FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Out Impact Celebrates Sylvia’s Place 5th Anniversary
new york city, Wednesday, April 2, 2008
NEW YORK CITY, MARCH 14, 2008 – Out Impact, a online gay omnimedia company focusing on making a positive impact within the gay community, in conjunction with Big Daddy Productions, Inc. in our first national event, will be celebrating in a special fundraising event for Sylvia’s Place 5th anniversary at Splash on 50 W 17 St. in New York City on April 2nd, 2008 from 7 to 11 p. m. Out Impact’s presenting sponsor for this special celebration is HX Magazine (http://www.hx.com/), alcohol sponsors, Zodiac Vodka (www.zodiacspirits.com) and 4 Copas Tequila (http://www.4copas.com/); and hotel sponsor, Maritime Hotel (www.themaritimehotel.com).
Sylvia’s Place, in conjunction with Metropolitan Community Charities of New York Homeless Youth Services, a nonprofit social service organization located in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem neighborhoods, is one of five emergency homeless shelters in the entire country dedicated to helping GLBTQ youth who are homeless and displaced.
“Sylvia’s Place all began as a grass-roots organization where we opened the doors of the food pantry and waited for our first client, who arrived at our doors on April 3rd, 2003. Since then we have been open 365 days a year at Sylvia’s Place and grown exponentially to include overflow shelters in St. Marks, Sugar Hill, and the addition of the only drop-in center for LGBTQ youth located in Harlem which will soon be open 24 hours.” Lucky S. Michaels said, Outreach Director and Author of “Shelter” published by Trolley Books.
“We are proud to have our first national event celebrating Sylvia’s Place and helping raising funds for their incredible efforts in helping the LGBTQ youth to have a safe and welcoming environment off of the streets,” Bambi Weavil, CEO and Publisher of Out Impact, Inc. said. “We believe this is a very important cause, with an estimated 25% to 40% of New York City’s 20,000 runaway and homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.”
Award-winning DJ Reed McGowan will be providing entertainment and spinning throughout the event, and complimentary cocktails will be available. Out Impact will also have raffle drawings, a silent auction, and the first 100 guests who purchase tickets will receive a special VIP gift bag!
Out Impact regularly features entertainment interviews and stories with upcoming and current entertainers of all genres, people who are making a difference, and much more. Out Impact also creates events which partially benefit various non-profits emphasizing having a good time for a good cause. Out Impact attracts a hip audience of gay and gay-friendly men and women, driven to make a positive difference, to always give back, to live life to the fullest and to have fun. In December 2007, Out Impact launched our “Empower All People” AIDS Awareness Campaign. For more information on Out Impact and “Empower All People,” go to http://www.outimpact.com.
About Out Impact: Out Impact was established in May 2007 and is growing to become a leading gay omnimedia company for both gay men and women with a strong focus on making a positive impact within the gay community. Out Impact reminds everyone to support nonprofit causes in their daily lives and to make their own impact.
About Sylvia’s Place:An estimated 25% to 40% of New York City’s 20,000 runaway and homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. These young people, many of whom have faced harassment and discrimination from the very people that should protect and nurture them, are in desperate need of services to achieve independence and self-sufficiency. Metropolitan Community Charities of New York, a nonprofit social service organization located in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem neighborhoods, has responded to meet the growing needs of this disenfranchised and marginalized group of young, homeless people. Since 2002, the Homeless Youth Services of Metropolitan Community Charities of New York (MCCNY) has worked tirelessly to meet the unique needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender runaway and homeless youth of New York City. Starting with a 6-bed emergency shelter in the church itself (Sylvia’s Place), MCCNY’s services have expanded to include two additional shelters (Sylvia’s East, & Sylvia’s Sugar Hill) allowing MCCNY Homeless Youth services to provide 30 beds, as well as a range of social services offered both to shelter residents and other runaway and homeless youth through the newly operational drop-in center, the Marsha P. Johnson Center.
Tickets are $15 and partial proceeds of every ticket benefits Sylvia’s Place. If there are any tickets left, they will be sold at the door. You can buy advance tickets now at:
For more information on our event and sponsorship opportunities and media interviews, contact:
CEO / Publisher of Out Impact, Inc.