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Healed With A Kiss benefit: An event that celebrates empowerment

Annabelle Dexter-Jones
Annabelle Dexter-Jones
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Recently, the Love Heals Next Generation Committee along with Annabelle Dexter-Jones, hosted the 6th annual Healed With A Kiss benefit at Up & Down in the Meatpacking District. The benefit raises funds for Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education that empowers young people in the fight against HIV. The organization provides educational and advocacy programs to help young people make informed choices. Notable guests in attendance included Wes Gordon, Timo Weiland, Eliza Howard, Molly Howard, Caitlin Donovan, Paul Arhnold, Lily Grant, Samantha Perelman, Alex Nordstorm, Eric von Strohl, James Cruickshank, Bee Shaffer, Alison Cemla, Michael Goldberg, Tracy Dubb, Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, Nneya Richards, Nell Diamond, Naomi Thomas, and Sophie Elgort. Sponsors for Healed With A Kiss included Belvedere Vodka, 6 Shore Road, Up & Down, Baron von Fancy, Budweiser, Unifund, Alison Lou, and Flour Shop.

Music was provided by DJ Harley Viera-Newton and guests enjoyed assorted cocktails such as Belvedere cocktails and wine, as well as desserts. There was also a David Yurman raffle that took place at the event. Guests certainly enjoyed the fun tunes that DJ Harley Viera-Newton was spinning and danced the night away in the downstairs portion of the venue. Healed With A Kiss is one of Love Heals’ biggest fundraisers of the year, and it was wonderful to see such an amazing turnout. For more information about Love Heals, please visit What a meaningful, philanthropic endeavor!