Get Involved June 3, 2012

5th Annual "Songs" Benefit Concert: A Moving Night for Equality

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Photo: The Cast of Songs in the Key of Equality 2012, Credit: Leslie Barbaro Photography

“I have been married for the past eight months to the man I love – and they have been the happiest eight months of my life. I Swish because everyone deserves to be this happy.”

Through unexpected tears, cast member Sarah K. Marchetti-Gleim proclaimed why she is committed to creating a world where love is equal to an audience hushed with bated breath. This palpable connection was the end-point of a journey created by the Songs in the Key of Equality 2012 cast and crew. Under the direction of stage director Stephen Brotebeck, musical director Matt Vinson, and co-producers/cast members Matthew Kovach and Allison Hooban, Swish’s mission of equality was transformed into a musical call-to-action – to which the attendees answered loud and clear.

The annual benefit concert, now truly a trademark occasion for the NYC LGBT community, has grow considerably since its inception in 2007. Countless sponsors and volunteers have donated their time and efforts over the years to build the show into the landmark event it was for Swish this year. The event’s lead sponsor, Mount Gay Rum, led the way for so many other generous sponsors such as Second Stage Theatre, Mercy Health Supplement, Baconery, Nolita House, and Grey Dog Café to lend a hand in creating a successful evening which raised over $8,000 for Swish.

The event’s executive producer, Mathew T. Hotta, was both proud and honored to be at the helm of what he feels was greater than a simple concert, but a true moment of change. In acknowledging the many seen and unseen hands that were responsible for the event’s success, he stated “The creation of an opportunity, of a chance for anyone to lend their voice and energy to push forward this movement, is what Swish aims to do. Tonight, it did just that.”

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