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A $100K Holiday Gift to NYC's LGBT Youth

A $100K Holiday Gift to NYC's LGBT Youth


Thanks to a $100,000 donation from Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea to New York's Ali Forney Center, dozens of LGBT youth won't have to spend another night sleeping in subway cars or selling themselves for a warm bed.

The couple recently contributed to the Ali Forney Center after seeing a 60 Minutes special on homeless children in Florida. Selvaggi and Shea also say they were inspired by a guest post on the Joe.My.God blog from Ali Forney Center executive director Carl Siciliano.

The gift from Selvaggi, an accountant, and Shea, the director of creative services for Autism Speaks, "kicked off a $1 million campaign to raise money to increase the number of beds available to keep homeless LGBT teenagers off the streets at night," according to the Wall Street Journal. There are approximately 1,600 homeless LGBT youth in the New York City-area and currently only 250 beds designated for them. Selvaggi and Shea's contribution will help take many of those kids off the street. Click here to read more.

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