Dreams of Hope theatriQ Youth Ensemble.

PPG Wintergarden at 1 PPG Place
April 2
7 p.m. (6 p.m. VIP)

Hit the dance floor, catch Saturday night fever and disco for a great local cause within scenic PPG Wintergarden at Dreams of Hope‘s annual fundraiser.

TheatriQ in rehearsal
TheatriQ in rehearsal

The only arts-focused LGBTQIA youth organization in Pittsburgh, Dreams of Hope was founded in 2003 by Susan Haugh. Using the arts as a catalyst and a platform for creating a welcoming and supportive environment for the region’s LGBTQIA youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied), the organization runs a theater arts program, a summer arts camp and an artist residency program for schools and community centers.

You can help Dreams of Hope strengthen its mission and work in the community—and learn more about how to get involved—at Saturday’s festive fundraiser downtown featuring live performances, music and dance, interactive games, and locally crafted libations and cuisine.

Dreams of Hope
Dreams of Hope

Disco-ers will be serenaded by local jazz icon Etta Cox, an award-winning singer who has appeared on Broadway and in films, co-hosted her own talk show, and has starred in local theatrical productions. Also animating the Wintergarden will be live performances by Dreams of Hope’s very own theatriQ Youth Ensemble.

Serving as auctioneer for the event’s live and silent auctions will be Emmy Award-winning WQED producer, Michael Bartley. Auction highlights include tickets to the US Open, an autographed Mario Lemieux hockey jersey and a home party with a henna artist.

During the event, Dreams of Hope will also present its 2016 Champion Award to Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus, who represents the city’s 3rd District. Kraus, who is dedicated to creating equality and opportunities for the local LGBTQIA community, is being honored for his pioneering work establishing fully inclusive policies in city government, and for providing leadership in supporting Dreams of Hope’s mission and programs.

General admission tickets ($75) include beer from Great Lakes Brewing, drinks from 5801, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Pines Tavern, T-Bones Gourmet Market, B Delicous, Erin’s Deli and more.

Absolute Disco will kick off at 6 p.m. with a VIP pre-party ($150) featuring signature hors d’oeuvres, meet-and-greet photo opps with Etta Cox, exclusive performances by theatriQ, gift bags and all-evening access to an open bar.

Costumes are definitely encouraged (think: Saturday Night Fever). Open to ages 16 and older. Purchase tickets.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.