New York City can be both a beautiful and brutal place during the holiday season. The City is adorned with decorations and thousands of tourists travel into Manhattan each day for shows and shopping. But look closely at the crowds. You might see one of the thousands of homeless youth on the streets, and many of them are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Each year Angle, the LGBT employee group at the CBS Corporation, gathers with colleagues from other media companies to network and celebrate the season. But this year – after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Tri State Area, we all felt it was important to make sure we gave something back to our community.
So on December 10th, LGBT and allied employees of CBS, Viacom, The New York Times, McGraw-Hill and NBC Universal gathered in midtown for a Networking Event to benefit the Ali Forney Center.
It’s the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, rescuing kids from the streets and placing them in safe homelike environments. We asked each attendee to bring a gift card from Starbucks, McDonalds, The Gap, Old Navy or iTunes. And the response was overwhelming. We received over $2000 in cards that will be used by Ali Forney as holiday gifts for the kids who are so in need. For many of them, it will be the ONLY gift they will receive this holiday season.
It was an all-star evening with hundreds of guests on hand, including CBS News 48 Hours Correspondent Troy Roberts, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and the New York Times’ Frank Bruni attending. A special thanks to CBS News for sponsoring this holiday event we hope will become an annual tradition for CBS Angle.
For more information on the Ali Forney Center, check out their web site at www.aliforneycenter.org.