Matt Anctil (La Cage Aux Folles, Broadway Bares 18-21), Patrick Boyd (Grease, Broadway Bares 17-19), James Brown III (Wicked, Broadway Bares 16, 18-20), Timothy Hughes (Chaplin, Broadway Bares 21), John Paul LaPorte (Broadway Bares 15-22) Patrick McCollum (Broadway Bares 16, 18-19), Peter Nelson (Cinderella, Broadway Bares 21-22), Daniel Robinson (Hairspray, Broadway Bares 17-19), Matthew Rossoff (Jesus Christ Superstar, Broadway Bares 18, 21) Billy Steeves (Broadway Bares 22), Dennis Stowe (Annie, Broadway Bares 9, 13-14, 16- 17, 19- 20) and Sheldon Tucker (Bring It On: The Musical, Broadway Bares 21-22).
Broadway Bares: Solo Strips will again be directed by Tony
Spinosa. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Reserved table seats
require an additional two-drink minimum.
Solo Strips is a return to the roots of Broadway Bares. In 1992, Jerry Mitchell, then a performer in The Will Rogers Follies,
organized a benefit burlesque show featuring himself and six friends
performing original strips at a bar for a $10 donation plus whatever
tips the audience gave the dancers. Mitchell, now a Tony Award-winning
director and choreographer, is executive producer of Broadway Bares,
which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway Bares: Solo Strips is a sexy tease for Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events. This year’s racy, road trip-themed edition, Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America,
will feature 200 of New York’s most desirable dancers discovering – and
uncovering – amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares
could find. This trip across the fruited plains of America will most
certainly be the stuff patriot dreams are made of. Special celebrity
guests will be announced at a later date.
Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America will be held Sunday, June 23 with two performances only at 9:30 pm & midnight at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Get tickets for Broadway Bares now.
The 2013 Bares season started in January with Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, which raised $35,428. The season continues with Solo Strips, then Broadway Bares: Fire Island on June 1 before concluding with Broadway Bares 23.
From sea to shining sea, this year’s
Broadway Bares will crisscross the country in a racy, raucous road
trip, exploring the United States as the 23rd annual edition of the
immensely popular modern-day burlesque show arrives as Broadway Bares
23: United Strips of America.
This video offers an exclusive
behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway Bares photo shoot, hosted by this
year’s director, Nick Kenkel.
Produced by and benefiting
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares 23will arrive Sunday,
June 23, for two performances only — at 9:30 PM & Midnight — at
Roseland Ballroom in NYC.
In Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of
America, more than 200 of New York’s sexiest and most delectable
dancers will discover — and uncover — amber waves and mountain
majesties that only Broadway Bares could find. This trip across the
fruited plains of America will most certainly be the stuff patriot
dreams are made of. TICKETS ON SALE NOW.
and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
Community Center (the Center) will gather at Cipriani Wall Street on
Thursday, April 11 to honor community leaders Edie Windsor, Terrence
Meck and Neil Tallantire. Special guests Neil Patrick Harris and David
Burtka will join the Center to recognize the remarkable work of these
individuals, while helping the Center raise funds to support its
life-changing and life-saving programs and services.
accomplishments of all three honorees extend far beyond the
organization: Edie Windsor, for her long-standing contributions and
whose case went before the Supreme Court in late March to challenge the
Defense of Marriage Act; Terrence Meck, Executive Director of the
Palette Fund, which makes grants in support of queer youth, patient
navigation, and nutrition and wellness; and Neil Tallantire, Senior Vice
President, Diageo, for his leadership of Diageo’s philanthropic support
of the LGBT community.
“We’re fortunate this year to have such
wonderful friends who stand up every day for fairness and equality for
LGBT people,” said Glennda Testone, the Center’s Executive Director.
“Years from now, history will remember Edie Windsor as a hero of the
LGBT civil rights movement. Her long history with the Center and her
contributions to the community overall inspired us not just to honor
her, but also to name the award after Edie and her late wife Thea. From
this year on, the Center will recognize outstanding activist individuals
with the Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer Community Trailblazer Award.”
