(L-R) Tami Sortman, Carrie Jacobs and Scott Barnes present an award to Ingrid Abrams for her longtime service to the Attic Youth Center.
On Saturday, more than 600 leaders and members of the Philadelphia LGBT community gathered at the Crystal Tea Room for The Attic Youth Center (AYC) 20th Anniversary Gala. Organizers did an extraordinary job putting together a sold-out night that included moving performances by AYC youth, an award ceremony, live auction, dinner and dancing. Here are some of the biggest highlights:
- After accepting his Exceptional Leadership Award, Philly attorney David Topel donated $20,000 to AYC’s Executive Director Dr. Carrie Jacobs to continue the work she does at the Center.
- Alex Newell, the singer who canceled his appearance last minute, still accepted his award via a video message from the set of Glee. I guess he thought he could make up for his no-show by including hunky Darren Criss in on the video. I wasn’t complaining.
- Jai Rodriguez, who filled in last minute for Newell. accepted The Attic Angel Award and performed Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side.” He posed with pictures throughout the night with his hunky man piece, Michael, a bartender from Seattle.
- Reality star Omarosa presided over the live auction.
- Brian Sims — who’s working on some serious mutton chops — still reeling from his Out100 mention.
- The house band, the Sid Miller Dance Band, was amazing. We danced till midnight to lots of fab covers, including some Whitney gems.
See our photos of the evening — all taken by Ian Watson — in the slideshow below.
Jai Rodriguez. his date, Michael and Steph Graziosi.
Alyssa Mutryn and Shay Selden
Jay Segal, Dan Clifford, Malcolm Lazin and Jonathan Weinhold
Tavern on Camac musician Dena Underwood and band
Dave Huting , Mark Bradford, David Schellenberg and Joe Audi
Brian Coyle, Ben Haney and Malcom Lazin
Attic Youth Isaiah Freeman and DeAngelo Cameron
Alexander Kacala, Brian Sims, Ryan Hummel and
Ryan Hummel, Omarosa, Franny Price, Brian Sims and Chris Hall
Philly Gay Pride's Franny Price, Tami Sortman and Steph Graziosi
Tommy Atz and DeAngelo Cameron
Alexander Lopez, Omarosa and Alyssa Mutryn
Cody Berkeley, Connor Senning and Miles Yeung
Bill Adair and Christopher Bartlett
Pink Pub Crawl's Will Steigerwald and Justin Bain
Rex Rogosch and Wayne Knaub
Dana Brown, Robb Reichard and Kevin Blanton
Michael Braunstein, Chatterblast's Matthew Ray, Ben Haney, unidentified and
Heidi Gonzalez and Blaine Taylo
Dena DiNardo, Angela Giampolo, Lauren Vidas and Sarah Blazucki
Omarosa with Attic Youth and Staff
Robert Huff and R.J. Bernocco
Scott Barnes, Jai Rodriguez and Carrie Nork Minelli
Unidentified gals sitting pretty
GALAEI's Elicia Gonzales and Megan Hannah
Mazzoni Center Executive Director Perry Monastero and Tommy Atz
Fabian DeJesus, Chris Hall, Sharon Cooks, Marcus Berry
The Sid Miller Dance Band
Lisa Dumin and Jennifer Dumin
Guests open the awards section of the Gala by dancing to a performance by the Sid Miller Dance Band.
Carrie Jacobs, executive director of the Attic Youth Center
The youth of the Attic Youth Center take the floor to applause from the crowd.
Crowd (including local paparazzo HughE Dillon (left)
The crowd watches a short film about the stories of the youth at the Attic Youth Center.
Bill Adair, president of the Board of Directors of the Attic Youth Center.
Bill Adair presents a Key Supporter shirt created by Attic Graffix to Howard Ungerleider, executive vice president of the Dow Chemical Company.
The crowd watches an address by Mayor Michael Nutter, who was unable to make the Gala.
Jim Donovan, of CBS 3 Philadelphia, served as the master of ceremonies.
Tami Sortman, Carrie Jacobs and Scott Barnes present an award to Ingrid Abrams for her longtime service to the Attic Youth Center.
Members of the Attic Youth Center applaud Abrams as she receives her award.
Carrie Jacobs presents Alex Newell with the OK2BU award for being a positive role model in the queer community. Unfortunately, Newell was unable to make it to the Gala, due to being called back for overtime filming of the show Glee.
Carrie Jacobs, Tami Sortman and Scott Barnes present an award to Attic Youth Center Founding Board President David Topel, who stops to dance on stage.
David Topel and Carrie Jacobs, after Topel donated $20,000 to the Attic Youth Center in honor of its 20th anniversary.
David Topel poses with his Exceptional Leadership Award.
Jai Rodriguez of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy accepts an award from Carrie Jacobs, Scott Barnes and Tami Sortman.
Scott Barnes, co-chair of the Attic Gala committee, gives a short speech after accepting a surprise award.
Jai Rodriguez performed "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry and "Dark Side" by Kelly Clarkson.
Dancing and celebration accompanies a performance by the Sid Miller Dance Band to end the night.