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|Big bucks raised at Big Gay Game Show — but more needed to help homeless LGBT youth|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 17 August 2012 13:26|
The monthly (every third Wednesday) Big Gay Game Show raised approximately $1,000 for Lost-n-Found during its "fifth episode" on Aug. 15 at Jungle with more than 200 people in attendance donating $5 each.
The evening of raucous and raunchy (and very gay) takes on such shows as "Let's Make a Deal" hosted by Bubba D. Licious and Ian Aber; "The Newlywed Game" hosted by the continually resurrected Wild Cherry Sucret; "Match Game" hosted by Rory Evans; and "Family Feud" with Chandler Bearden asking the questions (but, unfortunately for contestants, no inappropriate smooching).
This month's episode was extra special with a guest appearance by none other than Jonny McGovern, "The Gay Pimp." Seems gay pimps prefer flannel over feathered fedoras.
Money raised at the Big Gay Game Show goes to cover rent for Lost-n-Found, an Atlanta shelter for homeless LGBT youth. But Lost-n-Founds needs —and holds several other fundraisers — to help cover costs for such items as food, MARTA cards, and other social services.
Founded in November 2011 but the Atlanta chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and first named Saint Lost and Found, the organization soon became simply Lost-n-Found and organized itself as its own non-profit entity with a board of directors. In December, Lost-n-Found began renting a house to provide shelter for teens and young adults who are otherwise living on the streets.
The need continues to rise for a growing number of LGBT youth who hear about the services Lost-n-Found provides — services not specifically offered from any other agency, specifically emergency shelter. In the six months since Lost-n-Found began, the organization has helped 65 LGBT youth and now has a wait list for its homeless shelter.
"We are doing everything we can to help, but one thing has become clear: there are more LGBT youth who are homeless or are facing imminent homelessness than our organization currently has capacity to help," writes Lost-n Found Executive Director Rick Westbrook in this week's Big Gay Game Show program guide.
View the entire photo album at this link.
For more information, visit www.Lost-n-Found.org.
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