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Partying GUMBO Style

Last Friday night, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I headed to my very first GUMBO NYC party.  The original Gumbo party began two years ago in August 2009 at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn, an area that needed a boost in the nightlife scene (Gay+Dumbo=GUMBO, get it?).  The purpose was not only to bring this boost in nightlife, but also to create a safe space for the LGBT community to have a good time.

The party was initially held regularly on the first Friday of every month, and fans grew, coming from all parts of NYC. After seeing such a positive response to the party in Brooklyn, it was time to expand their arena to Manhattan.  In searching for locations in Manhattan, the goal was to find places that are fun and different.  Thus, their Wednesday of the month party, called GEKKO in FiDi (Financial District) at Library Bar in the Thompson Hotel, and their newest party BILLY at Counting Room were born.  From swanky to low-key locales, GUMBO covers all of the bases.

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An Evening on the Intrepid

The crowd on the Intrepid.

On June 16, we had the pleasure to attend An Evening Aboard the Intrepid, a fundraiser hosted annually by the Wounded Warriors Family Support Initiative. The Initiative was sponsored by 29 generous financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo, among many others. No other event in New York City has the involvement and dedication of this many financial firms, changing how the financial community gives back to the city and the country in service as well as in support.

There were 14 liquor sponsors for the event as well, which included the Brooklyn Brewery, Malibu Black, and ZYR Vodka. Perhaps the most anticipated part of the evening was the performance of Philadelphia’s Roots, a charismatic group that features a tuba in their music. The crowd cheered, the executives danced, and the New York skyline shone magnificently behind the silhouettes of the airplanes on board. Among the 2,000 notable attendees were Shontelle and Donald Trump.

The Initiative proudly boasts that over $1,000,000 were raised last night.  A silent auction featured items such as autographed sports memorabilia, a trip for two to Mexico, and tickets to the Playboy Mansion’s annual Halloween party. Donate to The Wounded Warriors Family Support Initiative today to honor the men and women that have served.

For more photos from this spectacular night, follow the jump!

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