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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Imperial Court of New York: Ilene Kristen



Friendship is probably the best human relationship available and when it happens, it is a true blessing. And friendship does that, i.e. it just happens, usually because there are individuals who know how to do it well. Loyalty pays a big part in it. Couple that quality with the heart an actor and singer who finds true expression in work and you have Ilene Kristen.

If Ilene is not the first to step up for fundraising events she is pretty darn close. She has been the driving force for so many fundraisers. We all know she's been around the block more than once, but she brings the enthusiasm of a neophyte to her work. It's been said before and it bears repeating: To Know Her is To Love Her. We are once again very proud to announce that this New York angel is on board with Daytime Meets Nighttime II and we couldn't be happier that the unique interpreter of One Life to Live's unique Roxy will be this year's host! 




Daytime Meets Nighttime II
“The Broadway Tribute”
Saturday, November 10, 2012
benefiting
    Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House


The Imperial Court of New York is a 501(c)3 corporation and is thesecond oldest LGBT fundraising organization in the country and New York's most regal philanthropic organization serving the LGBT Community for the past 26 years.  Part of a proud tradition, the Court has raised millions ofdollars for LGBT direct service charitable organizations that include HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ Homeless Youth Services, Youth scholarships and many other direct service groups in the NY/NJ area like the Center, Marriage Equality, The Trevor Project, Bailey House, Friends for Life, NJ Buddies, God’s Love We Deliver, ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America) LIFEbeat (Music Industry Fights AID), Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, among others.We do it all while celebrating diversity and embracing the Royal fun of it all!   HYPERLINK "http://www.icny.org/" \t "_blank" www.icny.org

Our Beneficiary:
The Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood house is located on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan and is home to the Jan Hus Playhouse Theater. This church was built in 1877 and gets its name from the great Czech Religious reformer Jan Hus.
Today, Jan Hus Church practices progressive thinking and is committed to encouraging and welcoming the full participation of the LGBT community in its congregation and within the church’s hierarchy. They are also active in social outreach, serving as a place of spiritual inspiration, worship and a beacon of hope to the community it serves. 
Rev. Ray Bagnuolo, the current pastor of Jan Hus is very proud of the church’s community programs which include a senior center, preschool, homeless outreach program, public cafeteria, AA meeting hall and theater. Recently, Pastor Ray participated in the workshop Carl Stillitano facilitates. After witnessing Carl’s unique ability to guide his participants with grace & integrity, he was inspired to familiarize himself with Carl’s writings. He was so impressed with Kenny & The Virgin Mary; he chose this production to bring the stage at Jan Hus back to life in order to co-create an entertainment venue which serves humanity. We fully support the efforts of Rev. Ray and the Jan Hus Church!

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