All photos by Erika Hokanson.
We worked Fashion Week, drove a Weinermobile, toured with RuPaul, sold chocolate chip cookies — and got more than we bargained for. These were just a few of the “first jobs” our storytellers shared during our April 24 event, TueNight Live. The evening was a benefit for Higher Heights, a phenomenal organization that works to get more Black women into political life — as candidates and participants. Thanks to generous donations from ticket buyers, those who donated at the event and a matching gift from philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch, we raised over $6000! Thank you for that. Now, some snaps:
We cozied up in the drop-dead gorgeous Wing Dumbo location.
Chatting up new and old friends.
Margit took the mic, introducing the night.
Kimberly Allen-Peeler, co-founder of Higher Heights, talked about the HH mission and about her job as a 15-year-old Girl Scout spending a week in a congressional office… during Tailhook. Watch her story here.
Mallory Kasdan reads her first job essay about touring the country with RuPaul during his book tour.
Dee Poku described working as a fashion assistant at London’s Fashion Week. With all the drama you would imagine that entails.
And then we mingled…
And of course donated to Higher Heights.
Back from break, we listened to the incredible New York City Public Advocate, Letitia “Tish” James. Tish talked about what it means to her to be the first city-wide elected woman of color, and the difference she can make, especially for underserved communities. Watch her talk here.
She also shared her own, heartbreaking first job story about being a nursing assistant.
Our fan favorite Stacy London told a gripping — and yet somehow hilarious — story of her first job in a cookie store… with an amazing surprise twist at the end.
Margit and Adrianna were still giddy as they raffled off T/N totes to two lucky winners.
Finally, the incomparable Robin Gelfenbien told her story of stalking her perfect first gig: Driving a Weinermobile. Watch her tell it – she’s a real ham.
Which, of course, ended in a re-enacted tap dance. Tish James stayed to watch and clap!
And later, Tish and Robin sang the Oscar Meyer Weiner theme song with weiner whistles…