Triad House Ball for LGBT youth home is a huge hit

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The energy could not be contained by the Ronson Aviation Hangar at Trenton-Mercer Airport on April 14. The beats and the love flowed from all corners as dozens of youth and young adults from all across New Jersey gathered to support LGBT youth at the first annual Triad House Ball. Against a dramatic backdrop of private aircraft, the night dissolved into simple bonheur as partygoers let loose and danced the night away.

The ball benefited Triad House, the only group home for abused and abandoned LGBT youth in New Jersey. The result of four months of hard work by student leader volunteers from The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Community College, the event garnered major financial and marketing support from companies such as GLOBAL and Grindr, and raised more than $1,000 for ongoing programs at Triad House.

“Being a part of the planning committee was a lot of fun,” says Sara Jean Abbott, co-president of MCCC’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Friends group. “We did a lot of work and the ball went really well!”

Miss Pumpkin, the event’s drag emcee, brought tactful moments of respite to the revelry with performances of heartfelt ballads. Divinity Banks, Ms. Gay New Jersey 2011, appeared for a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The highlight of the evening, however, was certainly Paul Boranian’s bid for the title of king with performances of Lily Allen’s “Who’d Have Known” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” Though he maintains that it was his first public performance, many in attendance never would have guessed, as evidenced by the near $200 he raised on the night of the event. Boranian claims his skills come from “hours of watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.” In total, Paul’s fund-raising contribution was nearly $500.

Shannon Kenny, secretary of Mercer’s LGBTF, was crowned as queen.

Triad House plans to hold the event again next year in the same location. “Many of the younger college and high school students who attended this year’s ball have already expressed an interest running for king and queen next year,” says John Mikytuck, director of development at Triad. “The competition could be much tougher.”

The energy could not be contained by the Ronson Aviation Hangar at Trenton-Mercer Airport on April 14. The beats and the love flowed from all corners as dozens of youth and young adults from all across New Jersey gathered to support LGBT youth at the first annual Triad House Ball. Against a dramatic backdrop of private aircraft, the night dissolved into simple bonheur as partygoers let loose and danced the night away.