Michael Kyle, Pam del Rio, and Lydia Brown
Jill Marcellus of the GSA Network speaks about the Make It Better campaign
Marke Bieschke, author of Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens
Stephen Kling and Susan Hinchman of Wells Fargo, with Maria Costen
Jill Marcellus and Dr. Carolyn Laub of the GSA Network
Andrew Evans, Teri Abrams-Slep, Vincent Chen, and Ricky Wilk
Small Potatoes Catering created a stunning tablescape that evoked living life "outside a cage"
Jill Marcellus of the GSA Network
Gregory Marks and Kim Icsman
Small Potatoes Catering included delicious local artisan cheeses
Kenneth Piana shows off his fun gift bag
Jennifer Shortridge and Heather Phillipe of Small Potatoes Catering
Lasse Wassermann and Morten Jenson
David Schnur, Sean McKean, and the Kimpton Hotel's John Brosnan
Melissa Ong (GSA Network) and Michael Kyle
Small Potatoes Catering displays a variety of offerings
On June 21, 7x7 and Wells Fargo hosted the “Empower U” Pride Party at 111 Minna Gallery to raise attention for the nationwide anti-bullying program Make it Better Project (locally overseen by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network), whose goal is to increase gay teens’ self esteem and confidence.
Local writer and author of the popular new book Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, Marke Bieschke, chatted about his project and included signed copies in the Wells Fargo gift bags that were used for a fun raffle benefiting Make It Better.Guests delighted in tasty bites courtesy of Small Potatoes Catering, got their boogie on to the tunes of DJ Dylan Mahoney, and enjoyed cocktails made with No. 209 gin, and ice cold Stella Artois and Hoegaarden beers—all while supporting a great cause.
Photos: Kira Stackhouse | Nuena Photography