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Garland birthday: ‘Night of A Thousand Judys’ to benefit Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth

On what would be Judy Garland’s 92nd birthday Tuesday, New York theater and cabaret publicist Dan Fortune announces he is producing a "Night of A Thousand Judys” art auction benefiting Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth.

This year’s auction accompanies an all-star concert to be held June 16 in Manhattan.

“For the second year, we have asked visual artists from different mediums to create and donate an original interpretation of Judy Garland. The works will be sold via silent auction at the event and all proceeds will go directly to the Ali Forney Center,” Fortune says. The online auction is now live.

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Participants this year include Robert Risko, the longtime Vanity Fair illustrator, Olympia Zagnoli from The New York Times and Samantha Hahn, creator of Well Read Women, in addition to a custom Judy t-shirt by Deer Dana, whose pieces have been worn by Jay-Z and been featured in Vogue, Fader, Elle and more (www.deerdana.com).

Last year’s auction included custom-made pieces by Tommy Tune, Charles Busch, and Robert W. Richards, in addition to rising talent in the art world.

Participating performers so far include Grammy Award nominated jazz star Jane Monheit, R&B/Disco legend Sarah Dash (LaBelle), “Queer as Folk” star Randy Harrison, Tony Award nominee Rory O’Malley from The Book of Mormon, Broadway leading ladies Sierra Boggess (Phantom of the Opera), Alison Fraser (Gypsy), Julia Murney (Wicked) and Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray), pop singer Karen Wyman, jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein and folk-rock singer/songwriter Erin McKeown, plus a special appearance from Austin Scarlett of “Project Runway.”

In previous years, our sold-out concerts were headlined by performers such as Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin Vivian Bond, Madeleine Peyroux, Tonya Pinkins, Nellie McKay, Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Bridget Everett, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Howard McGillin, Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Karen Akers, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan, Frank DeCaro among many others.

Last June’s event raised over $20,000 and we’re trying to double that number for 2014. The 2013 show was called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by The Wall Street Journal and 2012’s was praised as “stupendous, extraordinary and hilarious” by The Village Voice.

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