Currently starring in the fifth season of Girls, actor and Out100 honoree Andrew Rannells has announced he will be the host and honorary co-chair of the Jeffrey Fashion Cares event, an annual fundraiser for HIV/AIDS and LGBT organization.
"It is an honor and privilege to be the host and honorary co-chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares this year," Rannells said. "They have assembled another great team to heighten awareness of those living with HIV/AIDS, and I look forward to being part of this evening and showing my ongoing support the LGBT community."
Now in its 13th year in New York City, the Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway show and auction event was created by retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, the founder of the luxury boutique chain Jeffrey (and VP of Nordstrom), to support people affected by HIV/AIDS, help LGBT youth, and raise overall awareness on the discrimination faced by the LGBT community.
Since its inception in Atlanta, in 1992, the Jeffrey Fashion Cares initiative has raised over $11 million for both New York- and Atlanta- based organizations, donating on average 90% of all proceeds from the event.
"We are thrilled to have Andrew as our master of ceremonies and honorary chair," Kalinsky said. "His personality and humor will be an enormous asset."
Jeffrey Fashion Cares New York will take place on April 4, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum. This year, the proceeds will go to ACRIA, the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), and Lambda Legal.