Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing Honors Adam Shankman, Rona Barrett and Dr. Tony Mills at 9th Annual Garden Party!

Oct 14, 2010, 19:33 ET from Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing

Organization Surpasses Fundraising Goal by Generating More Than $300,000 in Community Support!

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH), today announced that it raised over $300,000 at its 9th annual Garden Party held on October 3rd, 2010.  The event was held at a private Hancock Park Estate.

GLEH presented Emmy-nominated filmmaker/choreographer Adam Shankman with the Triangle Pioneer Award for his advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.  Legendary Television Entertainment Reporter Rona Barrett received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her philanthropic contributions to the senior housing field through the Rona Barrett Foundation and for being one of the most credible and significant entertainment reporters on television since the early 1960's.  HIV Clinical Specialist Dr. Tony Mills was presented with the Ron Gelb Community Service Award for his outstanding work in the field of men's health, HIV treatment and for his leading role in addressing issues of treatment, care and prevention of HIV in the aging population.

Funds raised came from corporate and individual sponsorships and ticket sales, as well as items sold at the silent auction.  Sponsors included Presenting Sponsor GREY® GOOSE Vodka, Mike Mueller Design Inc., Silver Birches, W Hollywood, Capitol Drugs-PowerZone, CRA/LA, NBC Universal, American Airlines, Gabriel Pacheco Flower Design, Dubban Sattler and Associates LLP, ICIO Water, wen by Chaz Dean, Robert Gant, Michigan City Paper Box Company, Ervin Cohen & Jessup, Tibotec Therapeutics, Gary Steinberg Real Estate, Olympia Medical Center, Sun Green Systems, FIJI Water, Cory Franklin & Associates, Carolyn Dye & Hope Faust, Mark Lehman & Gabriel Pacheco, Robert Nichols & Rafael Cosio, Dawn Collins, Esq. & Tracy Lewis.  Media sponsors include Frontiers Publishing, Lesbian News and Chad Hudson Events.  

Entertainment was provided by Fourtissimo String Quartet, The Hilarious Queers of Comedy and a special performance by Upright Cabaret's Jennifer Leigh Warren and Jake Simpson.  Famed Hollywood DJ Derek Monteiro provided his eclectic sound spectacular.

"We are extremely grateful for the tremendous support of the community who came out to support Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing," said Mark Supper, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing.  "The incredible contribution of so many allow us to continue to provide unduplicated services and affordable housing to low-income Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders who need us the most."

Numerous celebrities attended including:

Adam Shankman (Honoree)

Amy Paffrath - E! Entertainment ON Air Talent

Angie Featherstone - Exes & Ohs (Logo)

Ari Stidham - Huge (ABC Family)

Ashley Holiday - Huge (ABC Family)

Ben Patrick Johnson

Bryan T. Donovan -Thintervention

Candis Cayne -Dirty Sexy Money

Chaz Dean (Celebrity Hair Stylist)

Chris Salvatore - Eating Out 3

Dajuan Johnson - Pedro (MTV Movie)

Darryl Stephens - Noah's Arc

Dave Morretti -The Lair (Here! Networks)

Dayna Devon

Drew Seeley - Another Cinderella Story

Dustin Lance Black - Milk

Gale Harold - Queer As Folk

Harvey Guillen - Huge (ABC Family)

Italia Ricci - UnNatural History

Jai Rodriguez - Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!

Jennia Fredrique - Noah's Arc

Jesse Brune (Chefs of Beverly Hills)

Jonah Blechman - Another Gay Movie

Kyan Douglas - Queer Eye For The Straight Guy

Lauren Tom - Men in Trees, Futurama

Michael Walker - Eating Out 3

Michelle Clunie - Queer As Folk

Peter Paige - Queer As Folk

Rachel Dipillo - The Gates (ABC)

Rona Barrett (Honoree)

Robbie Amell - Picture This, True Jackson VP (Nickelodeon)

Robert Gant - Queer As Folk, Caroline in the City

Thea Gill - Queer As Folk, Dantes Cove

Dr. Tony Mills (Honoree)

Thom Bierdz - Young & The Restless

Wes Ramsey - Latter Days, CSI Miami, Charmed

Vincent DePaul

This event was not only a chance for supporters of Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing to come together and take part in an exceptional fund-raising event, but was also an invitation to celebrate and experience the magic of the nation's first affordable housing development and social service agency serving some of the nation's most vulnerable seniors.

Each year, as our senior population grows, countless low-income LGBT seniors are faced with the challenge of securing safe, permanent affordable housing and social services that address their specific concerns and meet their unique needs. GLEH's Comprehensive Housing Care Project is dependent on the contributions and support of the community, private foundations, corporations, individual donors and volunteers.

For photos from the afternoon, including red carpet images, please contact Rafael Cosio, Director of Development at or by calling 323-957-7200.


Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the life experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender seniors by developing affordable housing, providing comprehensive care, and ensuring through advocacy and education, a brighter future for the LGBT elder community.  

For more information about Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, please visit Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing is a 501(c) 3 organization.

SOURCE Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing