SAN DIEGO – Aug. 22, 2016 – The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) and the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) hosted the popular “Reunion on the Bay” fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2015 on the Bay View Lawn at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina at 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Proceeds from the event provide a $30,000 grant to the San Diego LGBT Community Center for their Senior Resource program, and the remaining proceeds are given throughout the year as part of the SDHDF’s Aging with Dignity initiative.
At the fifth annual Reunion Party, 225 guests enjoyed a silent auction, hosted bar, gourmet food and live entertainment, including cabaret performances by the Imperial Court de San Diego and special guest star, comedienne and actress, Judy Tenuta. Tenuta, also known as “The Aphrodite of the Accordion” and the “Love Goddess,” has been seen on television shows, including “The View,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Larry King Live,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Comics Unleashed.”
The Senior Services at The Center program provides an inclusive community for LGBT seniors ranging from ages 50 to 90 years old. Senior Services – 50 and Better Together – strives to create a safe space where those 50 years and “better” will have access to important resources and referrals regarding health care, social services, and community activities. Reasons why funding for local LGBT seniors is important include that they are at a higher risk for a lack of access to healthcare and basic needs, at a higher risk for discrimination at the hands of healthcare and social service providers, as well as they are at a higher risk of abuse and neglect by healthcare providers and family members.
About Judy Tenuta
Also known as “The Aphrodite of the Accordion” and the “Love Goddess,” Judy Tenuta was the first woman to win Best Female Comedienne at the American Comedy Awards in 1987. Noted for her brash onstage persona and alternating insult comedy, she has appeared in shows from “The Vagina Monologues” to “Menopause The Musical.” Her standup specials have aired on Showtime, HBO and Lifetime, and she was featured as the national spokesperson for a series of Diet Dr. Pepper commercials. Tenuta has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on television shows, including “The View,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” Larry King Live,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “Comics Unleashed.” A two-time Grammy Award nominee, Tenuta’s comedy albums include “Attention Butt-Pirates and Lesbetarians!” and “In Goddess We Trust.” She has also starred in two independent films, including “Going Down In La-La Land” and “Gibsonberg,” and has been seen on “General Hospital,” “Corey In The House,” and “Material Girls.”
About the SDHDF’s Aging with Dignity Initiative
In response to growing concern from the community, SDHDF launched the Aging with Dignity Initiative to address the disparities in services and resources for LGBT seniors throughout San Diego County. The Initiative aims to identify needs and resources throughout San Diego County, and build an endowment to fund the current and future needs of local LGBT seniors. This year, 40 percent of the Reunion Party’s proceeds will assist in the funding of The Center’s vital servies, including case managed referrals for healthcare, social services and community activities. The other 40 percent of the proceeds will go into the Aging with Dignity Initiative Fund and the remaining 20 percent of the proceeds will support the general operations of SDHDF.
Funding for LGBT seniors is important. LGBT seniors are are at a higher risk for a lack of access to healthcare and basic needs, and are at a higher risk for discrimination at the hands of healthcare and social service providers. They are also at a higher risk of abuse and neglect by healthcare providers and family members.
About the San Diego LGBT Community Center
The mission of The San Diego LGBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community; empower community members; provide essential resources; advocate for civil and human rights; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity. For more information, visit www.thecentersd.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.
About the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), which will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2016, is the sole community foundation in the San Diego region dedicated to the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. SDHDF funds programs and projects that promote equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and above all else, human dignity. We work to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership. The organization nurtures philanthropic giving to support LGBT people and address important issues such as aging, arts and culture, health and wellness, youth and families, and civil rights. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.