The Premiere Party, an annual benefit for the CHRIS Kids, returns to the Mason Mauer Fine Art Gallery June 11. CHRIS Kids is a local nonprofit whose mission is to eliminate homelessness among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens and youth.
Some 600 people are expected to attend the event, which has raised more than $750,000 since its first year in 2002, according to event organizers. Last year's event was also held at Mason Mauer Fine Art Gallery.
“Each year we've increased in attendance and dollars raised,” said Frank Wren, CHRIS Kids LGBT Outreach Chair. “It's a great event.”
“Premiere Party brings awareness to CHRIS Kids' mission of taking care of kids who get kicked out of their homes for being gay,” Wren added.
The theme for this year’s event is “White” and attendees are asked to wear their best, most creative white attire. “White attire is suggested,” said Wren. “The idea harkens back to ‘white’ parties the gay community has had for years.”
Last year’s Premiere Party also had a “white” theme.
DJay McCracken will provide the music and the official after-party will be held at Blake’s on the Park. Tickets start at $35 if you order online in advance of the event. Attendees can also purchase tickets at the door for $50.
In addition to the cocktail party itself, the event also features a silent auction with more than 40 items including art, gift certificates to restaurants and experiences, according to organizers.