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GLAAD OUTAuction: Letter from my Co-Chair Matthew Shwartz

By November 10, 2010No Comments7 min read

Hi Darlings,

As many of you know, I am involved for the fourth year in a row with GLAAD’s annual “OUTAuction” on November 21st. This is my third year as a Co-Chair of the event. I wanted to share with you why I personally got involved with the event, and also to share with you a letter from my fellow Co-Chair Matthew Shwartz – I can’t wait to share the stage with him and Jill Zarin on Sunday November 21st!

See more details below and Buy Tickets, Volunteer or join the Host Committee.
(Please note if you sign up for volunteering that we are looking for more help in the 1st or 3rd volunteer shifts on November 21st.)

Why I got involved in OUTAution:

1) I have gay friends and family members who are important to me and I want equality for them now and always.
2) My Public Relations work with artists and designers made me especially keen to get involved with one of New York’s largest and most important public art auctions
3) GLAAD holds the media accountable and changes the conversation in a persistent and effective way by working with every avenue: television news, radio, sitcoms and dramas, families and individuals with compelling stories, progressive churches and even professional sports teams. They also change hearts and minds with their stellar televised events such the GLAAD Media Awards and OUTAuction, where they single out entertainers and artists who contribute to positive images of LGBT individuals. Simply put, GLAAD helps the media tell the truth and divide fact from hysteria.

A Letter from my Co-Chair Matthew Schwartz:

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join Marcy and I at the 2010 GLAAD OUT Auction.  The event is going to be awesome – a fantastic array of celebrities, emerging artists’ work in different mediums, and proud and supportive New Yorkers of all ages – not too mention a killer open bar and after party!  The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has been a very important part of my life here in New York City for the last few years.  A lot of organizations in this country do a lot of complaining and criticizing.  GLAAD is an organization all about action, both defensively when people abuse people like me in the media, and offensively when gays and lesbians are left out or completely unrepresented.  I don’t need to tell you their track record, I just want you to know that I’ve been watching for the last few years, and GLAAD has done a lot for me.  Now, it’s my turn to give back a little to them by volunteering my time for an exceptional and unique event.  I hope you will join me.

The OUT Auction is located at the beautiful Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th street.  Come check out the red carpet, over a hundred brand new pieces of art from a wide diversity of new artists, as well as an impressive live auction, award ceremony, fabulous DJ, and tons of flowing drinks.  It’s an experience not to be missed – and I’d certainly like to meet you!

Hope to see you on Sunday, November 21st!
Matthew E. Schwartz, Esq.

OUTAuction NYC – Art and Entertainment all for a good cause!

Host Jill Zarin
Star of The Real Housewives of NYC

GLAAD’s Board of Directors, Honorary Committee and Arts Advisory Committee and this year’s Planning Committee invite you to join us for OUTAuction NYC – our ninth annual art event to celebrate established and emerging artists, GLAAD’s Top 100 Artists of 2010.

Since 2002, GLAAD has produced this annual fundraising art event, OUTAuction, part glamorous cocktail party and part art auction – all to benefit GLAAD’s work to amplify the voices of the LGBT community.

Bid on 100 unique works of art. Previous works of art include Pablo Picasso, Herb Ritts, Steven Klein, Ryan McGinness, Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall, Ross Bleckner, Patrick McMullan, Annie Leibovitz, Karim Rashid, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Max, Rosie O’Donnell, and many others. Purchase your tickets now!

Event Details:

Sunday, November 21, 2010
5:00 – 9:30 pm

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Dress: Cocktail Chic

Hosted: Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres

Guest DJ:
DJ Xavier

Included with your ticket purchase (at either the General or VIP level) is a subscription to Time Out New York


$125.00 – General
1 admission, includes open bar for 3 & 1/2 hours, hors d’oeuvres

$175.00 – VIP
1 VIP admission, open bar for 4 & 1/2 hours, hors d’oeuvres, 1 VIP gift bag, 1 entry to VIP After Party & 1 entry into a special VIP drawing

$300 – VIP Package
(Save $50 when compared to two VIP tickets at the $175 price)
2 VIP admissions, open bar for 4 & 1/2 hours, hors d’oeuvres, 2 VIP gift bags, 2 entries into the VIP After Party and 2 entries into a special VIP drawing

This event sells out quickly so purchase your tickets in advance. PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT. Tickets will be held at will-call on the day of the event.

