Live Out Loud’s Young Trailblazers Gala Honors Charles Busch
By: Ellis Nassour
Live Out Loud’s 12th annual Young Trailblazers gala and silent auction takes place April 30 from 6 – 9:30 P.M. at the Times Center (242 West 41st Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). LOL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] youth by connecting them with LGBT role models and mentors in business, arts, politics, religion, and culture.
Leo Preziosi Jr., LOL’s founder and executive director, explains, "This event celebrates community leaders who’ve forwarded Live Out Loud’s mission to inspire and empower our next generation of LGBT leaders."
Preziosi announced that "internationally renowned comedienne, Emmy-award-winning television talk-show host, Tony Award-nominated actress, best-selling author, playwright, screenwriter, film director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, jewelry designer, cosmetic-company entrepreneur, and red-carpet fashion laureate" Joan Rivers will present Live Out Loud’s Legend Award to Charles Busch, the Tony-nominated playwright and veteran star and writer of countless outrageous and cult fare as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, and one of the longest-running Off-Broadway plays in history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
Busch, who was honored with a Drama Desk Award for Career Achievement as Performer and Playwright, follows in the esteemed footsteps of stage, film and TV star and activist Alan Cumming, of TV’s The Good Wife and now on Broadway in his acclaimed Macbeth, who received the honor last year.
Also honored will be U. S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to represent New York State in Congress; and award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and author David France, who produced and directed the Oscar-nominated documentary How To Survive a Plague. Guest host is Jujamcyn Theatres president and Tony and Drama Desk-award winning producer Jordan Roth.
The Young Trailblazers gal culminates with the Live Out Loud Youth Scholarship presentation of five college scholarships of $5,000 each to LGBT high school seniors who’ve exhibited remarkable leadership in their communities.
Silent Auction prizes include two VIP tickets to a taping of The Ellen Degeneres Show, including JetBlue round trip tickets and accommodations at five-star celebrity haven, the Beverly Hilton; a week at a luxury four-bedroom house in stunning San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; a two-night getaway at Tucson’s Miraval Retreat, in a deluxe room, with credit towards spa services or private sessions, and JetBlue round trip transfers; one-night in Seattle at Willows Lodge and two nights at the Seattle Sheraton for two, inclusive of dinners and a lunch at five-star restaurants, spa experience, and JetBlue round trip airfare; and, among many other items, dinner for two with the fabulously outrageous comedienne Lisa Lampanelli at the New York Friars Club.
To underwrite a college scholarship or make a tax-deductible donation toward one, contact Preziosi at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 651-4236.
Gala Platinum sponsor is Deutsch, a Lowe & Partners company. Among Gold sponors are producer Daryl Roth, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Bruce T. Sloane, In Style magazine, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Media sponsors include TheaterLife.com, Metrosource, Gay City News, and Go magazine.
Drinks, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres will be served. General admission is $195 advance, $225 at door. To purchase, visit www.liveoutloud.com. There are limited availability $85 tickets for those 28 under, available through Kristine Bruch at email@example.com or (212) 228-7446 to reserve.
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