Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing presented its 9th annual GArden Party at the historic Petitfils-Boos Estate in the exclusive Hancock Park section of Los Angeles. The event which serves as the organizations largest fundraising and awareness effort honored long-time GLEH supporters Filmmaker Adam Shankman, HIV/AIDS Clinical Specialist Dr. Tony Mills and legendary television entertainment reporter Rona Barrett.

Founded in 2001, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) is a non-profit organization committed to constructing and maintaining high-quality affordable residential communities that provide a safe nurturing environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

GLEH is the outgrowth of a community organization called the Alliance for Diverse Aging Community Services (A-DACS). A-DACS was a community-based group started under the fiscal management of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (LAGLC) with a $90,000 grant received from the Aging with Dignity Initiative established by Governor GRay Davis in the 2000-01 state budget. The Governor's initiative included the administration of a grants program which would develop alternatives to nursing homes. The one-time startup funds challenged organizations to develop programs which could be sustained and replicated. A-DACS was responsible for addressing the unique needs & challenges of the aging LGBT population by: identifying gaps of services available to LGBT older adults; developing a plan for a full-range of services - including housing - for LGBT elders; and building a collaboration of service providers by conducting "sensitivity trainings" dealing with issues faced by LGBT elders.

Sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka, The GArden Party drew over 600 ticketed guests and a number of familiar faces from the entertainment industry including presenter Oscar winning Writer/Director Dustin Lance Black, Jesse Tyler Ferguson from ABC's Modern Family, Carmen Elekra, cast members from Showtime's Queer As Folk including Michelle Clunie, Thea Gill, Peter Paige, Robert Gant and Gale Harold, cast members from NBC's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy including Kyan Douglas and Jai Rodriguez and many more.

Entertainment was provided by L.A. based Upright Cabaret with special performances by Jennifer Leigh Warren (Little Shop of Horrors, Big River, Marie Christine) and Jake Simpson (Star Search Grand Chapion, Oprah Winfrey favorite) with Music Director Brett Ryback.

For more information about Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing, please visit www.gleh.org

Photos by Brian Putnam

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Oscar winning Writer/Director Dustin Lance Black

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Oscar winning Writer/Director Dustin Lance Black

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
GLEH honoree Director Adam Shankman

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
GLEH GArden Party Celebrity Host Robert Gant

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Noah's Arc star Darryl Stephens

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Honoree Dr. Tony Mills with Nadia Sutton

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Honoree Dir. Adam Shankman with Oscar winning Writer Dustin Lance Black

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Honoree Dir. Adam Shankman with Oscar winning Writer Dustin Lance Black

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Queer As Folk cast members and GLEH supporters Thea Gill, Peter Paige, Michelle Clunie, Robert Gant, and Gale Harold

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
GLEH supporter and Queer As Folk cast member Thea Gill

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Honoree Dr. Tony Mills and Robert Gant with GLEH supporters

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
GLEH Honoree Rona Barrett with Robert Gant

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
GLEH Honoree Rona Barrett with GLEH supporters

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Upright Cabaret producer Chris Isaacson with Music Director Brett Ryback, Broadway veteran Jennifer Leigh Warren and Star Search powerhouse Jake Simpson

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Music Director Brett Ryback and Upright Cabaret producer Chris Isaacson

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Broadway Diva Jennifer Leigh Warren

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Broadway Diva Jennifer Leigh Warren

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Star Search Grand Champion Jake Simpson

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Queer Eye's Jai Rodriguez and LBGT celebrity Candis Cayne

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Guests were greeted by the GLEH Orchestra!

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
GLEH supporters Bryan Stinson, Mark Stoelting, Jonah Blechman and Dir. Guy Shalem

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Oscar winning Writer/Director Dustin Lance Black with GLEH resident

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Darryl Stephens and Robert Gant at GLEH's GArden Party

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Christopher Street West's Sam Borelli and GLEH supporter

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Hollywood DJ Derek Monteiro

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Robert Gant and Kyan Douglas at GLEH's GArden Party

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Ben Patrick Johnson with Jennifer Leigh Warren

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Noah Blechman, Thea Gill and Peter Paige at GLEH GArden Party

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Peter Paige at GLEH GArden Party

Photo Coverage: 9th annual GLEH Garden Party honoring Adam Shankman and Rona Barrett
Grey Goose Vodka proudly sponsors GLEH's GArden Party




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