Truth Wins Out held its first New York City benefit last Friday and raised more than $10,000 to fight religious extremism and the ex-gay myth. Philanthropist Henry van Ameringen, who pledged $25,000 this year, hosted the event. The elegant party drew more than 50 people who braved a messy snowstorm that turned the city’ streets into frozen slush.

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of Henry van Ameringen and we thank him for hosting a delightful evening that introduced Truth Wins Out to new supporters,” said TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen.

A highlight of the event was a $5,000 contribution from Tom Viola, Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This organization mobilizes the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. It also facilitates the fundraising capabilities of the theatre community for other charitable organizations.

“It was quite an honor to receive this unexpected gift from Tom Viola and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” said TWO’ Besen. “They do such amazing work and we are proud to be a recipient of their legendary benevolence.”

Truth Wins Out also expressed its gratitude today for those who served on the host committee and ensured a successful evening despite the inclement weather. The host committee includes: Ted Snowdon, John Berendt, Sean Strub, Anabel Evora, Mike Wilke, David Mixner, William Kapfer, Ph.D, Gene Stone, Glen Shadix and Lisa Darden.

One special guest was Moses, a gay Ugandan who spoke out at the National Press Club in February against his country’ Anti-Homosexuality bill. He was joined by Patrick McAlvey, who appeared in a Truth Wins Out video discussing his unpleasant experience in an Exodus ex-gay ministry.

If you were not at the benefit but would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Truth Wins Out, please send a check to:

33 West 19th Street, Fourth Floor, NY, NY 10011

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