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2016 Partners in Philanthropy
May 16, 2016

On May 14th 2016, Stephen Gaskin, aka Haley Star, and Gary Jacques, aka LaDiva Jonz were named AIDS Care Ocean State's 2016 Partners in Philanthropy. If it weren't  for their outstanding work hosting the 2015-2016 Bingo Season and their continued support of our mission AIDS Care Ocean State would be lost without these two wonderful entertainers, activists and committed community members.

Stephen Gaskin, AKA Haley Star

The official Glambassador to the City of Providence, with over 50,000 Youtube subscribers and followers  is also a champion supporting HIV/AIDS services.  The first RI AIDS Walk Gaskin participated in he was able to raise $4,000 for in support  HIV/AIDS services. Gaskin performed during one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the world alongside other celebrities at the 2012 Life Ball. He is also a long time participant of the Rhode Island Legend’s Calendar which sales have historically benefitted AIDS Care Ocean State. Gaskin is now celebrating his tenth year participating in Drag Bingo: at first as a patron, then guest caller, then ball puller and now a host. When he's not volunteering for ACOS Gaskin is still out there supporting the community and has  just recently raised over $6,000 in honor of his late father for the Cycle for Survival- benefitting rare cancer research at Memorial Sloane Ketting Cancer Center in NYC. We are so honored and thankful to work with Stephen and proud to name him  a 2016 Partner in Philanthropy.

Gary Jacques, AKA LaDiva Jonz

This remarkable individual has been entertaining audiences for 25 years. Jacques was twice named Entertainer of the Year by Boston’s In News Weekly, as well as, an Imperial Icon and Miss Gay RI Emeritus and served as Empress V of the Imperial Court of RI. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of Jacques coronation. Gary is the kind of person who is always there to help the community in need. Gary is a founding member for the Guys as Dolls show that has raised close to $7,000 for the ACOS Speaker’s Bureau over the past few years. Gary is also a long time participant of the Legend’s Calendar.  Jacques stepped in this year as an official host of Drag Bingo and we’re so thankful for everything he has done for the agency and the community. We are so honored and thankful to work with Gary and proud to name him a 2016 Partner in Philanthropy.

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