Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Out Loud in 2010

I was born with bugle horns and trumpets in my heart,
Mandolins & accordions & voices in three parts
Pounding drums and guitar strums
And choirs singing out
I was born to love, love out loud

From 2001 to 2005 with the help of Chris Meloni's participation in eBay auctions it was, needless to say, rather easy to raise funds as an individual. Meloni provided an identity for the process that was an extension of his own personal generosity. It seemed a natural progression as a member of the Smart + Strong family to raise the bar as far as fund-raising was concerned. It was gratifying that Ilene Kristen of One Life to Live was the very first to step up when the idea was formulated. When All My Children's Thorsten Kaye came on board the first event started to take shape because loyal fans stepped up to give it life, especially in New York. Fund-raising as a team, as an entity, if you will, with individuals using their personal resources to do so can utilize events with other fund raising opportunities so easily accessible in New York City, Los Angeles and other urban centers.

The first Love Out Loud took place in 2006 due to the generosity of Rich Herschenfeld and Ian Duke in affording the opportunity at Prohibition on Columbus Ave at 84th, the locale that had been the site of events and fund-raisers for years. Experiencing the AIDS crisis from the early days is a life changing experience. It was homage to friends and others who are no longer with us—having a party in their honour prior to AIDS Walk New York.

Michael Clay of Austin, TX provided the theme, his signature song, the incomparable "Love Out Loud," a paean to loving as one’s nature dictates, an autobiographical sketch of how the emotional struggles of youth brought the singer to musical expression a metaphor/simile for loving and living. Michael could tell many a tale of close friends from his Nashville years and more than one has inspired his original material. They were years full of creativity and connecting personalities.

Michael came to New York with his band and filled Prohibition with a joyous noise along with Ilene Kristen. In 2007, Ken Lundie, Musical Producer, became part of the entertaining tapestry. John Kouri and Tremors eventually became the band of the hour, so to speak, with Ilene Kristen, cabaret chanteuse Barbara Porteus and Mr. Lundie once in following years. In 2008, there were even more celebrities in attendance with CBS shows coming on board with Marj Dusay of Guiding Light taking stage to address the attendees. By that time it had become an Upper West Side tradition. In 2009 the musical experience achieved new heights with the addition of John Pagano who graced Love Out Loud ’s Bacharach to the Future.

Actors from ABC, NBC, CBS, Logo and here! TV have come together at POZ‘s annual fund-raisers for AIDS Walk New York and AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Thorsten Kaye (Zach) of All My Children continues to be there has been joined by fellow cast members Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Billy Miller (Richie), Jeff Branson, (Jonathan),Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Adam Mayfield (Scott) and Brittany Allen (Marissa); One Life to Live’s “Foxy Roxy" Ilene Kristen has been accompanied by talented co-workers, Jason Tam (Markko), John Brotherton (Jared), Mark Lawson (Brody), Bree Williamson (Jessica), Farah Fath (Gigi), John Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Brittany Underwood (Langston), Brandon Buddy (Cole) and Daphnee Duplaix Samuels (Rachel); As the World Turns has been represented by WolĂ© Parks (Dallas), Davida Williams (Jade), Meredith Hagner (Liberty), Mick Hazen (Parker), Van Hansis (Luke), Billy Magnussen (Casey), Trent Dawson (Henry) and Evan Alex Cole (Hunter). Guiding Light past and present has been represented by Murray Bartlett (Cyrus), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni), Zack Conroy (James) and POZ’s good friends Mark Dobies (Noah), and Brian Gaskill (Dylan), who came in from the West Coast in 2009. Project Runway's Jack Mackenroth and Kevin Christiana helped us out in 2008. Thom Christopher, “Hawk” of Buck Rodgers in the 21st Century fame, has been there more than once to add his smiling face to the cause. Soap Opera legend Laurence Lau (All My Children’s Greg Nelson, Another World‘s Jamie Frame) was in the good company of his gift-bearing fans in 2009. Actors Colton Ford and David Moretti from The Lair were on hand to add some spice to the proceedings. Fan favourite Matt Walton (Optimum and One Life to Live)and good friend to POZ has been on hand more than once. Law &Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni greeted his many fans and lent his special presence. Christopher Meloni of NBC’s Law & Roder: SVU taking time out of a very busy schedule to greet his many fervent fans in 2009.

