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GMHC to Present 2016 Spring Gala and Honor Louis Bradbury, Mary Fisher and Dustin Lance Black Update

Award-Winning Comedian Judy Gold to Host Actors Nick Adams and Alan Cumming, NYC Council Member Corey Johnson and NYC DOH Assistant Commissioner Demetre Daskalakis, MD to be Featured
3.17.2016
GMHC
 
 
For Immediate Release
March 18, 2016
Contact: Danielle Filson l 646-335-0443 l danielle.filson@berlinrosen.com
Anthony Hayes I 917-601-0410 I anthonyh@gmhc.org

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY (UPDATED)
 
Gay Men's Health Crisis to Present 2016 Spring Gala and Honor
Louis Bradbury, Mary Fisher and Dustin Lance Black


New York, NY--On Monday, March 21, GMHC will present the 2016 Spring Gala and honor Louis Bradbury, former GMHC Board President; Mary Fisher, activist, artist and author; and Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter, director, producer and activist. Proceeds will benefit GMHC's services for thousands of New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, HIV testing and prevention programs and public policy advocacy.

Award-winning comedian Judy Gold will be the host.

The gala will include live and silent auctions, awards presentations by Broadway actor, singer and dancer Alan Cumming, NYC Council Member Corey Johnson and NYC DOH Assistant Commissioner Demetre Daskalakis, MD. Nick Adams, also a Broadway actor, singer and dancer, will perform a song from the hit musical, "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."

"We are privileged to celebrate the work of these three remarkable activists," said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. "From volunteering during the early years of the plague and advocating for HIV testing, to speaking at the Republican National Convention and sounding the alarm about the epidemic, to fighting for the rights of LGBT people through film, our honorees' contributions are vital to GMHC and those we serve. Activism comes in different forms which collectively propel GMHC forward to help end AIDS at epidemic levels."
 
WHEN:
Monday, March 21
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
 
WHO:
Louis Bradbury,
former GMHC Board President;
Mary Fisher,
activist, artist and author;
Dustin Lance Black,
screenwriter, director, producer and activist;
Judy Gold,
comedian and actor;
Nick Adams,
Broadway actor, singer and dancer;
Alan Cumming,
Broadway actor, singer and dancer;
NYC Council Member Corey Johnson;
NYC DOH Assistant Commissioner Demetre Daskalakis, MD
GMHC CEO, Kelsey Louie;
Local leadership;
Major donors and supporters;
Long-term AIDS and LGBT activists and others.
 
WHERE:  
Cipriani 42 Street
110 East 42nd Street
NYC  
 
WHAT:  
GMHC 2016 Spring Gala
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.gmhc.org/content/gmhc-spring-gala-2016  

RSVP:
If you are a member of the media and would like to attend, please RSVP to Danielle Filson at danielle.filson@berlinrosen.com or Anthony Hayes at anthonyh@gmhc.org. Space is limited.  Photos and interviews will be available at the step-and-repeat from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Additionally, there will be limited access for b-roll filming during the awards presentations, starting at 7:30 pm. Press representatives will not be seated for dinner.

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Nick AdamsAbout Nick Adams
Nick Adams co-starred as Felicia in the Broadway favorite
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and has spent the last year touring as Fiyero in Wicked. Other Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, The Pirate Queen, and La Cage aux Folles. He has been an AIDS Walk New York Star Walker since 2008.

Alan CummingAbout Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming won a Tony Award for his legendary turn as the Emcee in Cabaret, a role he also played in London and reprised in last year's Broadway revival. He has three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Eli Gold on The Good Wife and has appeared in more than fifty films including Emma, X2: X-Men United, The Flintstones, GoldenEye and The Spy Kids trilogy. He has authored two books and has his own line of perfume products, Cumming.

Mr. Cumming's efforts in the fight again HIV and AIDS are inspirational and he has shown his support for GMHC in a variety of impactful ways, most recently by being the spokesperson for the "Celibacy Challenge," a satirical and sardonic PSA aimed to halt the FDA's recent mandate that gay and bisexual men may donate blood - but only if they remain celibate for one year.

