Party Pics: 2015 Emery Awards

Chris Salgardo (President of Kiehl's USA), HMI CEO Thomas Krever, Teddy & Melissa Sears

Hetrick-Martin  Institute  (HMI),  the  nation’s  oldest  and  largest  LGBTQ youth  service  organization,  held  its   2015  Emery  Awards  annual  gala  on  Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm at Cipriani Wall Street. This year’s theme was “The Future”. The annual event  honors  individuals  and  organizations  that  exemplify  HMI’s  mission  of  providing  a safe and supportive environment for all young people regardless of their sexual orientation
or gender identity.

Hosted  by  Tamron  Hall,  co-host  of  the  third  hour  of  NBC  News’  TODAY  and  anchor  of MSNBC’s  MSNBC Live,  this  year’s  HMI  Emery  Awards  honored  executive  producer and host of “Watch What Happens Live”, Andy Cohen, Chris Salgardo (President, Kiehl’s USA), and the 2014-2015 Broadway production of Hedwig and The Angry Inch.

The evening featured Tony Award winner Lena Hall performing a tributary homage to the much beloved and world-renowned musical phenomenon. The Emery Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the LGBTQ community and those who work to address some of the most critical issues affecting HMI youth, namely the prevention  of  HIV/AIDS,  housing  and  homelessness  support,  education, and  health & wellness.

As an active supporter of a huge range of LGBTQ causes and charities, and the only openly gay talk show host on late night television, Andy Cohen is the epitome of an overarching role  model  to  LGBTQ  youth.  His  distinguished  career  and  dedication  to  the  community demonstrates  unequivocally  that thriving  professionally  and  personally  as  an  openly  gay man in this world is well within reach.

Through  personal  dedication  and  persistence  on  multiple  fronts,  Kiehl’s  Since  1851 USA President and  MANMADE  author  Chris Salgardo  is  an  undeniable  voice  and  advocate  for progress.  He  has  led  the  beauty  industry  toward  not  only  allowing,  but  also  generating supportive  and  creative  ways  to  further  propel  our  society’s  movement  toward  full equality. Actor and LifeRider Teddy Sears presented his award.

Itself a story of transformation and self-discovery, paralleling a major part of the work done by HMI, the 2014 –  2015  Broadway  production  of Hedwig & The Angry Inch raised  $590,000 for the organization. This generous act of love follows in the show’s creative team’s footsteps of a long history  of  contributing  to  HMI, through  the  2003 Tribute  album  “Wig  in a  Box”. For  this substantial contribution to HMI’s funding, they received special recognition.

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