The Ali Forney Center the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth is having their annual “A Place at the Table” fall gala on Friday October 21st at Capitale 130 Bowery in NYC. This year the gala will honor the memory of fierce LGBT ally & champion Bea Arthur who during her life was a great supporter of the Ali Forney Center’s mission. The actress who died in 2009 included a $300,000 donation to the Ali Forney Center in her will. Construction of the Bea Arthur Residence an 18-bed shelter for homeless LGBT youths run by AFC is nearing the final stages of completion. Arthur’s son Matt Saks stated, "Helping a charity like this is not something that she would've felt that she needed to be thanked for." The Brooklyn Youth Chorus will also feature a special tribute to Bea Arthur. Acclaimed comedian & actress Sandra Bernhard will host the annual star-studded event. Last year’s “A Place at the Table” dinner & auction raised upwards of $600,000 for the services that the Ali Forney Center (AFC) provides to homeless LGBTQ youths in NYC. The Ali Forney Center is committed to providing LGBTQ homeless youth with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs for housing & support can be met & where they can begin to put their lives back together. AFC is proud to offer the nation’s only dedicated transgender housing program for trans-identified homeless young people. AFC is also dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBTQ youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, & the LGBTQ community.
For Info & Tix: aliforneycenter.org
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