Tickets are now on sale for a chance to meet international rugby star — and gay icon — Ben Cohen when he launches his "Acceptance Tour 2011" with the Atlanta Bucks Rugby club in May.
Cohen is a former World Cup winner with his home country England and will tour the United States as part of the Acceptance Tour 2011 to raise funds for LGBT organizations.
“I am proud to launch my first U.S. tour in the city of Atlanta. We must stand up together against bullying and support young people who are being harmed," Cohen said in a statement. "As athletes, it is not enough just to have strong bodies. We must have strong characters and use our voices to support those who need and deserve it. It is right to stand up for equality and acceptance.”
Other stops on the tour include New York City, Washington, D.C. and Seattle, though Atlanta will be his first stop.
Tickets are limited for the events and can only be purchased only at www.atlantabucksrugby.org. Proceeds from the ticket sales to the events will benefit LGBT organizations.
The schedule as released by the Atlanta Bucks:
Ben Cohen Meet and Greet
Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead
Thursday, May 19
$100 per ticket
This roof-top reception offers attendees 4 drink tickets, heavy hors
d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the rugby great in a casual, intimate setting. Tickets for the event are limited, and available only through www.atlantabucksrugby.org.
Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour 2011 Official Kick-Off Party
Livingston Restaurant and Bar at Georgian Terrace, Midtown
Friday, May 20
$250 per ticket
This private, semi-formal reception held in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel presents the gay icon and LGBT activist up-close and in-person, says a release from the Atlanta Bucks.
The event includes an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and personal photographs with Ben and other invited dignitaries.
Ben Cohen Pitch-Nic & Auction
Oglethorpe University, Atlanta
Saturday, May 21
Afternoon start time TBA
$25 per ticket
Join the Atlanta Bucks and Ben Cohen on pitch for an exhibition day of rugby on the campus of Oglethorpe University. To showcase the sport, there will be exhibition matches, a tented reception picnic, prize drawings and an auction of Ben Cohen items. This event includes a catered lunch with
soft-drinks; alcohol will be available to those with proper identification. All ages are welcome, but only 21 and over will be served alcohol.
Private Dinner With Ben Cohen/VIP All Access Pass
Saturday, May 21
In addition to providing access to all three of the weekend events, VIP All Access Pass holders will attend a private dinner with Ben Cohen. Only 10 VIP All Access Passes are available, and will be strictly first come, first served.
Ben Cohen Weekend Pass - Discounted Bundle
All events, food and beverage
Thursday, May 19-Saturday, May 21
This weekend pass grants access to Thursday night Meet and Greet, Friday night Official Kick Off Party,and Saturday Pitch-Nic rugby exhibition, including all food and drinks, for a discounted rate.