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The LGBTQ Community Services Center of The Bronx, Inc.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)


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The Rites of Spring Banner

A Gala Fundraiser Supporting the Birth of a
New LGBTQ Community Center for the Bronx

This evening we will honor, recognize, and pay tribute to the contributions of champions – individuals and organizations – that support the LGBTQ communities:

Bronx LGBTQ Center's Walter Schubert Award in Corporate Diversity:
Justin G. Nelson & Chance Mitchell (NGLCC)

Bronx LGBTQ Center's Christine Jorgensen Award in Community Support:
Union Community Health Center (Dr. Douglas L. York, accepting)

Bronx LGBTQ Center's Dr. Antonia Pantoja Award for Civil Service:
Anthony Romero, Esq. (Executive Director, ACLU)

Bronx LGBTQ Center's Sabrina Sojourner Award in Political Advocacy:
Hon. José M. Serrano (NYS Senate)

Bronx LGBTQ Center's Stormé DeLarverie Award in Youth Leadership:
MCCNY Charities (William Moran, accepting)

Bronx LGBTQ Center's Miss Coco Peru Performance Award in Activism:
Adam Barta (Billboard Top 20 recording artist)

Bronx LGBTQ Center's TBA Celebrity Award in Promoting Equality:

Diva Jackie Dupree, assisted by Kevin Charles Ross and Kelli Dunham.
DJ Nicky Boom Box spins throughout the evening!

Starting at 6pm by Inaya DayDiva Jackie Dupree, Christopher Estrada, JFortino
Nicole Medoro, Kat SolarJustin Utley, and Julia Weldon!

Special Appearances:
Tanya L. Domi, Hon. Sabrina Sojourner, Walter Schubert, Miss Coco Peru, Ryan Kendall, Michele McDonald, Thomas Cole, Lady Clover Honey, RoseAnn Rosenfeld-Hermann, and more!

Silent Auction:
Bid on auction items using iPads distributed at the event: clothing, household goods, jewelry, artwork, celebrity items (including donations from Andy Bell, Adam Barta, and others), gift baskets, luxury vacation packages—including a privately chartered yacht—and more! Bidding will open during a two-week pre-auction preview.

Honorary Committee:
Michele McDonald (chair), Adam Barta, Marle BeckerAndy BellTanya L. DomiSir Ari GoldLady Clover HoneyMiss Coco Peru, José Roldan, Jr.Anthony Romero, Esq.Walter SchubertHon. Michael BenedettoHon. Maria del Carmen ArroyoHon. Andrew CohenHon Ruben Diaz Jr.Hon. Jeffrey DinowitzHon. Mark GjonajHon. Jeffrey D. KleinHon. Annabel PalmaHon. Victor PichardoHon. Gustavo RiveraHon. Luis Sepúlveda, Hon. Ritchie Torres

Host Committee:
Michele McDonald (chair), Mary Blanchett, Lucy Recio, Paul D. Sanders, Tom Smith, Lew Zuchman

Best Gay NYC, Chris Ryan Productions & Promotions, Gay City News, GaySocialites.comGet Out! magazineGO! Magazine, Just Like Nana's Custom Cakes, Justin S. Davis Consulting, LLC, Katonah Nursery, Pink Banana Media, Rotic Design/Darren MelchiorreRey Insurance Agency, Sobel Promotions, St. Barnabas HospitalUnion Community Health Center, SCAN New York, SkyRoom NYCViper Color Graphics.

The funds raised will directly support the continued growth of the Center, its operations, and, most importantly, its ability to provide services that meet its increasing needs and the needs of the LGBTQ communities in the Bronx and surrounding areas.

All inquiries, including sponsorship opportunities, should be directed to the Gala Committee Chair, Chad Young, at (646) 398-1340.

When & Where

Sky Room
330 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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The LGBTQ Community Services Center of The Bronx, Inc.

The Bronx LGBTQ Center is a New York State membership-based not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)3 exempt status from the IRS building a new community services center for LGBTQ and supportive individuals in the Bronx, lower Westchester, and upper Manhattan. It offers supportive services (such as a free legal clinic, youth groups, and other support groups), social, recreational, business, artistic, and cultural events and programs. The Center partners with other community-based organizations to provide clinical and health-related services to the community. For more information, email info@bronxlgbtqcenter.org, call 347-LGBT-BX1, or visit us online at http://bronxlgbtqcenter.org, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bronxlgbtqcenter, on Google+ at http://google.com/+BronxlgbtqcenterOrg, on Twitter at @BxLGBTQcenter, and on Instagram at @BxLGBTQcenter.

We are diligently working toward raising the funds necessary to secure an operating space and begin serving the needs of our communities within The Bronx and surrounding areas. The monies raised by our events will be used in furtherance of our mission, which is stated in the first paragraph.

We are actively seeking people interested in helping us serve the community and need as much help as possible. Please contact our volunteer coordinator at volcoord@bronxlgbtqcenter.org if you'd like to help out, or call (347) 954-9056.


Bronx LGBTQ Center
PO Box 356
Bronx, NY 10463
(347) LGBT-BX1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


A.  The money goes to the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Services Center of the Bronx, Incorporated (d/b/a Bronx LGBTQ Center), the corporate entity that was formed in order to set up and operate the new community services center in The Bronx. All funds will be used in furtherance of the Bronx LGBTQ Center's mission. We will comply with all local, state, and federal laws ensuring accountability. We operate in an open and transparent manner (our board meetings are broadcast live on the Internet and archived on YouTube for anyone to see at any given time


A. Yes, we are a incorporated as a membership-based New York State Not-For-Profit corporation with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. We also are registered with the NYS Charities Bureau, governed by all the applicable laws of such non-profit organizations operating in New York State.


A. The purpose of the Bronx LGBTQ Center is to provide a safe space for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) and LGBTQ, supportive individuals in The Bronx and surrounding areas (upper Manhattan, lower Westchester County); to meet, gather, socialize and receive support and services; to provide a safe space for other, licensed organizations to provide support and services to LGBTQ and LGBTQ-supportive individuals, to do everything normally associated with a community services organization, and for any other lawful, charitable purpose(s) in accordance with the provisions of these Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws of the Corporation in which the Members and/or Board of Directors of the Corporation so elect.


A. We are a new organization currently in the midst of raising the funds required to open in a new space, which as describe above requires between $100-$250k.


A. Contact us here on this page (send us a message), e-mail info@bronxlgbtqcenter.org or call (347) LGBT-BX-1.


A. The new Bronx LGBTQ Center is a membership-based organization. Individuals and Families can purchase an annual membership in the Center, which gives them the right to vote during annual membership meetings and raise member items, very similar to how a shareholder votes for the board of directors and can create a shareholder derivative action in publicly-traded companies.

Additionally, New York State law allows for organizations, businesses, and corporations to purchase an annual membership. More information about Memberships, pricing, types, levels, and amounts will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.


A. These expensive events are fundraisers, not just a party for everyone to attend. In order to raise the monies required to build and operate a new community services center that will serve the needs of the LGBTQ community, we need money to cover all of our expenses and also to ensure our operational survival.

It will take approximately $100,000 - $250,000 to open and fund a new center for one year. That is the amount of money we need to raise before opening in a new space. This does not include any payments to employees; it is just for rent, utilities, equipment, and other expenses in beginning to provide services to the community, all of which are additional expenses that must be paid as well.

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