On November 9, at Cipriani Wall Street, the 31-year-old Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), home of New York City's Harvey Milk School for LGBTQ students, held its 24th annual Emery Awards, honoring individuals and corporations who do the right thing and help to provide a safe, supportive environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation.
Gone are the days of a small awards ceremony. The event at Cipriani raises 30% of the yearly budget for HMI. The celebs were there in full force, with television’s Wendy Williams—“How you doin'?!”—hosting the evening; Matthew Morrison, creator of “Glee,” Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post, and fashion’s Mark Ecko being honored; and Bethenny Frankel, television’s natural foods chef, conducting the benefit auction.
Actor B.D. Wong and singers Andy Bell and Cheyenne Jackson were among the other notables present.