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Feb 18 2019

Wait ‘Til You Find Out Who’s In The Spotlight At The Red Ribbon Gala!

Huge stars are about to shoot onto Sarasota’s social scene next month and we are giddy about it! While award-winning stage and screen actors are enough to rave about, the REALLY big news is that Nuovo’s community-loving owners, James Amato and myself, will be co-chairing said event with Susan Jones  .  .  .  .  .  .  all in support of a wonderful cause.

Yes, you read that right. While Susan is a philanthropic force in our community, and yours truly holds giving back to the community as paramount (with a little social butterfly and a dose of bon vivant thrown in the mix), our dear James prefers to stay firmly and quietly behind the scenes. Whether he’s coaching Fresh Talent, scouring  a budget spreadsheet, or keeping Terry’s feet on the ground .  .  .  .  .  James is all too happy to leave the spotlight to his more, ahhhhh, extroverted business partner.

So what is the occasion that’s important enough to drag this man of mystery out from behind the curtain? .  .  .  .  .  .  CAN Community Health’s inaugural Red Ribbon Gala on March 16!

Yes, both the right and left brains of Nuovo will co-chair this black-tie event with our lovely Susan Malloy Jones, at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota with . . . drumroll, please . . . special guest stars Billy Porter and Mj Rodriguez of the FX drama series, Pose!

I don’t know how many of you have enjoyed the first season of this series, Pose, and its colorful array of characters . . . but I’m obsessed . . . reminding me of that classic movie on the similar subject of “Houses” in NYC in the 80’s, “Paris is Burning.” I’m not embarrassed to say, “This was my time in the disco/new wave/club scene!”

These amazing celebrities are coming to Sarasota to support a truly amazing organization. CAN Community Health is a private nonprofit dedicated to the treatment, care and wellness of people living with HIV, hepatitis C, STD’s, and other diseases.

Their clinics offer comprehensive medical, dental and psychological services and lifestyle counseling to all patients . . . regardless of financial situation or ability to pay.

Nuovo proudly supports several worthy nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and Bradenton, but CAN Community Health has a special place in our hearts. Not only because Susan, Terry and James all danced in CAN dance competitions, but because CAN’s important work literally save lives and their commitment helps to end the HIV stigma.

We believe the Red Ribbon Gala will be one of the biggest and brightest events Sarasota has ever seen! Mr. Porter and Ms. Rodriguez are not only the immensely talented stars of Pose, but they’ve appeared in other hit productions and shows including Rent, Kinky Boots, American Horror Story and Nurse Jackie. We are thrilled they are lending their star power to this important cause!

Billy Porter


Mj Rodriguez


So . . .would you like to join Susan Malloy Jones, myself, Billy Porter, Mj Rodriguez and Nuovo’s own Man of Privacy, James Amato, at the Red Ribbon Gala? Of course you do, my dearests! Details are below—please show up, dress up, and shout out support for a fantastic nonprofit and meet A-listers! And maybe . . .if you’re lucky enough . . .  just maybe, James will even pose for a pic with you.

WHAT: CAN Community Health’s Red Ribbon Gala

WHEN: Saturday, March 16

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

WHY: Funds raised at the Red Ribbon Gala go to medical, social and educational programs that give people living with HIV and other diseases equal opportunities for healthy and productive lives.

HOW: Gala sponsorships from $2.5–$30K are available, while individual tickets are $450. To attend the Red Ribbon Gala, click here; or call (844) 922-2777, dial 0, and request Advancement Department; or email rsvp@cancommunityhealth.org.

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