On Wednesday, April 11, the 2018 Jeffrey Fashion Cares event raised nearly $800,000 to benefit the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Lambda Legal through a spectacular fashion event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and human rights activist Judith Light, the event paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Catherine Schmid, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran and a key plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ban against transgender individuals serving in the military. Staff Sergeant Schmid received the Jeffrey Fashion Cares Community Leadership Award on behalf of the all the brave plaintiffs contesting the ban and for the continued movement to protect the rights of LGBT people.
The event was attended by Diane von Furstenberg, Judith Light, Serayah, J. Alexander, Sean O’Pry, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Pete Nordstrom, Brandon Maxwell, Carson Kressley, Lynn Bann, Eva Fehren, Benj Pasek among others.
Since 2002, this highly anticipated fashion industry fundraiser, featuring a cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and fashion show for 600+ guests, has raised more than $15 million for LGBT human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and research, and breast cancer research and treatment organizations.