The year that Alicia Minshew of All My Children came was the same year she announced her engagement to long time love, Rich Hershenfeld of Prohibition. The fan response was immense and intense. It was best year for funds!

POZ publisher Megan Strub took stage in 2009 to speak words of encouragement to help mark POZ’s 15th year and its efforts for AIDS Walk New York following in the footsteps of Editor-in-Chief Regan Hofmann in previous years.

Love Out Loud West has been happening in Los Angeles since 2007, first at The Abbey, followed by East/West Lounge and then h.wood for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives),Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless), good friend, Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Thom Bierdz(The Young and the Restless), Lisa LoCicero and Brandon Barash of General Hospital, heartthrobs David Moretti of The Lair, Brandon Beemer of The Bold and the Beautiful with Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Brian Gaskill, who has been on both coasts and, of course, Ilene Kristen an inspiration on every coast.

Los Angeles affords the opportunity for a large crowd of celebrities, among them: Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives), Amanda Baker (All My Children), Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital), Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!), Greg Vaughan (General Hospital), Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift), Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)and Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital.

Singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination)gave an exceptional performance in 2009 that porved that he has a very special talent.

The gracious personal support on the part of members of the entertainment industry to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness helps make POZ events in Los Angeles get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth), Michael Fairman (Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful.

Fairman was instrumental in making the 2008 fund-raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles quite a fĂȘte with Kristoff St. John, Michelle Stafford, Bradford Anderson, Billy Miller and many others.

Strong mention needs to be made of the media participation and support of Kimberly Roots of Soaps in Depth, Roger Newcomb of We Love Soaps and the energetic photographer Steven Bergman.

In 2008 the advent and subsequent friendship of Kevin Spirtas, well known on Broadway and on television, helped bring the World AIDS Day event Bacharach to the Future to fruition. It was more than a memorable evening with many of the best and brightest performers giving life to Burt Bacharach’s compositions highlighting his early contribution to the AIDS struggle with the song “That’s What Friends Are For,” the pioneering recording that benefited The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985.

Katie Adams (Wicked), John Bolton (Curtains) BethAnn Bonner (One Life to Live), Terry Burrell (The Threepenny Opera) Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), Kevin Earley (A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables), Natalie Hiatt (Leading Ladies) Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Sunset Boulevard), Ilene Kristen (Grease, Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Divas Simply Singing), Jill O’Hara (Hair, George M!, Promises, Promises), John Pagano (Burt Bacharach Concert Orchestra), Billy Porter (Angels in America, Jesus Christ Superstar), Linda Purl (Tom Sawyer), Julie Reiber (Wicked, Rent), Tony Roberts (Promises, Promises, Xanadu, Victor/Victoria) Kevin Spirtas (The Boy from OZ), Matt Walton (Hair, Burn After Reading), Pearce Wegener (Gypsy) Director, Bruce Kimmel (The First Nudie Musical, The Brain From Planet X) and Musical Director, Alex Rybeck.

This event not only introduced us to Mr. Spirtas’ very capable producing abilities but also brought some good friends and performers into our life, viz. John Pagano, Sherri Lewis and Ted Detwiler. It was a milestone in the life of Love Out Loud. We are looking forward to similar stellar events in 2010 in collaboration with LIFEbeat and Housing Works.

None of these events would have any meaning without the participation of generous souls like Charlotte Walton, Diane Nilsen, Amy Beard, Kay Gordon, Trudi Bills, Daiva Keys and many others.

Be on the look out for some exciting news in the upcoming year. We will continue to do it again and more so—all out loud, especially with your help!

