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posted Friday, October 18, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 42
ECHOES, a benefit for the AMP, raises over $60K in an evening of solace and music
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ECHOES, a benefit for the AMP, raises over $60K in an evening of solace and music

by MK Scott - SGN Contributing Writer

ECHOES
THE MOORE THEATRE
October 14


The BIG fundraiser, ECHOES, a benefit for the AIDS Memorial Pathway project, happened this past Monday evening (10/14) at the Moore Theatre.

The lower level was packed with Seattle's LGBTQ elite and it was a great evening to see old friends and remember the friends who are no longer with us.

Like the memorial it is ushering in, ECHOES was a celebration of life and collective memories, while also standing as a call to action. It's the next step in honoring both our past and our future.

Hosted by former KIRO reporter Micki Flowers the night featured performances by the Showtunes Band & Ensemble, Billie Wildrick, Whim W'Him, Alexandria Henderson, Justin Huertas, with a very subdued finale by the Seattle Men's Chorus & The Seattle Women's Chorus.

Bill Hall, DeAunté Damper, Pat Migliore, and Steven Parsons shared personal stories and recounted their experiences of the diverse communities affected by the epidemic.

SGN publisher and editor-in-chief and AMP Advisory Committee member George Bakan said, 'I haven't had more fun in years. It was an excellent talent variety show, carefully organized, with talented performers. My favorite was the dancing from Whim W'him and the stories from people with HIV, especially the narrative from the man who assumed he would die when he learned of his diagnosis and said, as a closing line, 'And here I am 33 years later.' The house stood and cheered for 5 minutes. The several vocalists were exceptional as well and the giving period raised over $50,000 using cell phones to pledge donations. The evening underscored the energy and the support in the LGBTQ community for the AIDS Memorial Pathway project in process on Broadway adjacent to the light rail station and the north end of Cal Anderson Park.'

Aleksa Manila and Laura Michalek (with the help from The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) took the lead and got the attendees to text a pledge amount to the AMP to raise more money for the AMP project, that total came out to be over $60K. It was an evening to remember. For more information and to make a contribution to the AMP, visit https://theamp.org/

Photos by MK Scott

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