Night at the Pier 2017

Night at the Pier 2017

May 8, 2017 – Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York

Family Equality Council’s Night at the Pier gala is a celebration of LGBTQ families, and the people and organizations which have made an impact on our families and communities. Our honorees have included Lisa Cholodenko, Lee Daniels, Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer-Wright, William Hibsher, Roberta Kaplan, Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Daryl Roth, Nick Scandalios, and more.

Night at the Pier not only honors the contributions of remarkable people and groups, but also highlights the accomplishments of Family Equality Council – from our work getting so-called religious freedom restoration acts to our community building events reaching over 33,000 people across the country.

This very special evening is an emotional and poignant tribute to our core message: LOVE IS WHAT MAKES A FAMILY.

2017 Honoree: When We Rise

When We Rise“When We Rise” is a four-part mini-series from Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black that chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ people who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. equality movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to today.

The mini-series stars Guy Pearce as Cleve Jones, Mary-Louise Parker as Roma Guy, Rachel Griffiths as Diane, Michael K. Williams as Ken Jones, Austin P. McKenzie as Young Cleve, Jonathan Majors as Young Ken, Emily Skeggs as Young Roma Fiona Dourif as Young Diane and Ivory Aquino as Cecilia Chung.

Hostetter-Habib Family Award: Dr. David Baker-Hargrove

The Hostetter-Habib Family Award is given annually in honor of Alex Habib, Mark Hostetter and their entire family in recognition of their extraordinary dedication to and unwavering commitment to Family Equality Council’s core values: love, justice, family, equality. Family Equality Council is proud to give the 2017 award to Dr. David Baker-Hargrove, a licensed mental health counselor and leader in the response to the Pulse nightclub shooting last year in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Baker-Hargrove has been providing mental health services to the LGBTQ community for 20 years. He spearheaded the response effort for the Pulse Nightclub Massacre in June 2016, mobilizing over 650 volunteer counselors to provide nearly 1,000 mental health encounters between June 12 and the July 4 Weekend.  He is the co-founder of Two Spirit Health Services, Inc, Central Florida’s LGBTQ Health Center that continues to provide primary medical and mental health care for the ongoing Pulse healing effort.

He has been actively involved in Central Florida’s LGBTQ community and has strong linkages to every LGBTQ social service, social justice, wellness and health organization in Central Florida.  He is the past president of Central Florida’s LGBTQ chamber of commerce and past president of Central Florida’s LGBTQ Pride event. He has worked with over 1,000 transgender clients and regularly speaks at transgender and professional conferences.  He is an approved CEU provider for the State of Florida to train other healthcare professionals on the cultural competencies involved in working with LGBTQ patients. As an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responder, he also worked at World Trade Center Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Special Guests

Isabel Rose, whose family story was recently featured by Harper's Bazaar & CNN!


Dear Evan Hansen"Anybody Have A Map?"

from Dear Evan Hansen

performed by Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson

Miss Saigon"I'd Give My Life For You"

from Miss Saigon

performed by Eva Noblezada

Come From Away"Me And The Sky"

from Come From Away

performed by Jenn Colella

Meet the Event Chairs and Host Committee

Honorary Chairs: Daryl Roth, Nick Scandalios

Event Chairs: Bruce Cohen, Samantha Lippitt, Primavera Salvá, Brian Sheerin

Auction Chair: Frank Bua

Honorary Committee: Joy Behar, Sandra Bernhardt, Lee Daniels, Pamela Drucker Mann, Vicki Freeman, David Hyde Pierce & Brian Hargrove, Margo & James L. Nederlander, Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni, Denis O’Hare & Hugo Redwood, Jordan Roth & Richie Jackson, Mercedes Ruehl, Meredith Vieira, The Shubert Organization, Jason Weinberg & Merritt Johnson

Host Committee Members: Lance Bass & Michael Turchin, Allen & Stuart Bell, Kim & Natalie Bergman, Phil & Odile Birsh, Katia Bouazza & Primavera Salvá, Erica Bowers & Danielle Cooper, Steve Brister & Carmine Salvucci, Valerie & Jay Brown, Frank Bua & Scott Carroll, Luigi Caiola & Sean McGill, Bryan Carr & Mark LeDoux, Gregg Cartagine & Reed Chaikin, Anthony Chiafullo, Bruce Cohen & Gabe Catone, Karen DeMeola & Jessica Hockla, Clifford Finn, Kirk Fordham & Mike Cevarr, Steven Frank & Mark Lerner, Herb & Judy Gold, Joey Gonzales & Jonathon Rollo, Willis Goodmoore, Alex Habib & Mark Hostetter, Will Halm & Marcellin Simard, Jen Hatch & Sue Smith, Denise Hinds, Sunnie & Tori Kaufman-Paulman, Angela LaGreca, Bess & Leor Landa, Fran Lichtman & Randy Rabney, Samantha Lippitt & Pam Godwin, Rosemary Caldwell Llewellyn, David Lowe & Steve Murphy, Nancy Lyons & Laura Niewald, Lauren Marder & Kim Austin, Jamie Marks & Mark Scott, Ed Maynard, Andrew & Susan Reale, Steven & Daryl Roth, Nick Scandalios & Ric Swezey, Brian Sheerin & Ken Weissenberg, Jonathan Sheffer, William Sherr & Estevan Garcia, Amy Stevenson, Matt Strange, Andrew & Xavier Van Degna, Meg Columbia Walsh

Highlights from Night at the Pier 2016

2016 Night at the Pier Gala

Meet the 2016 honorees, view the photo album, and more.



Christina Young
Chief Development Officer
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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Gold Level

Steven & Daryl Roth & Family

McGill Caiola Family

Silver Level

Christopher Street Financial

Bronze Level


The Shubert Organization

Jujamcyn Theaters

The John Gore Organization

Katia Bouazza & Primavera Salvá

Valerie & Jay Brown

Rosie O'Donnell