BIlly Porter

New York, New York - Bailey House will host its 31st annual Gala & Auction on March 7, 2019, at Chelsea Piers’ Pier Sixty. The event honors the heroic dedication of the individuals and allies who help further the Bailey House mission of providing housing and essential services to those affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

2019 Gala Awards Honorees:

Daniel Beauchemin, CEO of Chelsea Frames, official framing partner of the auction for more than two decades - Rand Skolnick Social Responsibility Award

Charles Pavarini III, Founder and President of Pavarini Design, and Alan Tanksley, President of Alan Tanksley Inc., who have both served as longtime leaders and champions for the Bailey House Gala & Auction and the mission of the organization - Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy Award.

Billy Porter, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning actor, singer, director, and composer, who has been a fierce and relentless activist championing the rights and amplifying the voices of LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS affected communities - Rodger McFarlane Social Justice Award.

Award presenters include: Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and director, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and AD 100 interior designer stars Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton.

VIP Gala Reception: 6:00 pm

Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation: 6:30 pm

Bailey House Auction, Celebration Party and Entertainment: 7:00 – 10:00 pm

(Live Auction: 8:30 pm)

The auction features items such as a stay at the Nomad Las Vegas; VIP tickets to the taping of the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race with a meet and greet; tickets for “AC2: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen” in New York City, with a backstage meet and greet with AC2; luxury resort vacation stays in Costa Rica and Puerto Vallarta; coffee with Ira Glass, host and executive producer of This American Life; a wide variety of luxury home decor items and accessories; and a robust selection of art and photography including works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, Duane Michals, and an oil-portrait sitting with Mark Beard.

New York Cottages & Gardens is the presenting media sponsor. Kathleen McGivney and Dan Scheffey serve as the Gala & Auction Chairs.

2019 Event Sponsors: Betsy & Hunt Lawrence; Pfizer, Inc; Daniel Beauchemin; Stephen Henderson & James LaForce; Manhattan Mini Storage; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Alan Tanksley, Inc.; Joy Tomchin; Tim Allis & Jeffery McCullough; BNB Bank; Sarah Boles & David Norris; Jeff Jacques, MD; Jaguar Land Rover Long Island; Jennifer Lacks Kaplan; Mount Sinai; RedBar Group; and Benjamin Moore serves as the official paint sponsor.

The Auction Committee: Susan Anthony; Daniel Beauchemin; Ivy Brown; Philip Caggiano; Ann Cohen; John Eason; Matt Farber; Nathaniel Galka; Jeff Gardner; Rose Hittmeyer; Jodi Imburgia; Arthur Korant; Laura Krey; Carl Lana; Elizabeth Leifer; Bill Lenio; Evan Levy; Jason Lowe; Corrin Mays; Kathleen McGivney; Philippe Meyersohn; Jessica Moe; Charles Pavarini III; Elizabeth Sadoff; David Santiago; Dan Scheffey; Judie Swanson; Alan Tanksley; J. Randall Tarasuk; Maggie Vergara; and Kathleen Walsh.

2019 Host Committee: John Bartlett; Jonathan Bodrick; Harlan Bratcher and Toby Usnik; Jim Brawders and Rick Livingston; Bill Butler and Calvin Bates; Stephen Cirona; Andy Cohen; Kendell Cronstrom and Alejandro Saralegui; Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer; Raul Esparza; David France; Susan Gallin; Michael and Laurie Gelman; Whoopi Goldberg; Alexa Hampton and Pavlos Papageorgiou; Kate Hampton and David Breitbarth; Stephen Henderson and James LaForce; Chris Herrmann and Joseph Lorino; Peter Kunz; Tom Leonardis; Belle McIntyre; Doug Meyer and Mead Ali; Brian Stokes Mitchell and Allyson Tucker Mitchell; David Mixner; Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich; Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb; Robert Passal; Adam Porter-Smith; Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon; Ricki Roer; Howard Rosenman; Sara Tanksley and Edie and William Clark; Erich Theophile and Steven Yee; JD Thompson; and Scott Treimel.

Since the first Bailey House Auction in 1988, the annual event has raised over $16 million. All proceeds benefit Bailey House programs that help to positively impact and transform the lives of low-income New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

About Bailey House: For 35 years, Bailey House has been a leader in providing housing and essential support services to individuals and families with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. A subsidiary of Housing Works, Bailey House operates a service center in East Harlem offering OMH- and OASAS-licensed behavioral health clinics, Health Home care management, a food pantry, and expanded housing resources to include scatter-site and transitional units for a variety of populations, including U.S. military veterans and young adults, in addition to those with HIV/AIDS.