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Kline Time Pride Raises $10K for Ali Forney Center

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Kine Time Pride

Evan Kline’s pride/birthday bash

raises $10,000 for Ali Forney Center.

06-22-22

If you’ve ever ventured out into some of the glitziest parties in Manhattan, you’ve probably run into the hunky Evan Kline and a few of his equally chic and attractive friends. It’s hard to miss them; they are all very tall, well dressed, and gorgeous as hell.

Evan’s birthday happens to fall on the same week as New York City Pride, and in 2021 he had the idea of celebrating the two simultaneously and in his own way.

“That year, I felt prouder than ever to be a part of the community, and I wanted to bring together all the New Yorkers I love under one roof. Obviously, a birthday is always a good reason to celebrate, but I really wanted to celebrate Pride. I’m not great at a lot of things, but a semi-talent and a passion of mine is to organize and produce events. I’ve done it since I was in high school. And by 2021, I had the right connections and resources to put on a really memorable Pride event that I decided to name Kline Time Pride.”

For last year’s event, all guests were encouraged to donate to LGBTQ+ organizations: The Trevor Project, InterPride, Keshet, and amfAR.

In May of this year, Evan was invited to the Ali Forney Center (AFC) Gala as a plus one. He admits that he’d heard of the Center before, but didn’t have any sort of grasp about the work AFC does with LGBTQ+ youth, protecting them from the harms of homelessness and equipping them with the right resources to be independent.

“It was so inspiring to hear about other people’s experiences, but what really moved me that night was when a friend of mine of many years unexpectedly appeared on the stage to accept an award.”

Terence Edgerson, also known as NY Social Bee, has built quite a name for himself within the New York nightlife scene and now is one of the board members of Ali Forney, but Evan had no idea that Terence used to be the center’s client.

“Terence’s story and speech really hit home with me. That night, I left feeling very inspired and passionate about giving back to my community through AFC,” says Evan. “I was on a mission.”

Terence Edgerson

Linux

The Gala happened right around the time when Evan started to plan his second Kline Time Pride bash at JIMMY rooftop in SoHo.

“I thought, this year I want to raise as much money for the Ali Forney Center as possible. I reached out to the owner of JIMMY, David Rabin, and the bar’s general manager Sayora. Sayora helped secure a donation from Hendrick’s Gin and Milagro Tequila that would help cover the overhead fees. They committed to also sponsor an open bar for the first couple of hours of the event to help with fundraising efforts.” 

Next, Evan put up a message to his Instagram followers asking if any brands or people would like to get involved in an upcoming pride event. The responses from his network to support were immediate. Velour Medical gave a direct donation to AFC and gifted free services to top donors, Selina hotels donated a stay at their Chelsea location, Barry’s Bootcamp donated classes for the raffle, and Harper+Scott donated beautiful branded tote bags for all of the guests.

“My friend Geo, of Geo Events, came up with this incredible step and repeat, and a beautiful neon light set up outside. One of the most touching things that happened was when I asked nightlife’s IT girl Linux to be one of my hosts. She categorically refused to be paid when she found out that I was raising money for the Ali Forney Center and showed up to support this event.”

Harper+Scott tote bags

“At first, I set the goal of raising five thousand dollars for AFC,”

says Evan,

”we hit that goal a day before the event, so I raised it to ten thousand. Everyone who was coming to the event had to donate at least something; and to increase donation size, those who gave a certain amount were entered into the raffle.”

The night’s theme “Category is: Electric Runway” was evident not only from the bold lewks from the hundred of guests but also from the glowing energy throughout the event. While Glow Job and Jan Sport entertained guests with their performance numbers, The Muses and Timo Weiland kept the glamourous crowd dancing the night away. 

“By the end of the night, we had raised almost nine thousand dollars, which was well beyond what I had ever expected to raise for a birthday pride party. Unexpectedly, towards the end of the night, a somewhat newer friend of mine said he was moved by the night and by the mission of AFC and was committed to donating whatever distance we were away from achieving ten thousand. And he did.” 

This year, Kline Time Pride raised over $10,000 to benefit the Ali Forney Center. Evan estimates that over 90% of people that attended his event had never donated to AFC before.

