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MOST SUCCESSFUL SUMMER KICK-OFF EVENT EVER

Impact Video Launches New Major Donor Campaign

Hundreds gathered on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club for the LGBT Network’s Summer Kick-Off event as an annual tradition to welcome the summer season.  The event raised nearly $200,000 to support the organization’s spectrum of social, support, education, health, and advocacy programs and services for the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens.  The event was the most successful in its history, with more money raised than ever before. 

Sunny skies and cool ocean breezes welcomed guests enjoying cocktails with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and wines from Clovis Point, while DJ Chris Keyloun spun disco beats.  The centerpiece of the event was an emotional live performance of “The Story of My Life” by The Boy Band Project that accompanied the premier of the organization’s “Wall of Hate” impact video and launch of a new Hero Major Donor Campaign.  

The video showcased the LGBT Network’s annual ‘Night of Noise’ LGBT youth empowerment event.  The video highlights youth spray-painting a wall with the words they are bullied with at school, and then collectively breaking the wall down to rubble – a symbol of how the LGBT community comes together to win over our challenges. 

>> Watch the “Wall of Hate” Impact Video here

>> View the picture gallery here

>> Become a Hero Major Donor

“We are so grateful for everyone that came out to support the LGBT Network through this event, our sponsors, donors, and partners,” said David Kilmnick, President/CEO.  “This new video shows the unique way we support and empower LGBT youth with our social change lens – we need to equip our youth with the skills to make change and sustain it, especially in a world where our rights are on the chopping block.”  Sponsors and partners for the event included Cisco, Corcoran, EG Event Group, Jason Patrick Sands, Arthur Golabeck, Hampton Sun, SmartWater, and others. 

The LGBT Network extends its warmest gratitude to its Event Committee: Jeff Gates and Mike Moran, Board Chair Floyd T. Feather, Eric Gunhus, Greg Schmidt, Andrew Poster, and Perrin Quarshie.  LGBT Network would also like to thank Eric Gunhus of EG Event Group for devoting his expertise and creativity to produce the Impact Video as well as producing the event; to Jason Patrick Sands for his work in directing the video; and the Boy Band Project for lending their talents. 

The event launched the new Hero Major Donor Campaign is underway, and the LGBT Network invites those inspired by its work to become a Hero today and help LGBT people to find their network and build the story of their life.  For more information, please contact Robert Vitelli, Executive VP/COO at robert@lgbtnetwork.org.

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