Annual CHRIS Kids fundraiser tonight at Mason Murer Fine Art
The Atlanta Braves will host their second annual “Out in the Stands” event for LGBT fans of the summer classic during a Wednesday night showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 27.
This year's game will benefit Ben Cohen's StandUp foundation, an anti-bullying advocacy group based here in Atlanta. Cohen will attend the game and host a meet-and-greet session with fans, the Braves said.
The event was first organized in 2011 after Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was accused of using gay slurs toward fans at a game in San Francisco.
Premiere Party began in 2002 as a small gathering and has now grown into a massive white-themed cocktail party and silent auction, but the mission remains the same: raising funds for LGBT and questioning youth who are served by CHRIS Kids, a child welfare nonprofit that provides services ranging from housing to counseling.
Premiere Party has raised $800,000 since its inception. This year’s event is set for June 9 at Mason Murer Fine Art, with tickets starting at $40.
“What I enjoy most is seeing all our friends and supporters coming out to help LGBT children, youth and families,” says CHRIS Kids CEO Kathy Colbenson. “It warms my heart to see people caring enough to do something, to give so that those who have been met with rejection can have acceptance and the support they need to get their lives on track.”
Premiere Party this weekend to benefit CHRIS Kids
What's old is new again, as the folks over at Lost-n-Found Youth come together Wednesday, May 16, for the second round of the Big Gay Game Show. Tickets for the show are $5.
Lost-n-Found Youth is a local nonprofit whose mission is to take homeless LGBT youth off the street and transition them into more permanent housing arrangements. The group operates a 24/7 hotline, as well as a six-bed housing facility.
Every third Wednesday, the organization enlists a bevy of local celebrities (ahem, including your's truly this month) to play a few rounds of America's favorite classic games shows. Match Game, Let's Make a Deal and Family Feud are slated for May's "episode."