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Detox and Love Will Save the Day

Love Will Save the Day (LWSD)

THE SEVILLE

NIGHTLIFE

09-08-21

LWSD is a New York Fashion Week party produced by Deryck Todd and Evan Kline in association with LDV Hospitality was “a love letter to the rebirth of New York, written on the dance floor.”

Co-hosted by ladygunn magazine, the event took place at The Seville. Timo Weiland and Malik Lindo DJayed the night away, while drag superstar Detox performed for the fashionable crowd.

Other notable guests included Margie Plus, Quenlin Blackwell, CT Hedden, Barton Cowperthwaite, Phil Gomez, Ethan D’Spain, Ryan Clark, Alexander Hankin, Jeff Perla, Ryan Thomas Roth, and more.

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Ty Sunderland’s Pop Diva Party Is “Heaven On Earth”

NIGHTLIFE

Ty Sunderland’s

Heaven On Earth (HOE)

The monthly pop diva-themed party Heaven On Earth began in late 2017 at a Chinese restaurant called China Chalet.

03-03-20

Heaven On Earth (HOE) started as a Blackout album tribute party, celebrating the album’s 10th anniversary. The event was so successful that it turned into a monthly shindig, keeping the name of one of the album’s track as the party’s namesake.

The album came out during the most controversial years of Britneys’s career. Remember the head shaving, the umbrella attack, and the lethargic performance at the VMAs?

Even though Blackout came out during Britney’s troublesome years and did not receive much promotion from her camp, many fans and critics consider it to be one of Britney’s best works to date.

As music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine perfectly put it in his review of the album for AllMusic,

“As an album, it holds together better than any of her other records, echoing the sleek club-centric feel of In the Zone but it’s heavier on hedonism than its predecessor, stripped of any ballads or sensitivity, and just reveling in dirty good times. So Blackout acts as a soundtrack for Britney’s hazy, drunken days, reflecting the excess that’s splashed all over the tabloids, but it has a coherence that the public Britney lacks.”

It seems that this exact sentiment served as an inspiration for Ty throwing a tribute to the pop diva who ruled the world of the millenials – a dirty good time splashed across with a rainbow brushstroke, reminding you of your younger self playing in your mom’s closet when she was out of the house while lip syncing your favorite pop songs into a hairbrush. The only difference now is that you are doing it out in the open with a couple hundred other like-minded people.

Each edition of HOE is dedicated to a diva or a different combo of divas; themes of past events were dedicated to Mariah Carey, Spice Girls, Britney vs Madonna, Rihanna vs Ciara, and so on.

UPDATE: On July 5, 2020 China Chalet closes its doors for good.

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She’s A Riot VIII

She’s A Riot

NIGHTLIFE

VIII

She’s A Riot VIII with cast of Ain’t Too Proud Musical, Greg Krelenstein (formerly of The Misshapes), Paolo Fanoli and more.

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She’s A Riot VI

She’s A Riot

NIGHTLIFE

VI

She’s A Riot VI with Aquaria, Ty Sunderland, Timo Weiland, D. Smith, Kyle Hagler, ISLYNYC and more.

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She’s A Riot: An Outrageous Soirée In The Sky

NIGHTLIFE

She’s A Riot: An Outrageous Soirée In The Sky

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Every month “an outrageous soirée in the sky” draws in an eclectic crowd to the top of The Standard Highline.

“Honestly, my mom said ‘SHE’S A RIOT’ when I was growing up all the time. She would tell a funny story about an outlandish friend of hers and always end it with ‘SHE’S A RIOT.’ The event was created for people to celebrate their flaws, triumphs, and be free with hilarity; an outrageous soirée in the sky.” – Deryck Todd, the creator of the event, says about his monthly party at The Boom Boom Room.

“An outrageous soirée in the sky” draws in an eclectic crowd indeed, there are drag queens, pretty boys drenched in cologne, fashion designers, party promoters, models with their agents, trans girls with their sugar daddies, you name it.

As one of the guests’ once perfectly described the vibe of the room: “It’s boujie, but chill.”

Some of the past notable attendees include: Aquaria, music producer D.Smith, party promoter Ty Sunderland, president of Next Model Management Kyle Hagler, accessory designer ISLYNYC, creative director Timo Weiland, performers Katini and Ariana and the Rose .

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She’s A Riot III

She’s A Riot III with Katini Yamaoka, Martin Gregory, Terence Edgerson and more.

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