On May 8, 2017, Rosie O’Donnell accepted an award at the Family Equality Council ‘s annual “Night at The Pier,” at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in NYC. The Family Equality Council recognized individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to supporting the well-being of LGBTQ families.
Honorees of the Year
This year the honorees included ABC’s groundbreaking series “When We Rise,” and Dr. David Baker-Hargrove. Dr. Baker-Hargrove is the mental health practitioner who coordinated the LGBTQ health services’ response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting last year.
The cast of “When We Rise” opened the show and Rosie O’Donnell accepted the award on their behalf, which was presented by Edie Windsor. The Hostetter-Habib Family Award was presented to Dr. Baker-Hargrove. This award is given annually in honor of Alex Habib, Mark Hostetter, and their family.
Incredible Performances and Cast Members from “When We Rise”
Guests and honorees enjoyed performances by Tony nominees Eva Noblezada from “Miss Saigon,” Rachel Ray Jones from, “Dear Evan Hansen,” Jenn Colella from “Come From Away,” as well as Jennifer Lawrence Thompson. And many cast members from, “When We Rise,” attended this esteemed event including Denis O’Hare, Emily Skeggs, Ivory Aquino, Maddie Corman, Justin Sams, and executive producer Bruce Cohen.
The event also attracted a star-studded list of attendees including Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, LGBTQ rights activist Edie Windsor, and her partner Judith M. Kasen-Windsor, writer and producer Isabel Rose, playwright of “Indecent” Paula Vogel, chief marketing officer at Condé Nast Pamela Drucker Mann, and producer and honorary chair Daryl Roth. Additional notable attendees included theater producer Jordan Roth, theatrical producer Richie Jackson, and executive V.P. of the Nederlander Organization and honorary chair Nick Scandolios.
Sponsors of the Event
Sponsors of this event included Toys R Us, Nederlander, the McGill Caiola Family, Steven & Daryl Roth & Family, Christopher Street Financial, Target, HBO, ITG, Viacom, The Shubert Organization, Broadway Cares, The John Gore Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters, Katia Bouazza & Primavera Salvá, and Valerie & Jay Brown. Rosie O’Donnell was also a sponsor of “Night at the Pier.”
The Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in the United States, along with their six million children. Through attitude and policies, the Council is working to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated. To find out more visit about the next chapter of its work, visit the Family Equality Council website.