CELEBRATING MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN NEW YORK

Marriage Equality New York Announces its 13th Annual Gala

New York City — May 4, 2011 Marriage Equality New York (“MENY”
www.meny.us) announced today preliminary details of their 13th Annual
Supporter’s Gala on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 pm. Taking place at the
rooftop garden terrace of the offices of advertising giant, Ogilvy &
Mather (located at 636 11th Avenue in Manhattan), the gala is the
grassroots organization’s signature event and largest fundraiser of
the year, drawing a diverse crowd of hundreds of activists,
supporters, celebrities, and politicians to raise awareness and
support for marriage equality for same-sex couples in New York State.

Ron Zacchi, MENY’s Executive Director, spoke about the Gala recently,
“MENYs 13th annual gala is a testament to our organization’s
commitment to being the voice for the community activists in the
marriage equality movement.  We thank all our supporters for
continuing to advocate for marriage equality in New York State.”

With marriage equality at the forefront of political battles
nationwide, MENY had been leading the charge in New York. Drawing
support from celebrities and influencers, including Carson Kressley,
Del Shores (creator of Sordid Lives), Jason Dottley, Nick Adam
(co-star of Broadway’s Priscilla), Robbie Cronrod and Allen Artcliff
(Love At First Wink contestants in Crate & Barrel’s Ultimate Wedding
Contest), Adam Bouska & Jeff Parshely (A-list fashion photographer &
creators, NOH8 Campaign), Bil Browning (The Bilerico Project), Ryan
Nickulas & Desmond P. Smith (from Logo TV’s A-List reality show) and
Claire Buffie (reigning Miss New York who brought gay rights to the
Miss America Organization), Marriage Equality New York will also use
the evening’s festivities to recognize trailblazers in the arena of
marriage equality.

“It is my great pleasure to announce the recipients MENY will honor
with our Trailblazer Awards at the Gala, which will be hosted by Hedda
Lettuce: In entertainment, actress Michelle Clunie; in media, Paul
Schindler, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Gay City News; in law,
Edith “Edie” Windsor, Roberta Kaplan, Esq. (of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,
Wharton & Garrison, LLP), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU); in politics, the
Honorable Diane J. Savino, New York State Senate; and in community,
activists Andy and Penelope Hort” stated Cathy Marino-Thomas, MENY’s
President.

Attracting a who’s who of New York society, Hollywood and the
political worlds, tickets for the A-list event are available for
purchase via MENY’s website at www.meny.us/gala. A VIP cocktail hour,
which includes performances by Lea Delaria and David Raleigh, will
kick off the event at 6:30pm. The awards ceremony will be hosted by
Hedda Lettuce and begin around 8:30pm.

For those interested in sponsorship, donorship and advertising
opportunities, email Peter Frank at pcfrank@meny.us or call him at
914-417-9579. For press inquiries, contact Tamara Walker at
347.827.1284 or via email at tamara@nyprdiva.net.

ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY NEW YORK (MENY)

MENY was founded over a decade ago and is the oldest grassroots
organization in the state of New York dedicated solely to achieving
marriage equality for same-sex couples. The organization is a
registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, boasting over 7,000
members. Most recently, MENY was instrumental in bringing 250+
pro-marriage activists to Albany to educate the New York Senate on why
marriage equality matters.

With local chapters throughout New York State, MENY is leading the
fight for equality. Our record of helping educate local and state
politicians and candidates to support equal marriage rights
legislation, and our continuing work through coalition building,
public education seminars, political actions, and media campaigns
keeps us at the forefront of the marriage equality debate, and
establishes us as the “go-to” organization for marriage equality in
the state of New York.

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