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Dorothy Awards a ‘Wicked’ Good Time!

Published May 1, 2008

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5th annual Dorothy Awards logo

On Saturday, March 8 the New Haven Gay & Lesbian Community Center hosted its 5th annual Dorothy Awards. About 100 people attended the dinner and award ceremony in honor of this year’s awardees: Patricia Nicolari (out educator), Vincent Farricielli & Robert Modena (philanthropists), and Another Octave: Connecticut Women’s Chorus (a long standing gay-friendly chorus).

The theme this year was Heart and Courage, and all of the awardees fit into those two terms, whether it be Nicolari’s decision to come out the same time Ellen DeGeneres did on her sitcom, or Farricielli and Modena having the heart to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations across the state.

The night started off with Frank DeMayo, who hosted the event, performing a brief singing number as Elphaba from Wicked, singing about how great it is to get a Dorothy.  DeMayo also appeared as Dorothy during the event, skipping around the auditorium and asking for donations.

Volunteer awards were awarded to Marie Krzeminski and Richie Giordano for their efforts at the Center, as well as a special volunteer award to Paul Keuhn and keha esposito for their years of service.  The new Rising Star award honored a young activist, Joey Ford, who has been extremely active in the Center’s youth group as well as a number of other community organizations.

Deborah Wang and the Fullsound Band added a great touch of class to the event, and kept the music going throughout the night, including keeping the dance floor moving in the later hours.  A large silent auction of 70 items kept things interesing for a large part of the evening, and Keuhn presided over a very successful live auction.

All told the night was an extremely enjoyable success. The evening raised more than double compared to last year’s event, which greatly helps cover day-to-day operational expenses of NHGLCC.

The Center is greatly appreciative of the support of sponsors Yale University, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and Connecticut Fertility Associates, as well as media sponsors Metroline and the New Haven Advocate.

The party isn’t over yet, however.  The 2009 Dorothy Awards date has been set for Saturday, February 28, 2009.  Be sure to save the date now, and keep an eye out for more information this summer about the honorees and ticket pricing information.

If you missed the event, check out the photos on page 9.  We look forward to seeing you in 2009!

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