Friday, November 6, 2009

In The Home Stretch: AIDS Walk Los Angeles

OK, The World Series is over and the local elections, such as they were, are also over. But donating to AIDS Walk Los Angeles is still going on. Click here. Thank you, Soap Opera Weekly, for the photos and giving us a hand in awareness.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Alexandra Danielle Ainsworth

[pictured here with Taylor Spreitler on the right]

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Lexi Ainsworth comes from a father who is a dentist and a mother who is a teacher. She is definitely armed with a brilliant smile and natural intelligence. She more than likely achieved those on her own. While attending an acting boot camp in Los Angeles she caught the attention of an agency who sent her out on her first national commercial audition which she subsequently shot for Barbie. After other commercials and industrials she acquired the roles of Caroline in the AFI short film Caroline Crossing and Grace Budd, the child lead in the independent film The Gray Man. She has also co-starred in the NBC television series Medical Investigation with Kelly Williams and had the recurring role of Tille on WB's Gilmore Girls. Most recently she won the role of Molly in Universal's Feature film Wild Child where she plays Emma Roberts' little sister. Nowadays she appears on the small screen as General Hospital's Kristina, the offspring of two of the show's more powerful characters. Lexi lived up to her great reputation when she unexpectedly came to POZ's fundraising event last week in Hollywood. This young lady who holds much promise lit up the evening.

This young lady's support for AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a reminder that there is still time to donate. Click here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jai Rodriguez, A Wonderful Surprise

David Moretti never lets you down. He said he would bring a surprise to Love Out Loud on October 15th at H.Wood and the surprise was ... Jai Rodriguez. Native New Yorker Rodriguez has many talents and puts them all to good use. He is part of the cast of the very current indie gay film Oy Vey My Son Is Gay, premiering this very evening in Los Angeles. he co-stars with John Lloyd Young.

His imdb bio tells us: Jai is a talented actor, singer and dancer who most recently starred in the lead role of Zanna in the off-Broadway musical hit Zanna, Don't! Jai joined the production after a long stint on Broadway as Angel in the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. Jai is also a fixture among the hip NYC social set, regularly performing his solo act in the newest and hottest nightspots. On Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003), Jai uses all aspects of his professional training and skills as a performer plus his social charisma to coach straight subjects on everything from mixing 'n mingling in a social setting, to conversation skills, and to being at ease on the dance floor. Jai got into singing because when he was younger, he sang in a black gospel choir at church. He then got into acting by acting in school plays quite often.

He is very engaging in person and we were very happy to have him on hand. Here is a clip of a duet with fellow out actor, Cheyenne Jackson from two years ago.

Here he is with Taylor from Days of Our Lives.

Visit his official site.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Angels in Los Angeles

There are angels in Los Angeles who are not on the baseball diamond. One of them is Greg Vaughan. Here is a personally autographed item he provided to help us with funds for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Go here to bid.

There were also other angels who helped us with a lovely event at H.Wood. Gratitude goes out to Amy Beard, Michelle Butler, Karla and Paul Goden. Much thanks to Debbie Morris of the General Hospital Fan Club and Debby O'Connor of who helped promote it.

Donations are still possible. Go here to our team page.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Out Loud in Hollywood

Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live)
Sherri Lewis ( Divas Simply Singing)
Taylor Spreitler (Days of Our Lives)
Amanda Baker (All My Children)
Lexi Ainsworth (General Hospital)
Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives)
Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives and Charlie Wilson’s War),
Brandon Beemer (The Bold and The Beautiful)
Thom Bierdz (The Young and the Restless)
Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless)
David Moretti (The Lair)
Jai Rodriguez (Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!)
Greg Vaughan (General Hospital)
Adam Grimes (General Hospital:Nightshift)
Carrie Southworth (General Hospital:Nightshift)
Brandon Barash (General Hospital)
Lisa LoCicero (General Hospital)
Matt Borlenghi (General Hospital)
singer John Pagano (Pure Imagination).
The gracious support of these wonderful people to help those with HIV/AIDS and its awareness help make POZ events seem to get brighter every year. Michael Maloney (Soaps In Depth), Michael Fairman (Soapside: Advocate's Guide to Daytime) and Tammie Arroyo (Steven Bergman Photography) as members of the media did their part for awareness. POZ is very gratified. It’s grand when the beautiful people do something beautiful. In the following days, be on the look out for some interesting auctions to pop up on line, especially one including the autographed poster from the event.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Love Out Loud for Adam Grimes

