RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR TRANSGENDER CLIENTS
On Sunday, February 23, Bonnie Star and her husband Les Joseph opened their beautiful home—expertly staged for an exquisite afternoon party by Marc Friedland—to a group of compassionate people who had gathered to learn a little more about love, the transgender community, and how Project Angel Food supports transgender individuals impacted by serious illness.
Scott Turner Schofield, a member of the trans community and loving partner to singer-songwriter Terra Naomi, shared the story of how he met Terra Naomi and the joy and relief he experienced when he was welcomed with open arms by her family. Guests were noticeably moved and further inspired when Terra Naomi sang the Beatles classic “All You Need is Love” in honor of the love between Bonnie and Les, their daughter Cleo Egnal (also in attendance), and between Project Angel Food and the transgender community.
Executive Director Richard Ayoub then spoke about the 25 trans clients served with free nutritious meals in 2019 and the 15 currently receiving weekly visits and meal delivery. One of our current clients has been on service for nearly 23 years and receives two meals a day to alleviate the cost and stress of sourcing and preparing food for herself. Together with Jason Frazier, Project Angel Food’s Major Gifts Officer, Richard appealed to the crowd to raise their hands and raise much needed funds to enroll more trans clients in our lifesaving dietary assessment and medically tailored meal program.
The impact of the most generous guests—including Board Member Jason Ball and Troy Jones, Marcy and Dr. Dale Rice, Sarah Han and P. John Burke, and Paula Leonhauser—was doubled with a matching grant from the Herb Ritts Foundation which has been a longstanding supporter of Project Angel Food.
If you’d like to join these magnanimous donors in contributing funds to expand service to the transgender community, pleaseto feed a transgender client for a month.
Photos from the afternoon may be viewed here.