The Power of Love! London Charity Gala for the THT

by The Power of Love London in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 30th November 2018 we successfully raised £2,405 with 30 supporters in 91 days

To raise awareness about HIV and money for Terrence Higgins Trust. website: http://www.thepoweroflovelondon.co.uk

by The Power of Love London in London, Greater London, England

The Power of Love is Mighty real! Charity Gala celebrates the work of musicians we lost to AIDS and those living with or affected by HIV, whilst providing a platform for emerging LGBTQA+ artists & their allies. 

This December is the 30th anniversary of the first ever World AIDS Day and the 30th anniversary of the death of the amazing singer Sylvester whose song (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real! also celebrates it 40th anniversary this year.

We are organising a Charity Gala for World Aids Day, 7pm Saturday 1st December at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London. W11. Check out our website for more details of the acts. thepoweroflovelondon.co.uk

WE NEED YOUR HELP: we are just 40% of the way to our target. This has been achieved through Social Media and the hard work of our team of volunteers at TPOL, but now we need your help.

PLEDGE ON THE CROWDFUNDER: we have lots of amazing rewards to be had – or if you prefer, just donate. crowdfunder.co.uk/poweroflovelondonRemember, every little helps!

SHARE OUR CROWDFUNDER! We believe that The Power of Love is a great project that will benefit the local community and the wider community of artists and musicians in London. The £5,000 we are hoping to raise through Crowdfunder will enable us to cover the cost of the event so more of the profits can go to Charity.

THE OBJECT:is to raise awareness, particularly in young people, around HIV, and how the illness still affects people today. All profits from the event will go to The Terrence Higgins Trust http://www.tht.org.uk to enable them to continue the work they are already doing.

COME TO OUR CONCERT! The Power of Love: is Mighty Real! Is a musical celebration of the lives of those we lost to AIDS and those living with or affected by HIV. We have some amazing artists appearing on the night: with several winners from this year's Pride’s Got Talent, a rock and an electropop band, soloists, a flautist, a gospel choir and a musician’s collective performing a disco medley! There will be dancing, drag queens and so much fun - don't miss it!

We will cover songs from Freddy Mercury, Sylvester (of course), Jermaine Stewart, Sharon Redd and the B52's, as well as Holly Johnsons' The Power of Love and songs that speak of the impact the illness had through those we lost.

We believe that The Power of Love is a great project that will benefit the local community and the wider community of artists and musicians in London. The £5,000 we are hoping to raise through Crowdfunder will enable us to cover the cost of the event so more of the profits can go to Charity.

Anything you can donate would be truly amazing, and to say thank you, we have some special 'rewards' listed on the right of this screen.

My story : 26 years ago, I lost the love of my life, Tony, to AIDS. It is a loss that haunts me to this day, so much it inspired me to put on this concert.

I met Tony when I was 19 and he was 32 years old (1986). Tony was the most amazing person I ever met. Back then, our love was illegal as the age of consent for gay men was 21 (it was lowered to 18 in 1994 and equalised at 16 in 2001)! Around that time AIDS was just being reported about — risky times!

Tony was the funniest, cleverest most creative person I have ever met, even to this day. His star burned so amazingly bright! I was quite lost when I met Tony and he inspired and encouraged me to get back on track with my own creativity; eventually helping me through college and off to University to do my Fine Art degree. A dream I had almost given up on.

Tony educated me in so many ways and music was a big part of our relationship. It seems a fitting tribute to a man who put me on my path to where I am now, for which I am eternally grateful. I also lost many friends, people I admired and people who inspired me to AIDS: from Sylvester, to Freddie Mercury, to Mapplethorpe and Keith Haring. It was a horrific forest fire that tore through the gay creative community — the very community I had dreamed my whole life to be part of. I had danced next to Freddie Mercury & Kenny Everett in Heaven around the time I met Tony. These men were my heroes and I lost them all.

Why Music? Music was a big part of Tony & my relationship, both of us loving the people we lost to Aids. More recently I began to learn to sing and joined a gospel choir. Through this, I met inspirational artists and sang songs that reminded me of Tony and the loss I felt for him still. These songs inspired to do something positive and celebratory and some of the songs and artists I discovered along the way will appear in the show.

This Concert is for Tony, for Sylvester, for all of those who died, and for all of us affected by HIV.




Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Thank you

For some, £5 might not seem much, but for us, £5 means the world. Thank you for donating.

£10 or more

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Tote Bag

For pledging £10 you will recieve a beautiful Tote bag with our unique Power of Love logo we have had designed, printed on a plain black background (I will post images as soon as we can get them).

£10 or more

Email from the team

For pledging £10, our team will send you a personalised thank you email to let you know how much your donation means to us.

£15 or more

Shout on Social Media

For pledging £15 you will get a shout out on all our Social Media thanking you for your reward and a thank you email from the team.

£15 or more

Personalised progress updates and social shoutout

For pledging £15, you will receive a perosnal thank you email and a program. Additionally, we'll shout out about your donation on social media, so please let us know your social media handles when you donate. We will also send you personalised emails to keep you up to date with the status of the project.

£30 or more

Signed Program

For pledging £30 you will recieve a signed copy of the beautiful program which will have amazing pictures and biographies of all the performers from the night as well as YOUR name in it and other background information.

£30 or more

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Balcony seating front row

For pledging £30 you get to have a 1st row balcony seat for the spectacular show! If you go onto the tabernacle website, under venue hire for the concert hall there is a diagram of seating plans.Ours will be the caberet style where the tables are in the centre area (it shows here as tiered seating) and on the raised balcony there are two rows of seats. This is for the front row - best view. There are only 20 available in advance.

£50 or more

Personal video message

For pledging £50, you will receive a personalised video message thanking you for you to show your friends and post on Social Media. Be clear with the name you would like us to use and what kind of message such as greeting, thank you or birthday message/song.

£500 or more

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Platinum Friend

If you pledge £500 you would joint sponsor all filming and video production of the concert, creating a permanent record of the concert with superb video recordings for all artists and participants. Complimentary concert tickets for yourself and eight guests. VIP drinks reception with the chance to meet the solo artists. Exclusive credit in the concert programme and film credits. Access to a range of exclusive privileges before and after.

£600 or more

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VIP table for 10 at the very front with champagne

For pledging £600 you will get a table for 10 in the main arena at the very front (which is less than 3 metres from the main stage) and get to experience the feeling of being right beside the performers. You will get two bottles of complimentary champagne and signed programs for you and your friends and a personal mention on the night and in the program. There are only 2 pledges so don't delay

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