Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cloud 48 : Fashion Gives Back

NGLCCNY members Jesse Sabo of lostfoundreturned and Michael Stern of Stonehenge NYC have joined forces with Andre Reid of Empire Worldwide and urban fashion designer Francis Hendy to host a fundraising event on September 8th, 2011.

The event, Cloud 48: Fashion Gives Back, kicks off NYC Fashion Week in high-style and promotes Francis Hendy's 2012 Spring/Summer collection. It is the perfect time for the LGBT community to come together in support of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and the HIV/AIDS community by raising money for the NYC Police & Fire Widows' and Children's Fund and The Brent Varner Project. The NGLCCNY has proudly championed the event along with fellow-sponsors Stella, Samsung Experience, Bamboo 52, 123 Burger Shot Beer, Anheuser Bush, Moet, Voss, and Stonehenge NYC.

Highlights include cuisine by NGLCCNY member and executive chef Benedetto Bartolotta's "Indulge By Bene" , Open Wine Tasting, performances by Live Society, Jackie Scott, and The Sarah Morr Band, a silent auction, and a uniform tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11 by the FDNY. Francis Hendy's award winning collections have high-profile celebrity clientele including Whitney Houston, Usher, Missy Elliott, the Backstreet Boys, and many others.

"NYC Fashion Week and the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 seem like a good reason to come together for a good cause. This has been a great opportunity to use the best of what NYC has to offer and partner with the outstanding resources of the NGLCCNY community to give back,” said event producer Jesse Sabo. “We have dedicated our beautiful park to the firefighters who lost their lives on that fateful day and are honored to celebrate their lives in collaboration with the LGBT community,” echoed event sponsor Michael Stern.

Sponsorship packages are still available as well as opportunities for NGLCCNY business to get involved in this event. Tickets to the Cloud 48 Gala are $60 and can be purchased at

    Samsung Experience Store at the Time Warner Center

About the Charities

The Brent Varner Project

"The Brent Varner Project - a program of the HIV/AIDS Initiative of The Actors Fund - will celebrate its 9th anniversary this coming November (2011). It continues to be an invaluable resource for those we serve and an essential option when providing clinical case management within the HIV/AIDS initiative. Since the Brent Varner Project started in 2002, some many people in need of medical care have been referred to BVP for care. The Brent Varner Project is often the only option for many people with HIV in the arts and entertainment community who are uninsured or underinsured. The HIV and arts/entertainment communities are lucky to have a program that provides such quality comprehensive medical care to those in need.

NY Police & Fire Widows’ and Children’s Fund

This charity supports the families of those first responder service members who were injured or perished on September 11th. The Widows and Children's Fund was established specifically to assist the families of those fallen police and firefighters. “Always remember….Never forget”.

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