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Annual Cipriani Wall Street dinner raises $2 million for West 13th community center

Actor and writer Lena Waithe, one of the evening’s honoree.
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At the LGBT Community Center’s annual dinner, held April 18 at Cipriani Wall Street, the West 13th Street institution honored out lesbian actor and writer Lena Waithe, who won a 2017 Emmy for her writing for the Netflix series “Master of None”; CNN out gay anchor Don Lemon; Google, which donated a $1 million toward the Center’s work on oral histories related to the Stonewall National Monument; and Lloyd Blankfein, senior chairman of Goldman Sachs, whom the Center identified as being the first major CEO to come out against the Defense of Marriage Act.

The evening drew 800 guests and raised approximately $2 million for the Center’s programming.

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who was honored.
The crowd of roughly 800 at Cipriani’s Wall Street.
State Assemblymember Dick Gottfried and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
Freddy Perez, one of the evening’s client speakers.
Transgender activist and model Gina Rocero, who opened the evening.
Peter Chao and his partner Jeffrey Trachtman, who does pro bono legal work for the Center.
Center executive director Glennda Testone.
Guests Edward Padron, James LaForce, and Kevin Herzog.
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and her wife, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Filmmaking partners David France and Joy Tomchin.
Torrence Boone, vice president at Google, which was honored at the event.
Guests Alan Gilmer, Claire Shanley, and her wife Heather Haliday.
Lloyd Blankfein, senior chairman of Goldman Sachs.
Updated 8:45 pm, April 19, 2019
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