In celebration of New York’s Pride Month, party producer Jake Resnicow is launching ‘Pride With A Purpose’. He is calling for the LGBTQ community to volunteer at least eight hours of their time this month for a charitable LGBTQ cause. In exchange, he will give a free weekend pass to his Pride events, including Matinée Main Event, M.E.A.T and Luvboat, a $600 value.
“The Pulse Nightclub shooting was a wake up call,” he says. “It challenged us to consider how we can help make this world a safer place for the community.”
“It’s important that our guests understand that we have a history of being discrim- inated against and repressed. Violence against the LGBTQ community is on the rise. The ‘Pride With A Purpose’ program is about empowering people to do more, to donate their time and resources.”
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Those interested in participating in ‘Pride With A Purpose’ may volunteer for any LGBTQ charity, including the Ali Forney Center, the world’s largest agency that supports homeless LGBTQ youth. They serve over 150,000 meals annually, pro- viding youth with three nutritious meals per day.
Another worthy cause is The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults. They are actively seeking volunteers for their TrevorLIVE event on Monday, June 19th.
Once a volunteer has completed their eight hours, they may email documented proof to firstname.lastname@example.org. They can then choose between the Ultra VIP Weekend Pass (includes admittance to Matinée, M.E.A.T. and Luvboat parties) or the Millennial Pass (includes admittance to Penthaus, U-Nite and Luvboat par- ties).
“My hope is that the initial eight hours impacts participants in such a way that they are motivated to continue volunteering,” says Resnicow.
Jake Resnicow is the leading nightlife producer behind a series of monthly mega- events in New York City, including M.E.A.T., U-NITE and VERS. In 2010, he brought the international Matinée party to the USA with events in New York, Miami, Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego.
This year, he has made a name for himself as a party-giving philanthropist. As the producer behind the annual TrevorLive After-Party, a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center and the It Gets Better Project, Resnicow has helped raise over $2 million for charitable causes. Most recently, he was tapped to produce the Offi- cial After-Party spectacle at Life Ball — Europe’s Grandest Philanthropic Event for HIV/AIDS.
“We can make a living by what we receive, but we make a life by what we give, “ he says.
The Pentaus rooftop party takes place Friday, June 23 11pm – 4am at Copa (268 W 47th St, NYC); Matinee Main Event is Friday, June 23 11:30pm – 6am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); U-Nite takes place Saturday, June 24 11pm – 6am at Stage 48 (605 W 48th St, NYC); M.E.A.T takes place Saturday, June 24 11:30pm – 6:30am at King (237 W 42nd St, NYC); and Luvboat takes place Sun- day, June 25 6pm – 11pm at Hornblower (Pier 40, NYC).
For more information, visit the ‘Pride With A Purpose’ website.