We have a lot of fun at Bingo every week but I'm always mindful of the reason we do it - to raise funds for LGBT causes. I'm a huge supporter of AVP, Cheer, AIDS causes, gay theater and many other orgs but perhaps none this past year held as much emotional impact as booking the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As everyone who is reading no doubt remembers, we went through a difficult year/year and a half in the industry where we lost a number of our brightest talents to suicides.
Anyway, of course as we all know, suicide isn't regulated to a few porn stars. Suicide happens in the larger community far too frequently. You might not read about the guy who jumped off the building or swallowed a bunch of pills, but these things happen in our neighborhoods with frightening regularity.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention works hard to end that with walks, information on warning signs and resources to help.
Given what we've been through in the past couple years, I really wanted to devote a night to raising funds for the org, but on the night that I had scheduled them, a work thing came up and I was going to be out of town.
Candy has told the touching story of how her father died of AIDS 20 years ago and Bryan (and I think I can share this without being too personally invasive) has expressed a deep concern over the losses we've suffered so I knew that both of them would be perfect choices - plus they're both talented, sexy and tons of fun. :)
And so, while I was in Westchester managing a couple hundred executives, Candy and Bryan made it their business to raise hundreds of dollars for this this incredible organization.
Now we did have a surprise second porn star booked for the night but they got held up at Lucas Entertainment due to a shoot that went long - I was in a cab when I got the news that the scene - a 'footing' scene was going to prevent the surprise. Naturally, I think if someone is going to cancel, this is a pretty good reason. LOL
Anyway, I heard that Candy and Bryan were phenomenal and whenever anyone refers to it, they get a kind of glow. You can't ask for more than that. :)
You can see the pics by clicking here.. Thanks AB for takng such great shots - and for filling me in, blow by blow, throughout the night.
Candy Samples will return to emcee the Will Clark Show on Wednesday October 9th, a show to benefit the New York Aquatics swim team!