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Don white for Premiere Party to help LGBT youth at CHRIS Kids

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.”

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Premiere Party returns June 11

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.

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Premiere Party puts ‘festive white’ in the rainbow


One of the summer’s largest parties has a new look as the Premiere Party goes white to raise funds for CHRIS Kids, a gay-inclusive child welfare agency. Proceeds from the June 12 party are earmarked for programs that provide housing and other support to LGBT youth.