Charities

 

ASTEP – Artists Striving to End Poverty Believing that exposure to the arts is essential to children’s academic and social success, the professional artists of ASTEP transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they have—their art. ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS As the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, BC/EFA awards annual grants to over 490 AIDS and family service organizations around the country.  Since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Human Rights Campaign The largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, HRC represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — advocating on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizing grassroots actions in diverse communities, investing strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educating the public about LGBT issues.

Brady Campaign to Prevent  Gun Violence The Brady Campaign works to create a safer America for all of us by leading the public conversation on policy that will save the most lives, and public health and safety programs that aim to dramatically reduce gun deaths and injuries without impacting anyone’s Second Amendment right to own guns. There are 32 gun murders and 90 gun deaths in our communities and homes every day.

City Harvest Rescues and delivers over 42 million pounds of food a year, delivering it to nearly 600 emergency food programs, helping feed more than one million New Yorkers who face hunger each year

God’s Love We Deliver Prepares and delivers nutritious, high-quality meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. All of GLWD’s services are provided free of charge without regard to income.

Sing For Hope Connects an “artists’ peace corps” of more than 1,000 volunteers from almost every artistic discipline with under-resourced schools, healthcare facilities, and community-based organizations, enabling the power of art to reach millions of people and making the arts accessible to all.

New York Restoration Project is dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.

The TREVOR Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth

Equality Utah The state’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. Equality Utah leads efforts for LGBT civil rights at the state and local levels through lobbying legislators and other elected and appointed officials; sponsoring bills and opposing negative legislation; building coalitions; and empowering individuals and other organizations to engage in the legislative process.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force works to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.  The Task Force does this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing misinformation.

The Names Project/The AIDS Memorial Quilt More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.  The Quilt was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the largest community art project in the world. A memorial, a tool for education and a work of art, the Quilt is a unique creation, an uncommon and uplifting response to the tragic loss of human life.

I also support my alumni organizations at Tonkawa High School, Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University, the University of Southern California, the Music Academy of the West and the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera.

And I support the organizations for whom I work:  Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and Utah Symphony|Utah Opera.

Drink of the Month

Mojito

  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 2 oz white rum
  • club soda

In a glass, muddle lime juice with sugar, add mint and mush against the sides of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 full with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Top off with club soda. Garnish with a lime.