HIV Experience Resource Organization (HERO) had their annual fundraiser, the Broadway and Ballet HERO Awards on Monday at Stage 48 in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.
This year’s honorees were Broadway star and legend Rachelle Rak and ABT principal and international ballet star James Whiteside.
Receiving the John Adams HERO Award for best Broadway debut was star of Wicked, Michael Campayno. The 2017 HERO Partner Award was presented to The Jed Foundation (JED) for protecting the emotional health of teens and young adults, helping them grow into healthy thriving adults.
The show was hosted by Matty Maggiacomo (Television Journalist and Brand Manager of Barry’s Boot Camp), with technical direction from Tommy Mazza, produced by Stephen Leff. Sponsors included Logo, Biem- Biemteam.com, DRA (Dancers Responding to AIDS), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Hugh Hysell- TheMenEvent.com.