Judy GoldAbout Judy Gold
Judy Gold has written and starred in 2 critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show - My Life As A Sitcom, (New York Times critic's pick) and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, for which she won the 2007 GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theater and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance. She has co-starred in the Off-Broadway productions of "Clinton The Musical," "Disaster!" "Love Loss & What I Wore," and "The Vagina Monologues."

Judy's most recent TV appearances include guest-starring roles on "Louie," "The Jim Gaffigan Show," "30 Rock," "2 Broke Girls," "Melissa & Joey," "The Big C" and she will appear in the upcoming season Netflix's "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Comedy Central's "Broad City" and the new TBS Comedy "Search Party." She and her family appeared on ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" and Judy has competed on TFN's "Rachael vs. Guy" and "Chopped All Stars." She is a frequent guest and co-host on "The View," and appears regularly on "The Today Show," "The Wendy Williams Show," "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,"and is a frequent contributor for CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News' "RedEye."

Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO (Cable Ace Award), Comedy Central and LOGO and was twice nominated for The American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Comedian.  She won 2 Emmy awards for writing and producing, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

Louis BradburyAbout Louis Bradbury
Louis Bradbury has given his time, resources and talent to numerous organizations that provide critical services to our community over the last 25 years. From 1990-1997, Bradbury served as a member of the board of GMHC and as its President from 1993-1997. As President of GMHC, he oversaw a $26 million annual budget, spearheaded a $15 million capital campaign, which resulted in the state of the art Geffen Testing Center and a medical partnership with Weil Cornell Medical Center to provide a unique combination of medical and social services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Under his guidance, GMHC received a grant of $2.5 million from the David Geffen Foundation to create The David Geffen Testing Center, which GMHC staff designed and developed to incorporate the highest standards of testing protocols and confidentiality.
 
More recently, Bradbury served as a member of the Board of the Empire State Pride Agenda, and was its Co-Chair from 2011 through March of 2014. Under his tenure, the Pride Agenda helped secure passage of the Dignity for All Students Act and the Marriage Equality Act.  For the past decade, he has served as the President of the Calamus Foundation, which has granted over $20 million to support important initiatives of many LGBT organizations, among which are SAGE, the Ali Forney Center, The LGBT Community Center, The Long Island GLBT Community Center, Freedom to Marry and The Transgender Legal Defense Fund.
                       
Mary FisherAbout Mary Fisher
Mary Fisher--author, artist, advocate, social entrepreneur--is a global leader in the arena of social change through positive thought and action. Her early experience first in public and commercial broadcast media, then in high-profile positions - she was the first female "advance man" in the history of the American presidency - equipped her to urge transformation in healthcare, revise perceptions and responses to AIDS, enable women's global empowerment through and inspire others to seek fulfilling, joyful lives.
A renaissance woman, Mary landed on every front page with her stunning keynote address speaking truth to power at the 1992 Republican National Convention, a speech since ranked among "the best 100 American speeches of the 20th Century" (Oxford University Press). She was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and breast cancer in 2012. She has addressed governments and audiences around the world, authored six books including her current best-selling memoir, "Messenger," and is currently launching the latest expression of her creative philosophy, The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet sold in partnership with "America's Department Store" on macys.com.
 

Dustin Lance BlackAbout Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black is a screenwriter, filmmaker and social activist. He has won the Academy Award® and two WGA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for "Milk," the biopic of the late civil rights activist Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn. He is also a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which successfully led the federal cases for marriage equality in California and Virginia with lawyers David Boise and Ted Olson, putting an end to California's discriminatory Proposition 8.

In 2012 Black merged his creative and civil rights work with "8," a play based on the Federal Proposition 8 trial. "8's" LA cast included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly. The play was broadcast live, has been staged in eight countries and all fifty states and continues to break viewership records online.
Black is currently developing "The Barefoot Bandit" for FOX, based on the true story of Colton Harris-Moore. He is also adapting Jon Krakauer's acclaimed "Under the Banner of Heaven" for director Ron Howard, and has created the miniseries "When We Rise" for ABC about the modern LGBT Rights Movement in America.
 

 

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GMHC 2016 Spring Gala

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 9,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epidemic's largest U.S. epicenter. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV/AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.