We heard from Adam today that he and Carrie Southworth will be at the fund-raiser this evening at H.Wood, What follows is our post from last year when Adam came on board as a star of GH's Nightshift. "The Generous Mr. Grimes:

Function: adjective
1 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation … Synonyms bounteous, bountiful, charitable, free, freehanded, liberal, munificent, openhanded, unselfish, unsparing

Adam Grimes took up acting because he was inspired by his high school drama teacher. It is now this Vermont native’s turn to do the inspiring and inspire he does as General Hospital: Night Shift's Doctor Kyle Julian. He is a member of the long-form comedy group, Supermodel, as well as an alumnus of 10 West Improvisational Theater indicating that this is a rising talent with range and versatility. Add generous to his many attributes, because it didn’t take much for him to agree to be part of Love Out Loud West's "Soaps in the City" on October 16th at East/West Lounge in West Hollywood.
Jack Myers, who also posts on the Huffington Post, had more than one encouraging word bout Adam’s current place of work:

“The stories of these characters may not be ground-breaking, but they are totally engaging, some in a fun and relaxed way, others on a level of surprising emotional connection. The same holds for the many different patients who move through the hospital in every episode, often touching the lives of the doctors and nurses with whom they interact. For example, tonight’s episode further explores the difficult relationship between brothers Leo and Kyle when they become caught up in a conflict between a young woman seeking to honor the wishes of her dying partner and the partner’s homophobic parents.

I’ll close with another line I’m surprised to find myself writing: Night Shift is such a pleasant surprise that I wish SOAPnet would run it one night a week all year long! It has made Port Charles fun again.” Read all of it here.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

You Know Who Your Friends Are: Ilene Kristen and Thom Bierdz

Well, here we are on the threshold of the third Love Out Loud in Los Angeles. It looks like this may be the best of the three. What makes it even better is that exceptional folks who were at the first are now here for the third. Both Thom Bierdz and Ilene Kristen are returning. Both are burning up the small screen these days on The Young and the Restless and One Life to Live. Both performances these days are quite memorable for both high drama in one case and terrific comedic timing in another. Ilene will also be performing at The Acme the following Saturday. Check out the flyer below.

Marc Benno's song sung by Rita Coolidge is playing on the Column of Life player. Here we have videos by both the author and Rita of recent vintage where she explains the meaning of the title. The song is posted in honor of both Thom and Ilene.

Live your life however you want to.
Do whatever you want to and you'll never die.
You can do whatever you want to do,
Whatever you want to do, you can try.

And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes.
You know so you smile but they never realize,
What goes on inside of every me & you.
keeps on a rolling on.
keeps on a rolling on.

Life just lasts a second,
You don't have time to reckon
Things that people say and do.
Try to find your secrets,
Death is just a sequence
to be one day going through.

And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes.
You know so you smile but they never realize,
What goes on inside of every me & you.
keeps on a rolling on.
keeps on a rolling on.

You can love and you can live forever.
You can live forever if you love.
Yeah, just be a giver and help the poor deliver
Something less for something more.

