Halloween Costume Ball - a gala fundraiser for the new Bronx LGBTQ Center
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Halloween is "the great gay holiday."
~Judy Grahn, lesbian poet and scholar
The new Bronx LGBTQ Center (the “Center”), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt New York State Not-For-Profit Corporation, is delighted to announce its first annual Halloween Costume Ball, a fundraiser that will draw on a diverse crowd to raise awareness about its mission and the services it has begun providing to LGBTQ youth, individuals, couples, and elder residents of The Bronx and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as plans for expanded services, programs, initiatives, and coverage.
The Halloween fundraiser will be held from 6:00 – 10:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29th at Vlada Lounge NYC, located at 331 West 51st Street, Manhattan, which will also cater the evening with an assortment of culinary delights (see below).
Just Like Nana's bakery will provide inspired, delightful desserts. Vlada and Just Like Nana's are co-sponsoring this event as part of their ongoing commitment and support to the LGBTQ community and efforts to build a new Bronx LGBTQ Center.
Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes of the evening, with celebrity guest judge Adam Barta deciding on the winners with assistance from an unofficial clap-o-meter-styled vote.
Additional prizes will be awarded via raffle, including a custom-designed Halloween cake from Just Like Nana's, valued at $300.
Entertainment will begin at approximately 7:00 pm. There will be nearly two hours of performances carved out by nine fabulous local LGBTQ talent, accompanied by DJ Kimani G:
- Eric Alán is an Out, Latin, New York-based club/dance recording artist.
- Paige Turner is a Showbiz Spitfire who will stop by VLADA for a live performance, where she also performs her long running show SLURP every Sunday!
- Julia Weldon is a self-taught, nationally touring musician whose possessing personality and captivating music crosses bridges and divides who tells stories that feel both intensely personal and widely universal.
- Alexa DuMont is a Bronx-native drag performer who started her career in Las Vegas, and the gay child of BX Famous Polaris Bomb Infiniti and Laritza Dumont.
- KC Comeaux brings a breath of fresh air to all of his roles both on the stage and in the LGBT film world.
- Elissa Goldstein has quickly become a favorite leading lady in the LGBT film world.
- Tym Moss is a musician, actor, producer, & radio show host, as well as a co-founder and president of the new Bronx LGBTQ Center.
- Diva Jackie Dupree is a drag performer, vocal/recording artist, and record label producer, as well as a board member of the new Bronx LGBTQ Center.
- Mister Ixxy is drag performer who began his career exploring gender bending performance art to explore gender identity.
- *Special Guest Performance* Ben Cameron is a major Broadway Talent who has appeared in numerous shows, including Wicked.
*Special Guest Performance* Lovari is an award-winning recording artist & SAG/AFTRA member (Law & Order: SVU regular), and movie producer.
- *Special Guest Performance* MAOR is an openly gay dance recording artist.
- *Extra Special Guest Performance* Adam Barta is a Bronx native, Billboard Top 20 chart-topping recording artist with the #1 Ultimate Sexiest Video Of All Time on LOGO TV.
Fruit & Cheese
Vegetables w/ Dip
Mini Poached Salmon
The money raised by this event will be used to fund office space for the new Center as well as allow it to expand the programs and services it currently offers, which currently includes a free legal clinic, clinically-led discussion groups for LGBTQ women (a men's group will hopefully follow), and an after-school LGBTQ youth group, as well as pay for administrative and general expenses.
Attendees are welcomed to remain at Vlada after the event, for an 11pm drag show.
All inquiries, including sponsorship opportunities, should be directed to Peter C. Frank at secretary@bronxLGBTQcenter.org or 914-417-9579.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://HalloweenBall2013.Eventbrite.com/
Bronx LGBTQ Center
PO Box 356
Bronx, NY 10463
When & Where
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help out, or call (347) 954-9056.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. WHO IS GETTING THE MONEY?
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.
Q. IS THE CENTER REGISTERED?
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.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR MISSION/PURPOSE?
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.
Q. WHY IS THERE NO SPACE?
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.
Q. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED/HELP OUT?
A. Contact us here on this page (send us a message), e-mail email@example.com or call (347) LGBT-BX-1.
Q. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT MEMBERSHIPS?
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.
Q. WHY ARE TICKETS SO EXPENSIVE?
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.