Celebrating 10 Years as Atlanta's Best Costume Party & Fundraiser!

Purim off Ponce is SOJOURN's annual fundraiser. Now in its tenth year, Purim off Ponce has been known as one of Atlanta's greatest costume parties. Great drinks, dancing, and of course, drag queens! All proceeds from Purim off Ponce support the important work of SOJOURN.

Purim off Ponce 2016 honored the work of Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality. In recognition of his longtime support of SOJOURN, Jeff received the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award.

 


Our Honoree

Jeff Graham

 

Jeff is the executive director of Georgia Equality, an organization that works to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities throughout Georgia. Jeff began advocating on LGBT and AIDS related issues as a college student in the mid-1980s and has continued his advocacy on these issues since that time. He has been involved in a wide variety or grassroots and legislative advocacy campaigns and has served as either an executive director or board member to a number of local and national organizations working on issues related to gay and transgender rights, access to healthcare, community empowerment and HIV/AIDS. Jeff has received numerous awards and recognition for both his advocacy and nonprofit work from organizations such as the National Center for Human Rights Education, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta City Council, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, ACLU of Georgia and several local publications and organizations within the LGBT and HIV communities. He is a current board member of ProGeorgia and co-chairs the national Equality Federation. 

During his tenure at Georgia Equality he has helped secure employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity in numerous municipalities and has been instrumental in the passage of statewide legislation to provide stronger protections for all students from bullying and harassment.  He has provided leadership on the work to defeat a harmful religious exemption bill in the legislature that would create a vehicle to discriminate against the LGBT community. He served as a Grand Marshal of the Atlanta Pride Parade in 1999, 2010 and 2012 and has recently been named one of the 55 most influential Atlantans by Atlanta Magazine. Jeff has been a longtime supporter of SOJOURN and The Rainbow Center and was instrumental in its transition to independent agency, serving as a resource and advocate.

Jeff currently resides in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta with his husband of twenty-five years, Peter.  They share their home with Josie, the spoiled-rotten dog, and Terrance and Philip, the out-of-control cats.

Check out the tribute video for our honoree, Jeff Graham.


About the Michael Jay Kinsler Rainmaker Award

The 2016 video tribute to Rainmaker Award namesake Michael Jay Kinsler, narrated by his late mother, Margaret Kinsler Shainker.

In 2014, the Rainmaker Award was renamed in honor of Michael Jay Kinsler. Michael was an active member of Congregation Bet Haverim and the Atlanta LGBT community and dedicated much of his life to ensuring that gay and lesbian Jews had a place to worship where they could find solace and pride. We hope to honor Michael's legacy of inclusion and action for many years to come.




Purim Off Ponce Co-Chairs

Staci Kinsler Gelbaum & Stacey Lasky

 

Featuring Entertainment From

Jaye Lish and her Birds of Paradise


Thank you to our Sponsors and Hosts

(as of March 3, 2016)

Sapphire

Dan Bloom and Barry Golivesky


Emerald

Charlie Chasen and Jamie L. Collins

Marcie and Barry Koffler

Susan Kupferberg and Richard Mitchell

Howard Rosner, MD

Cindy Solomon


Jasper

Abbie Fuksman and Ron Leopold

 

Topaz

Joseph Kennedy Chancey

Brett Davis and Heidi Laki

Lanny and Sandra Lesser

Osiason Education Foundation

Rebecca and Jennifer Stapel-Wax

Joan M. Stuart

 

Garnet

Rabbi Joshua Lesser and Alex Ramaldes

Mike Lorton and Gary Youngblood

Rodger Marks and Jack Pelham

Howard and Patty Maziar

Gail and Butch Medwed

Rabbi Dr. Karen Reiss Medwed and Marc Medwed

Robbie Medwed

Marian Meyers and Lauren Rich

Mr Reid and Dr Larisa Pearlman

Barry Roseman

Dara Merlin and Meredith Ragains

Leanne Rubenstein

Emily Rubin and Monique Mikrut

Susan and Rabbi Neil Sandler

Noel Page and Thomas Shibley

Marc and Tamara Schwartz

Mark Spieler and Peter Bjerkerot

Lynn and Eric Tarnow

Jennifer Weissman and Stephen Kay

Kyle Williams and Larry Kosten

Dolly and Bernie Wax

 

 

Jan and Gregg Bedol

Faye Dresner

Sam and Eddie Dressler

Al Endel and Derek Lowery

Glen Paul Freedman

Staci Kinsler Gelbaum and Jesse Gelbaum

Page Gleason and Richard Campbell

Jeff Graham and Peter Stinner

Syliva Gross

Bryan Golson and Michael Gross

Drs. Harry Heiman and Abby Friedman

Rabbi Joshua and Wendy Heller

Tonja Holder and Satyam Barakoti

Gus Kaufman, Ph.D

Sharon Levine Khoury

Sharon Kinsler Karlan

Beverly Korfin and Andrea Finn

Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus and Rabbi Micah Lapidus

Rebecca Leary and Scot Safon

Sheryl Lee

 

Community Partners

 

In-Kind Sponsors

Beck's Place Catering