And you know who your friends are by looking in their eyes.
You know so you smile but they never realize,
What goes on inside of every me & you.
It keeps on a rolling on.
Just keeps on a rolling on.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Greg Vaughan and Exceptional Beauty

A great opportunity presents itself in Hollywood on Thursday October 15, 2009 at H.Wood at POZ's fund-raiser and launch party for AIDS Walk Los Angeles with the appearance of fan favourite Greg Vaughan, of late of General Hospital as Lucky Spencer. It's a double treat because he will be accompanied by Touriya Haoud, his exceptionally beautiful wife. Greg himself is no stranger to the adjective. Click here to visit an unofficial site in his honour.

Just for fun, here's Soaps in Depth's feature on Mr. Vaughan from last December. The folks who come to visit and greet Mr. Vaughan will also be experiencing some good fortune in his presence.

There are fond hopes that some of that good fortune will reach AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Here's the donor page.

Here's the event page.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AIDS Walk Los Angeles and Love Out Loud for Timothy Scott


One of the inspirations for participation in AIDS Walk Los Angeles is having known a talented person that went away much too soon. What follows is a post from the last two years about him followed by a letter written by him. He was a delightful person. Would that the universe would send us more like him.

Living in Florence, Italy provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. It was especially true in that threshold of time when the decadent 70s were over and the world was on the verge of what might very well be called the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. In that small pocket of time it seems, in retrospect, that there were some idyllic experiences in spite of living in the onslaught of the world according to Ronald Reagan.

One of those happy times occurred when Timothy Scott arrived in the heart of Tuscany. He was a bundle of energy that simply wanted to enjoy everything around him. He was a dancer. He was a singer -- and that was only in his day to day life. He was also a professional performer.

The happy days included literally dancing down the cobbled streets singing, "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" with the best spontaneous choreography fueled by not too much Vernaccia, one of the best of the dry white Tuscans. Tim said he wanted to use the song for auditions. It was a blessing to inspire him just that much.

Tim was a happy blessing and the blessing carried over when he returned to the States where he joined the original cast of Cats.

The joyous culmination of knowing him came upon visiting New York and seeing him dance and sing gloriously as Mr. Mistoffelees.

Go here to read about Tim when he opened in Cats.

Given his chosen profession not hearing from Tim seemed a matter of course and was accompanied by the hope that his success was continuing.

Life of course went on and once that threshold was crossed into the Age of the "Gay Plague" so much of life as was known was forever changed.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt came to Philadelphia. There on the highest row was this panel:

Tim would be a magical cat forever.

The annual solidarity walk with those who have passed over and with those who live and thrive while the Plague is still with us has arrived again. This website and our team mates will once again ask for your support in helping to change the course of the epidemic. The face of it has changed over these past two decades and, therefore, it is time to remember the beautiful energy that was Tim and others like him. It is time to support those who are still with us in order to keep them with us until they lived to their fulfillment and ours.

Click on the AIDS Walk Banner at the top of this page or just go to the donation page. Thank you for your help thoughout the years.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Love Out loud for Matt Borlenghi

Actor Matteo "Matt" Borlenghi, spent some of his childhood in Italy, a dual US-Italian citizen, the very talented man was born in Los Angeles, California. Matt studied his craft at a variety of schools including Lee Strasberg Institute, Beverly Hills Playhouse and Tracy Roberts Actors Studio. Borlenghi is no stranger to daytime drama series having starred in All My Children as Brian Bodine opposite Kelly Ripa's Hayley, on The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives. He has recently been cast in ABC’s stalwart, General Hospital. He has had numerable guest appearances on television, notably as Russ Francis on The Jeff Foxworthy Show. His film roles include the Nick Cassavetes film Alpha Dog and the independent film Bloody Mary. His own new creation is the independent film Jack Rio in collaboration with director Gregori J. Martin. He will be joining Love Out Loud at H-Wood on October 15th with one of the producers of that film Sean Kanan. Come meet the exceptional Matt Borlenghi as he donates his valuable time to a good cause.

Visit his official site.

