PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mazzoni Center is proud to announce that its annual celebration and fundraiser, Elixir: the Cure for the Common Gala, will take place on Saturday, May 17 at the Wells Fargo Bank and Museum (123 S. Broad Street) from 7:00-10:00 P.M., with a special VIP reception from 5:30-7:00 P.M. Each year this lively and inspiring event raises funds to support Mazzoni Center's mission of providing quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals they serve. This year the agency is proud to welcome special guest performer Lea DeLaria, the distinguished jazz musician, actor, and stand-up comic who was the first openly gay comedian to appear on late-night television in 1993. DeLaria, who is currently featured in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, will deliver her unique mix of stand-up comedy and musical performance, focusing on traditional and modern be-bop jazz.
Tickets for Elixir are on sale now at: www.mazzonicenter.org.
In keeping with this year's theme of "OUT is the New IN," Mazzoni Center will recognize four distinguished individuals at the event whose achievements across a range of professions and commitment to being open about who they are have made an impact within the LGBT communities and paved the way for others. This year's honorees include: Robb Reichard, Executive Director of Philadelphia's AIDS Fund, which is the largest private funder of AIDS services in Delaware Valley, and produces the popular monthly fundraiser GayBINGO, as well as the annual AIDS Walk Philly, now in its 28th year; State Representative Brian K. Sims of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives, 182nd Legislative District, a distinguished policy attorney and civil rights advocate who made national headlines when he became the first openly gay person elected to legislative office in Pennsylvania history in 2012.
Also being honored are: Anita Radix, MD, Senior Director of Research and Education at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, which has a 40-year history of providing health care and related services for LGBT individuals; and Margaret Stumpp, PhD, Senior Advisor for Quantitative Management Associates, LLC, a business of Prudential, Inc. who was the first employee to undergo gender transition on the job at Prudential in 2001.
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