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Bailey House Holds Annual Gala & Auction

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Thursday Mar 27, 2014

On March 27, Bailey House will hold their 2014 Gala & Auction at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. The Gala will honor the heroism of individuals and organizations that help further the Bailey House mission of providing housing and services for people living with HIV/AIDS and advocating on their behalf.

Honorees include Jason Sheftell, a respected real estate correspondent who changed hearts and minds through his moving articles about Bailey House in The Daily News and whose award will be accepted by his mother, Karen Sheftell, in memory of her late son.

Longtime Bailey House supporter Betsy Lawrence will be honored for her extraordinary commitment to the success of Bailey House's new Behavioral Health Center. Carver Federal Savings Bank will be recognized for helping Bailey House ensure the well-being of the East Harlem community through Bailey House's nutrition assistance program.

And State Senator Brad Hoylman, State Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez and VOCAL-NY will be recognized for their tireless efforts to pass the 30 percent Rent Cap legislation for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Gala will be hosted by Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon, stars of HGTV's "Selling New York" and leaders in New York real estate with CORE.

The storied auction follows the gala and remains one of the hottest parties in town. Featured auction items include a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph; a luxurious stay in a beachside villa in Rio de Janeiro; tickets to the much-anticipated "Cabaret," including a backstage meet-and-greet with actor Alan Cumming; an extraordinary vacation package to Switzerland courtesy of SWISS; a dream getaway to Villa Amor in Mexico and many more fashion, travel, art, home d├ęcor and entertainment items.

Through generous sponsorships, celebrity support and phenomenal auction items, Bailey House has raised more than $15M since its inaugural event in 1988. Lead sponsors of this year's event include Pfizer, Giorgio Armani, Bingham McCutchen, and Mount Sinai Hospital. All proceeds benefit Bailey House programs that help transform the lives of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

For over 30 years, Bailey House has provided a continuum of housing, case management and wraparound support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. As leaders in the field of supportive housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, Bailey House has made connecting clients to care a cornerstone of their services, resulting in an integration of health-related care with community support that empowers clients to make educated choices about their health and well-being.

Bailey House Gala & Auction 2014 begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. Tickets start at $250. For more information, visit

Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women's news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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