NEW YORK CITY: Ali Forney Center To Hold Annual Gala On October 26th
This October 26, the Ali Forney Center (AFC) - the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth - will hold its annual A Place at the Table benefit dinner at Capitale. This year’s event, hosted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, will celebrate the tenth anniversary of AFC’s work to protect and empower homeless LGBTQ youth, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. The 2012 dinner comes as the AFC prepares to expand its shelter facilities by an additional twelve beds, as well as to open the nation’s first-ever 24-hour drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ youth.The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception including passed hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner with an awards show, live auction and entertainment. The night continues with a speakeasy-style VIP after-party. The 2012 honorees - chosen for their for their work in the LGBTQ community and their support and advocacy of homeless LGBTQ youth - include: David Mixner, leading LGBTQ author and activist; Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl’s Since 1851; Time Warner Cable; and recent graduate of AFC’s programming, Chris Bilal. Presenters include Jeremy Bernard, the first openly gay White House social secretary, who will present Mixner with his award, and actress Ally Sheedy, who will present Salgardo.Tickets are now available. It's always a great night.