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The Very Best of Special Events
by Mei Mei Chin
September 16, 2011
Join over 25,000 people to help “run breast cancer out of town” at the 2011 Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, stepping off in Central Park Sep 18. The Komen Greater NYC has awarded $4.8 million in grants this year and with your help, either by walking or sponsoring a walker, you can help increase this amount. Proceeds from the race are used to provide much needed funding to community-based organizations for life-saving breast health, education, screening and treatment to people in New York City, Long Island, Rockland and Westchester counties.

Producers Thirsty Girl & Pontani Sisters Productions will once again serve up four nights of glitter and glamour in Gotham as the New York Burlesque Festival returns Sep 28–Oct 2. Marking its 9th year, the festival promises to be bigger and better this year with over 120 eye-popping performances from the world’s leading burlesque and variety entertainers at four of NYC’s hottest performance venues. In addition to tassels and tail feathers, this year’s festival offers live music, international DJ’s, variety and circus performers, boylesque and a burlesque boutique for perusing custom corsets, pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses and lingerie. You can even get a burlesque makeover!

Hudson Pride Connections Center hosts the 11th Annual Hudson Pride Festival and Parade Oct 9th in Downtown Jersey City. The event celebrates the diversity of the LGBT communities in Hudson County and throughout the New York metropolitan area. The day begins with a parade beginning at City Hall on Grove Street leading to the festival at One Exchange Place. The festival will feature great food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. The entertainment line-up includes performances by Plastiq Passion, Sonia Bladez, Cheer New York and more.

On Oct 6 The Center and Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce present Out to Work, the largest LGBT career fair in the Northeast, featuring over 40 exhibitors from all industries. Whether you are looking for a new job, or for bright, potential employees, this job fair is for you. Exhibitors from the 2010 event included
CIGNA, Johnson and Johnson, Starwood Hotels, JP Morgan Chase, LIRR-MTA Metro North, Mass Mutual, Wells Fargo, McBurney YMCA, MTV Networks, Marriot Marquis, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, IBM and more!

Join Garden State Equality and our New Jersey neighbors at 2011 Equality Walk Sep 24 at Grove Park. Walk, sponsor a walker or simply donate to help bring LGBT equal rights to another state. Starting at the corner of Grove Road and South Orange Avenue the Walk will go through Maplewood and end at Cryan’s Pub in South Orange, where for all sponsored walkers, the first round of appetizers and soft drinks are complimentary. Let’s help our NJ neighbors win the same rights the New York LGBT community now enjoys.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents the 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction held in Times Square and on West 44th Street on Sep 25. Broadway dreams will come true for theatre fans looking to find showbiz treasures and memorabilia. They can meet their favorite stars and bid on one-of-akind items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Dozens of tables from Broadway's most popular shows will set up shop where fans can buy that lost cast recording, a signed show poster and Playbill, rare costume sketches, props and special gifts theatre-lovers won’t find anywhere else. Hourly silent auction lots will give way to the live Grand Auction at the end of the day featuring a collection of unique items and experiences that will offer something for everyone. Proceeds from the event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

On Sep 22 The Anti Violence Project invites you to join them at Studio 450 for the Courage Awards 2011. The Courage Awards were created 15 years ago to honor outstanding individuals, organizations and corporations whose work on behalf of our communities has made a profound impact on all of our lives. This year AVP honors Don Lemon, out CNN Newsroom anchor and Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award winner; Time Warner Inc., for their support of AVP’s mission and work and for their commitment to representing LGBTQ communities and the issues that matter most to us; and Andrew Sta. Ana, Ted Farley, and Virginia Goggin, attorneys for AVP’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic.

The Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, is excited to present its 6th Annual Fall Fest event Sep 17 at Greig Farm in Red Hook, NY. Join the Fall Fest host committee for afternoon drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the sprawling 500 acre Greig Farm to support the nation’s oldest and largest at-risk LGBTQ youthservices organization. New Yorkers and Hudson Valley residents will have a chance to bid on fabulous auction items while enjoying the scenery of this magnificent farm during the most dramatic season in the Hudson Valley. After the event, Premiere Individual Ticket holders and certain sponsors will enjoy dinner at Laura Pensiero’s Gigi Market.
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