GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR ADRLF’S DISCO BOWL SPRING FLING 2016
To Kick Off NATIONAL HEPATITIS AWARENESS MONTH
Celebrate spring with ADRLF at our Disco Bowl Spring Fling Benefit 2016!
Come SPARE some time to STRIKE out Hepatitis and Liver Cancer!
The benefit will be hosted by television personality Carson Kressley, and will feature a Disco Medley Performance by the DISCOETTES.
Other performers include Broadway’s own Carmen Ruby Floyd (After Midnight), Laiona Michelle (Amazing Grace), Harriett D. Foy (Amazing Grace), and Kenny Brawner (The Total Bent).
See you on Sunday May 1, 2016 at 4:30pm-7pm. Purchase your tickets here!
ADRLF’S :KARAOKE NIGHTS 2: V-DAY EDITION” BENEFIT – CELEBRATING THE POWER OF SONG FOR A GREAT CAUSE
Not even the winter cold could stop ADRLF, the Ryan Health Network and friends from coming together for a night of great music and a great cause at the ADRLF 2nd Karaoke Nights. Co-produced with ADRLF’s longstanding partners in health, the William F. Ryan Community Health Center, this year’s successful Valentine’s Day-themed fundraiser was held at the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center in New York City. The benefit aimed to help ADRLF promote awareness of hepatitis and liver cancer, and provide free hepatitis screenings.
“Tonight is a little atypical because usually we are doing more testing, less singing. But tonight, we are having fun and raising some money,” said William Murphy, Executive Director of Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton as he welcomed the excited guests. Professional singers, karaoke fanatics, and romantic crooners took center stage for a spectacle of vocal prowess to the tunes of “Happy,” “Party in the USA,” and Broadway’s “Wicked” – to name a few; with a thrilling range of romantic hits including a show-stopping salute to Adele’s 007 power ballad “Skyfall.” “It is such a fitting night because Al loved to sing and everyone here is having a great time for an even greater cause,” shared Emmy-winning TV star, Carson Kressley – a founding member of the ADRLF Board, and the festive benefit’s magnetic host. Special performances included: Drag Artist Extraordinaire Bootsie Lefaris, and up-and-coming recording artist, Cheyenne Elliott, the granddaughter of legendary recording artist and TV-host Dionne Warwick. “It’s an honor for me to be here in this event tonight, celebrating Al and the Foundation. It’s a very positive event and I love being a part of it. Singing is in my roots so I’m really proud to be here tonight,” said Cheyenne.
The benefit also featured a silent auction of exciting items including: premium tickets for Broadway hits, “On the Town” and “The Visit,” and luxury treatments at D’Mai Spa. An original cupid-inspired drawing made especially for the benefit by renowned New York-based painter/illustrator, ALVARO, was also auctioned off, after much bidding excitement. Free hepatitis and HIV screenings were offered to guests throughout the night, in the adjacent medical offices, in keeping with ADRLF’s mission to help prevent liver diseases and promote overall wellness. “The next time you do a physical [exam], ask your doctor to do a liver check. Have your liver checked because you may be surprised,” stressed Harriett D. Foy, Broadway star and an ADRLF Founding Board member. “Ask for a hepatitis test because they don’t offer it. You have to ask for it.”
“We’re always happy to help out with Ryan Health Center’s activities, especially with the Al D. Rodriguez Foundation,” said CHOCNYc’s Jemal Edwards. “It’s a wonderful organization and the work they are doing is very much needed in our community.” ADRLF would also like to thank the following for their support: Rick Miramontez and Andrew Esposito of O&M Co. Matt Ross of Matt Ross PR Rob Diamond of BroadwayWorld Industry Van Gogh Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation’s Karaoke Nights: Valentine’s Day Edition raised more than $8,200 in ticket sales and donations. All around, it was a successful night of philanthropy and song, in the name of love and liver health awareness.
THE AL D. RODRIGUEZ LIVER FOUNDATION AND THE WILLIAM F. RYAN COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK RAISE OVER $10,000 AT KARAOKE NIGHTS!
NEW YORK, NY: The Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation (ADRLF) hosted another successful event on April 8, 2013, “Karaoke Nights.” Produced in association with the William F. Ryan Community Health Center, the event raised over $10,000 – money that will help support ADRLF’s initiatives in the future.
Hosted by television personality and ADRLF board member Carson Kressley the event was fabulous and fun. Among those in attendance were drag performer Sweetie (channeling Vicki Carr for her number), The Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, NY 1 Onstage and LA Times reporter Patrick Pacheco and Broadway veterans Carmen Ruby Floyd, J. Bernard Calloway and Harriett D. Foy (ADRLF board member). Also present was respected artist Alvaro, who created and donated the evening’s artwork. The artwork raised $300 during a silent auction held at the event.
“SCREEN, VACCINATE…DON’T HESITATE!”
See you next year!!
