Celebrities Rose, Raised, and Achieved A Tremendous Night For FEC!

Tom Bourdon
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$700,000 was raised for Family Equality Council at “A Night At The Pier” 2017 and we’re just getting started!

On a clear, beautifully-lit night in New York City, overlooking the Hudson, many gathered to celebrate LGBTQ families around the country at the annual Night at the Pier gala. The Night at the Pier is a fundraising benefit for the Family Equality Coalition, a U.S. advocacy group that supports an estimated three million parents who identify as LGBTQ and their six million children across the nation. The gala, which raised $700,000 for the organization, enjoyed live performances by Tony nominees Jenn Colella (“Come from Away”), Eva Noblezada (“Miss Saigon”), Rachel Bay Jones and Jennifer Laura Thompson (“Dear Evan Hansen”), and welcomed elite celebrity stars Rosie O’Donnell, Meredith Vieira, Denis O’Hare, Joy Behar, and honored LGBTQ heroes, including Edie Windsor and Dr. David Baker-Hargrove.

With exclusive access to everyone, Prowdr caught the heroes and she’roes of the night. Check out our highlights of the night:

Maddie Corman, who played Phyllis Lyon in “When We Rise,” as well as THE REAL Edie Windsor on the red carpet! Seriously, could these two women be any more wonderful? Watch Maddie and Edie’s interview.

Meredith Vieira speaks with such heart on what drives her to support the lives and stories of the LGBTQ community.  Watch Meredith’s interview.

Our jaw dropped when we heard what Joy Behar thinks of President Donald Trump…. Watch Joy’s interview.

Denis O’Hare, who has starred in numerous LGBTQ movies, including “Milk,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “When We Rise,” talked about what it takes for him to accept a role, as well as his motivation to make a difference.  Watch Denis’s interview.

Emily Skeggs pretty much stole the show in “When We Rise”….and stole our hearts on the red carpet!  We LOVE how she captured what our community stands for.  Watch Emily’s interview.

Broadway star Eva Noblezada (who just received a Tony nomination for her leading role in “Miss Saigon”) said she was “really nervous” to perform at the event. What? Her explanation is so “aw-shucks” sweet, we just adore her. Hailing from North Carolina, where there is still so much work to be done, she understands the importance of standing together to create change. Click Here to Watch Eva’s interview.

Two-time Tony-nominated Brandon Uranowitz talks about the “amazing connection” of coming off the run of “Falsettos” and being at the FEC event.  Wonder how his husband will feel about the women he wants to rush off and kiss?  Watch Brandon’s interview.

Dr. David Baker-Hargrove, who spearheaded the mental health efforts by those directly impacted by the Pulse Nightclub shooting, was one of the evening’s honorees.  He and his husband are also the co-founders of Two Spirit Health Services in Central Florida.  Dr. Hargrove, from the bottom of our hearts—THANK YOU.  You heard the call, and you answered.  The honors were well deserved.  Watch David’s interview.

Through strategic legal advocacy, public education and community-building among LGBTQ parents, caregivers and youth across the country, FEC advances full legal and lived equality for the families it represents.  Their educational and community-building programs and events serve over 20,000 LGBTQ parents, caregivers and children annually, and their growing online resources on everything from state policy to navigating the school system as an LGBTQ parent provide families with the vital information and guidance needed to thrive.

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