Dinner Co-Chairs Timothy Chow and Greg Zaffiro join Testone and the
Center’s Board of Directors in hosting the evening. The dinner will also
celebrate two important milestones in the Center’s history: the 30th
anniversary as the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, and the
commencement of a transformational building enhancement project
designed to expand on the vision of its founders and meet the needs of
the community in the years to come. For more information on the Center’s
renovation, visit www.gaycenter.org/
|WHO:||Actor Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) and partner David Burtka; Windsor v. United States plaintiff Edith “Edie” Windsor; financial guru Suze Orman (“The Suze Show”); MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts; Broadway star Nick Adams; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Executive Director Glennda Testone; and Event Co-Chairs Timothy Chow and Greg Zaffiro.|
|WHAT:||The Center Dinner, an annual gala fundraiser to support the Center’s vital programs and services|
|WHEN:||Thursday, April 11, 2013
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction
|WHERE:||Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY
How to Purchase Tickets: Tickets are available at www.gaycenter.org/centerdinner
Anderson Cooper will be honored by GLAAD with Vito Russo Award, on March 16th, in New York City.
wide range of subjects includes the bullying of LGBT youth, families
supporting their transgender children, and the dangers of the so-called
“ex-gay conversion therapy.” For his coverage of issues relevant to the
LGBT community, Anderson Cooper has received seven GLAAD Media Award
nominations, and has been awarded the trophy three times.
sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions
of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an
integral part of our cultural fabric,” said GLAAD President Herndon
Graddick. “He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for
journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend.”
Broadway stars Nick Adams, Ashley Brown, Jessica Rush and Michael James Scott will appear in a special one night only benefit production of Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD on Monday, March 11 at 7PM at XL Cabaret (512 West 42nd St). Directed by two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, a portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Project. Nick Adams says, “To be able to give back to the next generation of artists is something I’m grateful to be a part of.”
Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a
series of songs, connected by the theme “the moment of decision.” The
show employs four performers who do not play the same characters
throughout the show, but have consistently developing character arcs.
Composer Jason Robert Brown has said of his show, “It’s
about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a
choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”
Space is limited as its an intimate venue! GET TICKETS NOW!
Kinky Boots is an uplifting show featuring music by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein, and choreography by Jerry Mitchell!
Writer Harvey Fierstein and Kinky Boots actors will participate in a talkback after the show!
from these premium tickets will benefit Live Out Loud’s educational
programs that connect LGBTQ youth with LGBT role models.
Location: The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street, New York, NY
This steamy theatrical striptease is sure to warm up the audience and
benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Doors will open at 8 pm for the 9 pm show.
Doors will open at 10:30 pm for the 11 pm show.
Reserved Table Seating for the 9 pm show is SOLD OUT.
BROADWAY BARES 2013
GET TICKETS NOW!
Sunday, June 23, 9:30 pm & Midnight
239 West 52nd Street, NYC
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) – the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth – is excited to announce that it has received a grant from the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation.
implemented in other cities including Minneapolis and Chicago. In the program, adults will open their homes for up to one year to a limited number of the AFC’s youth, offering young people a chance to live day-to-day as part of a stable, LGBTQ-supportive household. Given a severe shortage of shelter beds in New York, the program has the potential to make a significant impact.
The AFC has been researching a Host Home Program for over two years,
visiting other organizations that have implemented such programs –
including Minneapolis’ Avenues for Youth and Chicago’s uCan – to learn
from their experiences and prepare to implement a counterpart in NYC.
The pilot version of the program will introduce one full-time Host Home
Coordinator who will lead implementation and community development. The
program offers NYC residents the opportunity to open their homes and
host a homeless LGBTQ youth for a period of up to one year. Both Host
Home Providers and youth will be supported through the program, which
will include training, counseling, and targeted goals. The AFC is
looking to explore partnerships with community organizations, including
the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and the LGBT Community Center in
Manhattan. Individuals will be screened to ensure they meet the
program’s eligibility criteria. Similarly, AFC’s care team will screen
and offer specialized support to youth who enroll in the program, as
participation is entirely voluntary.
Said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center: “With such
a terrible dearth of shelter beds available for the estimated 1800
homeless LGBT youth on the streets of New York each night, every bed is
of vital importance. I am incredibly grateful to the MacFarlane
Foundation for their generosity, which will allow loving adults to open
their homes to our youth, many of whom lack any kind of family support.”
Said Jessica MacFarlane of the MacFarlane Foundation: “The MacFarlane
Foundation is thrilled to contribute to the Ali Forney Center’s Host
Home Program. The Ali Forney Center is a leader in serving homeless
LGBTQ youth, and they set a standard for other organizations to aspire
to. This program will bridge the gap between the current housing offered
by the Ali Forney Center and young clients’ living independently. The
Foundation feels strongly about the importance of supporting the LGBTQ
community and is pleased to support the Ali Forney Center.”
The MacFarlane Foundation has issued its grant in order to help AFC pilot
the Host Home Program to determine the program’s viability. The pilot
will also allow AFC the opportunity to secure greater funding for the
continuation of the program. This is the second new program AFC will be
introducing in 2013. In the coming months AFC will expand the operation
of its Drop-In Center in Harlem to offer 24/7 programming, the first of
its kind in the nation for homeless LGBTQ youth.
