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The Attic Youth Center 25th Anniversary Gala 


Ticket Sales Close October 29

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 2018) - The Attic Youth Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala: “Once Upon Fee3ba76-192c-4c3d-abe3-6eea84e6e819a Time” will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City, Philadelphia. This very special event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Attic Youth Center, with all proceeds allowing The Attic to provide ongoing high-quality programs and services for Philadelphia’s LGBTQ youth. The night will honor The Attic with dinner, cocktails, live music entertainment, and dancing.

Dominique Jackson, the actress and model best known for her leading role on the groundbreaking television series Pose, will be The Attic's special guest of the evening. Other prominent attendees include six time Emmy-award winning actor and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. The program will be hosted by NBC10 reporter and multimedia journalist Miguel Martinez-Valle and will include the presentation of three awards on behalf of The Attic:

  • “OK2BU Role Model Award”: Dominique Jackson, renowned actress and model, for setting an example of excellence for LGBTQ youth

  • “Founders Visionary Award”: John Taylor, for exceptional support and collaboration  

  • “Outstanding Alumni Award”: Dena Underwood, local vocalist and pianist, for leadership, loyalty, and integrity

In 1993, Executive Director Carrie Jacobs co-founded The Attic as a support group for LGBTQ youth. The group met in the “attic” of Voyage House, a Philadelphia-based social service organization. Over the last 25 years, over 20,000 youth and young adults have walked through the doors of The Attic and found community and chosen family. With a quarter of a century to celebrate, The Attic has become one of the largest, nationally recognized, multi-service youth organizations in the United States for LGBTQ youth.  

“We are proud to be celebrating 25 years of The Attic. Our work has allowed for thousands of LGBTQ youth's stories to be told, to be shared, and most importantly, to exist.” says Carrie Jacobs, PhD, Executive Director of The Attic. “To mark this milestone, we are honoring Dominique Jackson with The Attic’s ‘OK2BU Role Model Award,’ being presented to someone who serves as an empowering role model whose story impacts the lives of youth around the country.”

For more information on The Attic Youth Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala: “Once Upon A Time,” visit their website. Tickets sales close on Monday, October 29.

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About The Attic Youth Center:

Founded in 1993 as a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, The Attic Youth Center (The Attic) has evolved to become a comprehensive, multi-service youth agency, and Philadelphia’s only agency exclusively serving LGBTQ youth. The Attic uses a multifaceted approach that includes promoting the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society, as well as providing youth access to a wide range of resources that address their health and psychological wellbeing, need for nurturance, acceptance, and support, and foster leadership development and competency building. More information is available at