TONY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS AND GREY’S ANATOMY STAR SARA RAMIREZ & EMMY AWARD WINNING TV PERSONALITY CARSON KRESSLEY HOSTED A NIGHT OF STARS AT BROADWAY TAKES THE RUNWAY – AN EVENING OF FASHION AND SONG TO BENEFIT THE AL D. RODRIGUEZ LIVER FOUNDATION
Sara Ramirez, Audra McDonald, Montego Glover, Robin de Jesus, Michael Park, Christopher Jackson, Billy Porter, and Natalie Weiss All Performed
New York, NY (Oct 5, 2010) – Broadway’s brightest stars came out last night for Broadway Takes The Runway, an intimate evening of fashion and song starring Tony Award winning actress and Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez and hosted by Emmy award winning television personality Carson Kressley, at Touch in New York City. Proceeds from the night benefited the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation (ADRLF). The room was buzzing with Broadway’s brightest, who sang songs from the stage while flaunting designer fashions, styled and arranged by Mr. Kressley. Ms. Ramirez (Spamalot) wore dresses by Angel Sanchez and Alberto Makali and jewels by Judith Ripka, as she wowed the crowd with performances of “Buenos Aires” and “How Could I Ever Know.” Special guest star Audra McDonald wore David Meister and jewels by Judith Ripka, as she delivered a stirring rendition of “Some Days.” Tony Award nominee Montego Glover (Memphis) wore Roberto Cavalli and sang “Gotta Have Me Go with You” and “Colored Girls.” Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesus (In The Heights, La Cage aux Folles) wore Devon Scott, as he read an Al D. Rodriguez diary entry and entertained the crowd with emotional performances of “Corner Of The Sky” and “It Won’t Be Long Now.” Emmy Award-winner Michael Park (As the World Turns, Little Me) wore Joseph Abboud, performing “Spiderman” and “You’re Different.” Christopher Jackson (In The Heights) wore Elie Tahari and sang “Wake Up” and “Invisible.” Billy Porter (Angels in America) wore Hugo Boss, opened the show with “And the World Goes Round” and returned to sing “No One Is Alone.” Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture) wore Marchesa and sang “Spark Of Creation” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Schele Williams directed the show; Mary Mitchell Campbell was musical director. The event was produced by The Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation in association with 4good Productions.In addition to the fabulous performers, other VIPs and celebrities in attendance included Patrick Heusinger (Gossip Girl, Broadway’s Next Fall), Nora Zehetner (Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy), Bill Dawes (House MC Laugh Factory), Lenny Platt (One Life To Live), David Harbour (Revolutionary Road, The Green Hornet); and famed artist Alvaro (who contributed the artwork for the evening’s event). “This special evening and gathering of friends was created in the memory of our dear friend, Al – who loved Broadway AND a great pair of heels! The incredible talent was up close and personal in a small venue; it was truly a night of celebration and remembrance,” said Kressley. “The cast of performers was incredible and tonight was a very personal evening for us. We shared our stories and memories of Al while singing memorable Broadway songs that he loved and that we love as well! We miss our friend terribly,” commented Ramirez. Kressley and Ramirez are founding Board Members of the organization and were inspired to create the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation to honor their dear friend, Al, who died in 2008 of liver cancer. ADRLF is a non-profit organization committed to providing resources, education and information related to screening, prevention and treatment for the hepatitis virus and liver cancer. Among its many other projects, ADRLF has partnered with the Actor’s Fund / Al Hirschfeld Clinic to provide free screenings for the uninsured for hepatitis and liver cancer. 100% of the evening’s profits went to the Foundation.
Fire Island Pines, New York – May 31, 2009 – Nearly 160 members of the Fire Island Community along with supporters from as far away as Seattle and Chicago gathered in Whyte Hall at the Pines Community Center for the very first Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation Benefit Gala, PINES ’69, on Saturday evening, May 30th, 2009. The sold out crowd enjoyed an open wine bar provided by Chatham Imports followed by a special screening of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival entry, MAKING THE BOYS(directed by the Pines community’s own Crayton Robey of WHEN OCEAN MEETS SKY fame, co-produced by 4th Row Films). Before the screening, Dr. Carlos Ortiz,chairman of the Foundation’s board, spoke to the audience about the story of his very close friend/actor/performer/artist Al Rodriguez, and his struggle and ultimate loss in the fight against liver cancer. Dr Ortiz also introduced the audience to the important work the Foundation is doing to honor Mr. Rodriguez’s legacy. The benefit show was capped off with a moving performance of the Judy Garland standard “The Man That Got Away” by the Tony-winning GREY’S ANATOMY star, Sara Ramirez. The evening, which was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, was emceed by Emmy winner, Carson Kressley.
The event raised nearly $12,000 for the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation whose mission is to educate people about the relationship between chronic infection of the Hepatitis Virus and its association with Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) – which is the most common cause of liver cancer.