HIV HERO Benefit Honors Stars Of Theater And Dance

This year's honorees include dancer James Whiteside and Broadway's Rachelle Rak.

HIV Experience Resources Organization (HERO) is hosting its fourth annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards benefit on October 16, honoring Broadway actress Rachelle Rak, American Ballet Theater principal dancer (and friend of NewNowNext) James Whiteside, Wicked performer Michael Campayno and suicide awareness and prevention group The Jed Foundation.

Michael Campayno/HIV Hero

Hosted by Matty Maggiacomo, the gala brigs more than a dozen performances from the worlds of Broadway and ballet to New York’s Stage 48, including ABT’s Sean Stewart and Jose Sebastian, and Broadway performers Patrick Boyd (Wicked, Grease) and Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo).

Founded in 2009 by Michael Cavnaugh, HIV HERO is a nonprofit focusing on HIV awareness and prevention, and helping provide insurance, housing, and counseling for those living with HIV/AIDS. The organization’s website offers up-to-date resources for HIV/AIDS prevention and healthcare.

Below, James Whiteside goes backstage at the Blonds 2016 New York Fashion Week show.


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