“I’m proud of myself that I started this almost 24 years ago and that I’ve stuck with it,” Kalinsky told Footwear News. “It is very difficult and it’s all about doing good.”
Andrew Rannells, known for his roles in “Girls”and “The New Normal,” hosted the event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum that ended with a men’s runway show. Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey was also in attendance to present Peter Staley with the 2016 Jeffrey Cares Leadership Award. All proceeds from the event benefited ACRIA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Lambda Legal.
— Andrew Rannells (@AndrewRannells) April 5, 2016
The event — established in 1992 in Atlanta and in 2003 in New York — was created to increase awareness and to support charity organizations supporting LGBT civil rights, HIV prevention and research and education for LGBT youth.
Even after raising more that $11 million for both the New York and Atlanta organizations over 20 years, Kalinsky wants more support.
“We as a society and we as an industry can always do a better job in trying to give back,” he said.
Guests of the event included Paul Andrew, Prabal Gurung, Brandon Maxwell, Steven Kolb and Thom Browne.