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It was a late birthday present but as you know I am extremely humbled by people who go out and share their talents. I felt so privileged to see MANY talented people working together for two great causes: The Ali Forney Center and Broadway Speaks OUT.  This event was put together by incredible people and I urge you to donate your time, love, money -whatever!  It was great to see so many friends there and see this glorious turnout.  I also felt humbled to speak with not only the performers but co-founders and boyfriends Anthony Hollock and Marti Cummings and their parents.  They are a testament to what love really is.

Below are the pictures and video from the night’s festivities:

Click picture to see some more MARY Pictures!

Click picture to see some more MARY Pictures!

Click the picture to see more MARY Pictures!

Click the picture to see more MARY Pictures!

Click to see The Mary Holiday Video!

Click to see The Mary Holiday Video!

The Ali Forney Center and Broadway Speaks OUT are teaming up for A Very MARY Holiday to benefit their organizations LGBT causes.

The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. We are committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community.

Broadway Speaks OUT is an online talk show hosted by Martin Gould Cummings. This informative program provides viewers with an inside look at Broadway, current events, and the LGBT community.

Broadway Speaks OUT is also a concert series that brings innovative and exciting music and theatre in support of the LGBT rights movement. Each concert features a variety of Broadway performers who use their talents to fight for equality. Every concert benefits an LGBT charity and/or organization.

http://broadwayspeaksout.com/

http://www.aliforneycenter.org/

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I want to thank Julie S for this AWESOME story!

From Broadwayworld.com:

Over the course of its thirteen year run as a Broadway and touring show, the musical RENT by Jonathan Larson has touched the lives of many people across the world. With Rent closing on Broadway last year and the upcoming tour, playing at the Curran Theater in San Francisco October 6 and ending in January, fans across the country are wondering how they can thank the people involved in RENT in a way that does justice to the musical in its final incarnation, and also honour the creators and past cast and crew who have given so much to so many.

Led by uber-fan Aranka Golphy, fans have organized to begin a fundraising campaign for a RENT-related charity on behalf of the current touring cast.  The project, “RENT Fans Give Back Project,” is inspired by the idea that if everyone who enjoys RENT gives just a little, a lot of money can be raised to actively address some of the real world issues that Jonathan Larson depicts in the show.

After much consideration, Friends In Deed, a non-profit organization devoted to providing support to individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, was chosen to be the recipient of the “RENT Fans Give Back” project.

Friends in Deed, in connection with “RENT Fans Give Back,” has created a secure system for those who wish to participate by donating to Friends In Deed in honour of the current National Tour of RENT.

Click here for information on how to donate, learn more and become a part of this project to create a memorable gift for the cast, crew and everyone behind the scenes of RENT: The Broadway Tour.

Rent, written by Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, opened at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre, on April 29, 1996, following a history making, sold-out, extended limited engagement at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Rent played its final performance at the Nederlander Theatre on September 7, 2008 after playing 5,124 performances and 16 previews. Rent is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history and grossed over $280 million during its Broadway run.

Tours of Rent have crisscrossed the country almost continuously since late 1996 and the U.S. national tours have grossed over $330 million. The musical has been translated into every major language and been performed on six continents, including in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

For more information, including the complete schedule for Rent, The Broadway Tour, visitwww.siteforrent.com.

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