Parties for CLAGS

On May 11th, a group of some 80 lesbians and gay men gathered for a cocktail party hosted by CLAGS Board member W. Kirk Wallace and Mark Sexton at their home in the West Village. Several Board members were present for the event and through them, and the talks given by host Wallace, CLAGS Director Duberman, and Board Chair Esther Katz, the crowd learned about CLAGS and its work while enjoying the copious hors d’oeuvres prepared by Arnold Mungioli and served by David Courier, Richard Sheinmel and Scott Walton, each of whom volunteered his time. As a result of the evening, CLAGS made many new friends and supporters. On May 20th, CLAGS Board member, David Kahn, held a party in his home to introduce the organization and its work to about 30 of his friends, many of whom are involved in the arts. Martin Duberman spoke about CLAGS’s mission and activities. At least two of the guests at the Kahn party have already expressed interest in hosting additional events to help spread the word about CLAGS. On June 4th, Larry Mass and Arnie Kantrowitz hosted and underwrote a luncheon for the benefit of CLAGS at the CUNY Graduate School President’s dining room. CLAGS Director Martin Duberman and Board Chair Esther Katz updated the guests on CLAGS’s current and upcoming activities. A benefit for CLAGS was hosted by Board member Byrne Fane on June 6th in Chatham, NY at his arts and crafts stone and shingle home, designed in 1912 by gay architect, Wilson Eyre. The hundred or so guests included Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, John Ashberry, and Board members Alisa Solomon, Shepherd Raimi, and Framji Minwalla. The benefit featured a concert by The Four Nations Ensemble, called “A Musical Outing: Gay Composers of the Baroque”; and two art exhibits featuring recent work by Edward Avidisian, Judson Baldwin, Christine Butler, Gabriel de Ia Portilla, Lisa Fassman, Frank Faulkner, and Michel van Horn. On August 1st, Judith Stelboum and Martha Stevens opened their home in Old Saybrook, Conn. for a barbecue/pool party to introduce CLAGS to Connecticut residents. The weather was perfect, the hamburgers great and Martin Duberman interrupted the swimmers only briefly to describe CLAGS and its activities.