Wednesday, April 21, 2010

IPG and Time Hold Fundraiser Benefitting At-Risk LGBT Youth

On Monday, the GLBT employee affinity groups of Interpublic Group (IPG) and Time Inc. held a fundraiser featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race to benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School. IPGLBT, an Interpublic resource group for GLBT employees and their allies, hosted the fundraiser in conjunction with OUT@Time Inc., the gay employee resource group at Time Inc. and the Logo cable channel.

“The Hetrick-Martin Institute is a remarkable resource for at-risk youth, and Interpublic is proud to participate in supporting this important community organization,” said Philippe Krakowsky, EVP, Strategy & Communications at Interpublic Group. “We’re also excited to partner with OUT@Time and Viacom’s Logo on this worthy fundraising event. It represents one of the many programs that we are undertaking as part of our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion across our organization.”

The evening started with a cocktail reception at Interpublic Group’s main office in New York, attended by more than 150 people. The highlight of the evening was a guest appearance by RuPaul’s Drag Race breakout star Pandora Boxx, a recently cut contestant from the show, who mingled with guests and charmed the crowd. The reception was followed by a private screening of the evening’s RuPaul’s Drag Race episode and an exclusive sneak-peek of the season finale held in the HBO headquarters next to the Interpublic office. Over $2,000 was raised during the evening for the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) runs a program in New York that supports at-risk gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth. HMI also directs the groundbreaking Harvey Milk High School. IPGLBT has been working with HMI throughout the year, including tutoring students at the high school.

The mission of the IPGLBT group is to ensure that GLBT employees, consumers and their allies have relevance within IPG, their operating companies, and the work they do for their clients. It is one of four groups in the IPG MERGE (Multicultural Employee Resource Groups for Excellence) program, which aims to bring employees together in support of the company’s inclusion and diversity mission.

OUT@Time Inc. is an employee organization for Time Inc. lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees created to address the ever evolving needs of the LGBT community and to be a voice for the community within the corporate structure.

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