Visit Love Out Loud.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Love for Thom Bierdz

MINNEAPOLIS (September 16, 2009)- Over the weekend Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor, Y&R) attended the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) black tie ala where he received the 2009 Visibility Award for his work on behalf of human rights and for bringing awareness to the field of mental illness.

On September 12th at a black tie gala of over 850 people, The Young and The Restless star Thom Bierdz received the 2009 Visibility Award from The Human Rights Campaign. The HRC is in part responsible for helping elect 13 women to both the Senate and House of Reps, to realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. During his acceptance speech Thom said he shares this honor with head writer Maria Arena Bell and producer Josh O'Connell for their courage to write Phillip Chancellor III as a multi dimensional gay man cultivating important relationships within his family, telling important new storylines that have not been seen before.

Thom said, “I am so excited to be so respected by a group that cares so much for equality.” He added, “This means more to me than any award I have gotten.” As most fans know by now, Phillip's story on the show hits close to home for Thom, as does the cause of mental illness which he shares about in his award winning autobiography, Forgiving Troy.

Love Out Loud for Greg Vaughan

From Soap Opera Digest: Greg Vaughan, a self-proclaimed mama's boy, was born and raised in Dallas. While in high school, he began modeling to raise a few bucks. Upon graduation, however, a top modeling agency in Milan came calling, and Vaughan headed to the runways of Italy. There, he booked a campaign for legendary designer Giorgio Armani. That was soon followed with work on the Gianni Versace Versus campaign and jobs on high-profile campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic. After three years abroad ... Vaughan moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Almost immediately, he was signed by an agent and landed several TV guest appearances before snagging a regular role on the Aaron Spelling prime-time sudser Malibu Shores. Shortly thereafter, Vaughan went on to a recurring role on Beverly Hills 90210 and then starred on Charmed for one season. Daytime came knocking in 2002 …
General Hospital's Lucky Spencer cut quite the figure looking like Greg Vaughan who has played the character the longest from 2003 until now. Is it the cleft chin? Is it the unique hue of his eyes? Greg Vaughan who is thus blessed is not the first man to capture the imagination with exceptional looks yet it is not only that vision that keeps his many fans smitten, but it is his innate ability as well that has kept them tuned in to the roles he plays. Those fans who have met him will readily tell you that he is also blessed with obvious warmth and sincerity. He is bringing all of that to H-Wood on Octber 15th for POZ's fund-raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Visit here.

Greg's Unofficial Fan Site.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Love Out Loud for Thom Bierdz

The beauty of Thom Bierdz is that he has evolved from a TV teen heartthrob into a consummate artist. The journey has taken him beyond tragedy and into a new life as an award winning author and a recipient of the Thalians' "Key to the Light" award.

What this says about him is that he is a survivor and a survivor is exactly what this event calls for. On his coming out of the closet: "I'm no hero here because I did not come out when my career was going strong and I could have made an impact. I came out when my career was at its lowest and I did it for sanity -- my sanity in order to make my world mesh with the 'real' world, I had to find equilibrium. I had to find my truth and stand for all that I am. And a big part of me is being gay. I've have always been more comfortable in the gay world." Well, Thom is back on The Young and The Restless in a landmark return. He may not be a hero in his own mind, but this brave and gentle soul's life has evolved into one that can inspire. We're glad that Thom will be joining the POZ team at H-Wood on October 15th.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Love Out Loud for Brandon Barash

Brandon Barash is armed with a certain kind of panache that could not but give bright life to one of General Hospital's many bad boys, Johnny Zacchara. Brandon fell in love with acting while still in high school and this love for his craft has blessed us with his presence on television from The Gilmore Girls to 24, NCIS and now General Hospital. His dedication to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is well known and indicates a dedicated and kind individual. He has actually found time for POZ's efforts to raise funds for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. This is his second year in a row that he will be with the event. Many will be looking foward to his appearance in the company of co-star Lisa LoCicero. His fans will get the chance to greet the disarmingly charming Mr. Barash at Hollywood's H-Wood. Go here to get details about the event.