Tickets are non-refundable and tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. GLAAD is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Tax ID number 13-3384027. Most people deduct 100% of the donation because we are not providing a formal dinner that can be easily valued, however, you should always consult with your tax advisor to determine how your donation should be reported for tax purposes. The general rule is that you can deduct the amount of your donation less any value you received.

Special Guests

Edward Albee
American playwright

Jensen Atwood
On Black 2011 Calendar

Kelly Killoren Bensimon
The Real Housewives of NYC

David Bromstad

Josh Kilmer-Purcell
& Brent Ridge
The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
The Real Housewives of NYC

Sonja Morgan
The Real Housewives of NYC

Anwar Robinson
American Idol Finalist Season 4
L.O.T.D. Media recording artist

Mike Ruiz
Celebrity Photographer
Logo’s reality series The A List

JD Samson

Rob Shuter
AOL Popular

Shereé Whitfield
The Real Housewives of Atlanta

NaTasha Yvette Williams
Sophia from The Color Purple with Fantasia
Honorary Host Committee

Kate Clinton
Comedian/ Humanitarian

Fran Drescher

Vicki Gunvalson
The Real Housewives of Orange County

Scott Herman
Scott Herman Fitness
The Real World: Brooklyn

Randy Jackson

Heather McDonald
Chelsea Lately

Kyra Sedgwick
The Closer

Johnny Weir

Robbie Williams
Planning Committee
Marcy Clark • Matthew Schwartz
Carlos Alvarado*
Carlos Aparicio
Jayda Audrick
Renisse Bains
Dee Batista
Scott Benaglio
Miles Bingham
Stepehen Campanella
Khalid El Khatib**
Robert Farrell
Wayne Harris
Nigel Holder
Daniel Kitchen**
Mike Korn*
Daniel Kressman
Rene Melchor**
Elinor Noble
Alexander Patino
Daniel M. Posener
Archley Prudent*
Ryan Rockmore
Phillip Salmieri
Anu Singh**
Bayinnah Smitherman
Earl Stoner*
Patrick Sweeney
Saira Toppin*
Montana Vasquez
Ryan Wright
* A Sub-Chair Planning Committee Member
** A member of the Curatorial Committee
Host Committee
Jason Abrams &
Richard Garrison
Larry Abramsky
Ward Auerbach &
Andy Baker
Christopher &
Miles Bingham-Church
John Cassese & Ken Hunt
John Crocker &
Charlie Johnston
Drew Desky
Henry F. Detering
Thomas B. Dougherty, Jr.
Jeff Gearheart
Megan Ghiroli
Randall Gibeau &
Philip Laffey
David Hawkins
Bill Kapfer
Rogue Monk
Nick Patrick
Stuart Siegel
Raquel Solomon
John Vang
Art Advisory Committee
• Committee Chair: Alexandre Gertsman, Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art
• Jaclyn Acker and Andy Fligel,Chelsea Frames
• Patrick Amsellem
• Brian English, Herb Ritts Foundation
• Matthew Higgs, White Columns
• Amy Levin
• Oliver Newton
• Robert Risko
• Wayne Snellen, The Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation
•Irene Shum Allen, Collections Manager & Curator, Philip Johnson Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation
• Joel Wachs
Sneak Peek: Highlights from the auction
A full catalog of pieces will be posted online soon.
Untitled Nude VII, Miami 1997 Plate 40 Plate 51 Plate 60
© Herb Ritts Foundation
Gelatin silver print, 1997
24″x20″ Custom frame
Plate 68                           Plate 71
5 limited edition color prints (Plates: 40, 51, 60, 68, 71)
Salvador Dali print set entitled “Les Capricesa de Goya”
(Series 37/ 200)
Each is signed in pencil by Dali
Each piece (9 1/8″ x 6 3/8″) is mounted in a custom frame,
floating on an acid-free mat under conservation glass 35 1/4″ x 28 1/8″
El Jardine
Pablo Picasso
© Robert John Russo Gallery
Original linocut, 1955
Custom frame
Composition I
Joan Miro
© Robert John Russo Gallery
Original lithograph, 1967
15″ x 22″ Custom frame

Will we get to see you soon?

Warmest regards,

Marcy Clark

Founder, The Women’s Mafia,   Social Club & Online Magazine
cell: 212.729.9619     fax: 212.208.2579
Director, Yellow Sky Publicity