25th Annual Women’s Event at Ziegfeld Ballroom

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center honored New York City Leaders and Allies at 25th Annual Women’s Event on Saturday November 5th. Nearly 400 attendees were present for an evening of cocktails, dinner, speeches, and an after party benefiting The Center.

Honorees included activist, nonprofit executive, and politician Elisa Crespo; President of Christopher Street Financial Jen Hatch; and Georgie Greville Jasper, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk Makeup. The sold-out event included a performance by actress and singer Jenn Colella.

Elisa Crespo received the Community Impact Award, and Jen Hatch received the Trailblazer Award. Georgie Greville Jasper accepted the Corporate Impact Award on behalf of Milk Makeup.

Karine Jean-Pierre

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre presented a previously recorded congratulatory message to the audience. Watch her speech here

Glennda Testone, Executive Director of The Center, also addressed the audience.

Since its inception in 1997, the Women’s Event has raised nearly $7.5 million to sustain The Center’s programs and advocacy work, and to keep its doors open year-round.

The Women’s Event has drawn attention to the outstanding achievements of LGBTQ+ women, providing a spotlight for dozens of individuals and organizations who transcend societal obstacles and push for progress to build a better world for the LGBTQ+ community.

Jen Hatch accepting the Trailblazer Award

About The Center

"Established in 1983 as a result of the AIDS crisis, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown and evolved over the last four decades, creating and delivering services that empower people to lead healthy, successful lives. [They] currently operate in-person and virtually, providing recovery and wellness programs, economic advancement initiatives, family and youth support, advocacy, arts and cultural events, and space for community organizing and connection. For more information, please visit gaycenter.org."


Nina Kennedy is a concert pianist, orchestral conductor, and award-winning filmmaker. She holds a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Her memoir, Practicing for Love, is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. The sequel, Practice What You Preach, is available at infemnity.com/shop.


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