About the Ali Forney Center
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the
lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. The Center is
committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified,
nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can
begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting
awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with
the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from
government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community. For more
information, see www.aliforneycenter.org
About the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation
The Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation makes catalytic
contributions to organizations, by enhancing the impact of existing
endeavors and leveraging organizations’ capacities to expand their
reach. The Foundation aims to improve the opportunities of individuals,
build strength within communities, and effect lasting change. The
MacFarlane Foundation is a family foundation whose funding reflects the
individual interests and passions of its Trustees.
ONE-NIGHT ONLY BENEFIT ENGAGEMENT
The annual benefit event headlines Broadway understudies performing their favorite songs and sharing their most intimate career changing stories.
UNDERWORLD VI will include Broadway understudies Nick Cartell (Scandalous, Jesus Christ Superstar), Elizabeth DeRosa (Mary Poppins), KJ Hippensteel (The Book of Mormon), Amanda Lea LaVergne (Annie, Grease) and Billie Wildrick (Scandalous). With MTWorkers Carol Hickey (Barrier Island), Heather Massie (Flashbacks), Maureen O’Boyle (The Oath, Good Lonely People), David Stallings (A Home Across the Ocean), and Susan Wallack (Good Lonely People).
Try to imagine The Golden Girls summering on Fantasy Island if it were run by Patsy & Edina! Then watch it for free! Half-Share is a 30-minute sitcom shot on location in Fire Island Pines featuring an all-star cast of fabulous gay comics including Alec Mapa, Jack Plotnick, Jesse Archer and Sam Pancake!
Hot on the heels of film festival success spanning three continents, Half-Share will debut its FREE worldwide streaming premiere at 10pm EST/7pm PST on Tuesday November 20th at www.half-share.com & Ustream.tv/channel/half-share.
GET A SNEAK PEAK NOW!!
Through December 31st, 50% of all net profits on DVD and Amazon Instant Video sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC
which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling.
Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of
donations to continue their important work (Aliforneycenter.org).
Tickets are available for purchase at the door for $20, and 100 percent of the event proceeds from ticket sales, bar service and raffle items will go to the AFC.
“Sandy upended the lives of many New Yorkers, but not nearly as much as the youth of the Ali Forney Center, who now have nowhere to turn for basic services such as shelter and food.
The evening will include entertainment provided by DJ Vito Fun, and cabaret shows from Marti Gould Cummings, Joseph Keckler and Brett Gleason. Raffle items for the event will be announced that evening.
Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of AFC, said: “I am enormously grateful for the immense outpouring of support we have seen for the AFC over the past several days – not just here in New York, but from all over the country. Our youth, who in many cases have been cruelly rejected by their own families for being LGBTQ, need our help now more than ever, and we hope that this event will allow the day when we can restore these vital services to come sooner rather than later.”
While the AFC plans to open the first-ever 24-hour drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ youth in an alternate location, it will not be open for several months. In the meantime, New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center has generously offered AFC some of their space to provide temporary Drop-In Services.
Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) will host “A
Night of New York Class” Gala on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM
to 11:00 PM at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan (240 West 47th Street).
Pamela Anderson will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. The
organization will honor award-winning actresses, Kathy Najimy and
Kristen Johnston, paying tribute to their efforts in the fight against
animal cruelty. In addition, there will be live performances by Joan
Jett and The Blackhearts, Ivan Neville and D.J. Alexandra Richards.
Notable attendees include Liv Tyler, Russell Simmons, Patti Smyth, John
McEnroe, Ron Delsener, Chuck & Ellen Scarborough, Lady Bunny, and
Miss USA, Olivia Culpo. The Gala will help raise awareness of NYCLASS’s
fight against the horse carriage industry with event proceeds benefiting
NYCLASS’s efforts to push for an alternative to New York’s horse
continues to work to pass Intro. 86A, legislation that calls for a
phase-out and safe retirement of horse carriages in New York City and
replacing them with the 21st Century “Horseless Carriage”,
electric-powered vehicles styled and constructed to replicate turn of
the century cars. The 14 accidents involving horse carriages this year
alone have resulted in a majority of the city council now in favor of
Tickets to “A Night of New York Class” Gala start at $500. Tables and VIP tickets range from $5,000 to $10,000. For more information please call 212-626-6991 or visit NYclass.org/gala.
is an animal advocacy organization committed to ending the inhumane
practices of the NYC carriage horse industry. NYCLASS advocates for
retiring the carriage horses to sanctuary, while modernizing the current
industry with a clean and safe alternative to this outdated tradition –
the 21st Century Horseless Carriage. Founded in 2008 by a coalition of
prominent animal lovers and business leaders, NYCLASS has grown to over
97,000 supporters with activist chapters in all five boroughs. For more
information, please visit www.nyclass.org