Saturday, February 9, 2008

Dorothy Awards gala in March to honor humanitarians

The following is a release about the upcoming Dorothy Awards, to be held in March

Vincent Farricielli and Robert Modena, pictured at right, are being honored with this year’s Dorothy Award for decades of humanitarian efforts that have raised $275,000.
Farricielli, of Orange, founded the Spirit Of Life charity and then served as president until 2006, spending 22 years with the organization, which has raised funds for local charities.
Spirit Of Life has benefited charities that include juvenile diabetes causes, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Haven home Recovery, and AIDS Project New Haven.
Ten years ago, Farricielli teamed with his partner, Robert Modena, to produce the elaborate Spirit Of Life fashion productions and cabarets at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven.
Farricielli was the owner of two progressive hair studios in New Haven and Hamden. He founded the first Connecticut chapter of the Look Good Feel Better organization for Yale-New Haven Hospital. He received the Alvin Novick Award from AIDS Project New Haven among many others.
Modena owned his own salon in East Haven, and now has an extensive collection of vintage gowns and dresses, which has always been his great passion.
Last year, he auctioned a Barbra Streisand gown to raise money for AIDS Project New Haven.
As partners in life, business and philanthropy, Modena and Farricielli share each award “because without the patience and support from your partner, nothing can be appreciated or accomplished,” they said. They say that together, they are driven by the never ending changes and progressions in the world today.
A Dorothy Award will also go to Patricia Nicolari, who has been a Stonewall speaker for the past 8 years, speaking at local high schools and colleges. She also was a workshop presenter around the country, assisting other educators in the process of coming out of school. She helped organize the country’s first Day Of Silence that annually brings attention to anti-gay bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools, and acts as a resource for GLSEN CT (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network.)
Also being honored is Another Octave, Connecticut’s women’s chorus that performs an eclectic musical repertoire, including standard concert pieces and traditional and contemporary compositions reflecting women’s lives. From its genesis in 1989 as a small group of lesbians, Another Octave now performs nationally and internationally.
This is the 5th annual Dorothy Awards being presented by the New Haven Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The event is from 6 to 11 p.m. March 8 at Fantasia, Route 5, North Haven. Tickets are $100, black tie optional. RSVP by March 1. Tickets can be purchased by calling (203) 387-2252 or e-mailing Tickets are limited.

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