Garden Gala Sixteen
Saturday, June 7, 2002
Since our founding, one of Body Positive's most important annual traditions has been "Garden Gala," a festive benefit held each June to raise awareness of Body Positive's ongoing mission and to raise crucially needed funds for our programs. The gathering is traditionally held on the first Saturday in June at the start of the summer season in the Hamptons of Long Island. This year's Garden Gala will fall on June 7, from 5 to 8pm, offering the finest of sea breezes, warm weather, and long summer evenings, all in an elegant East Hampton setting.
For the past several years, Garden Gala has been held at the home of advertising legend and restauratuer Jerry Della Femina and fashion expert and television personality Judy Licht. The couple opens their stunning oceanfront home to hundreds of guests each year as an expression of their commitment to Body Positive and in memory of their friend the late James Revson, who was the original host of Garden Gala. The early evening get-together includes cocktails, hors d'ouvres, and the opportunity to mix and mingle amidst with other supporters of HIV/AIDS and other progressive causes.
A highlight of last year's event was the presentation of the first annual James Revson award to Jerrry and Judy for their support of Body Positive. Indeed, Garden Gala has been made possible through the continuing dedication of many volunteers, including Sam Champion of WABC-TV, who has served as honorary host of Garden Gala and other BP events, and volunteer Edward Callaghan of the firm Alchimia, who has worked with multiple media outlets to promote awareness of the event and of the work of Body Positive. Numerous businesses also extend themselves to provide outstanding food and drink catering free of charge as well as donated dinners, hotel stays, jewelry, artworks, home furnishings, clothes, books, and other items for a silent auction.
The $125 per-person donation to Garden Gala helps to ensure that Body Positive can continue its crucial work even in a time of government cutbacks and declines in individual contributions. Body Positive's support groups, social events, peer education, treatment education, Helpline, Web site, and publications provide crucial support to people living with HIV/AIDS, and your donation is part of what makes all this possible.
For further information, please contact Linda Leahy at 212-566-7333, ext. 23.
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