By Rebecca Harris
Young professionals and feminists from across the city are sure to come out to the West Side next Tuesday for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, circus acts and a few naughty surprises.
Planned Parenthood of New York City will host its eighth annual Summer, Sex and Spirits Benefit this Tuesday night at Hudson Terrace, a luxurious bar and lounge in Hell’s Kitchen overlooking the Hudson River. The main event will begin at 8 p.m., following a VIP reception at 7 p.m.
This year’s sexy benefit will be circus themed, with tricks by Lady Circus including aerial acts and stilt walking. DJ Tanner and DJ Louis XIX will take the stage, along with musical performers such as This Ambitious Orchestra. Erotic balloon artist Mistress B will also work the crowd throughout the night, mingling with guests and crafting naughty balloon masterpieces.
In addition to entertainment, the 21-and-over celebration will feature an open bar all night, light refreshments, a raffle and a silent auction fundraiser. Prizes include designer fashion items, restaurant and hotel certificates and “experiences”—ranging from a group cupcake-making class to a 24-carat gold-plated vibrator valued at more than $13,000.
The benefit is organized by PPNYC’s Action Fund Activist Council, a volunteer branch of Planned Parenthood. All proceeds raised at the benefit will go towards health care services, legislative advocacy and education programs across the five boroughs.
Last year’s event drew about 300 attendees and raised more than $23,000, according to Stephanie Demmons, community organizer for PPNYC. Tickets can be purchased online at PPNYC’s website. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door; VIP passes go for $80.
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