A campaign sponsored by Jacob Tobia
December 15, 2012

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Twitter: #runforshelter2012

Everyone knows that Hurricane Sandy devastated the City of New York, but what many people don't know is that it was particularly devastating for the Ali Forney Center and NYC's 3800 homeless LGBT youth. Located in Chelsea, the Ali Forney Center is NYC's leading service provider and shelter service for homeless LGBT Youth, and during the storm, the center was flooded with four feet of water. Now a critical lifeline for LGBT youth hangs in the balance, and it's up to us to help them out.

So what am I doing to help out? I'm doing something crazy.

Many of you know me for my gender-bending style and fabulous high-heels, and to help out the Ali Forney Center, I'm putting them to good use. If I can raise $10,000 by Saturday, December 15th, I will run across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge--which is over a mile long--in 5" stilettos. So if you want to see me do the impossible, donate to my campaign and encourage your friends to do the same. 100% of donations will go directly to the Ali Forney Center, and all donations are fully tax deductible.

Together, we can save the Ali Forney Center. Together, we can make a better world for LGBT youth. Are you with me?

Although he’s currently spending a semester in NYC, Jacob Tobia is a Junior at Duke University where he is pursuing a degree in Human Rights Advocacy and Leadership. A lifelong activist and advocate for LGBT rights, Jacob has lead campaigns for anti-bullying laws the protect LGBT students, advocated for LGBT equality within the Methodist chuch, and worked passionately against “defense of marriage” ballot initiatives in North Carolina. This campaign marks his activist debut in NYC, and he couldn’t be more excited to give back to the New York community. A native North Carolinian, Jacob owns seven pairs of high-heels and is eagerly awaiting his eighth. His favorite designer, hands-down, is Jeffery Campbell.

The Ali Forney Center, also known by its acronym AFC, opened in June 2002. It serves mostly Manhattan and Brooklyn youth aged 16 to 24 years, providing them with safe shelter and other help in addition to counseling for their families where needed.

Run for Shelter 2012 Facebook Page

AFC Update on Hurricane Sandy Damage

The New Yorker--Gay Homeless Youth Left Out in the Storm



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