CARE PACKAGE: The Jeffrey Fashion Cares charity fund-raising event, conceived and organized by Jeffrey Kalinsky, is leaving the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for new Manhattan digs at The 69th Regiment Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue. “We love the Intrepid,” said Kalinsky. “It worked really well. We just felt that we wanted to do something new. It felt like it was time.” In addition, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has two new chairs, Christian Langbein and Michael Krans “and they were excited to shake things up,” Kalinsky said.
He is expecting 800 to 1,000 guests at this year’s event on April 8. Host committee chairs this year include Justin Tarquinio, Mickey Boardman and Prabal Gurung.
The venue isn’t the only change this year. The silent auction will be handled by Gavel & Grand, a Web site that partners with organizations to present their benefit auctions online, which expands the audience of supporters for nonprofits.
Over the past 20 years, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has raised nearly $11 million via the Atlanta and New York events for LGBT communities’ most important charities and nonprofit organizations. Beneficiaries this year include The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Lambda Legal, ACRIA and The Point Foundation.