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Gloria Estefan, Broadway Stars Honor LGBT Families At NYC Gala

The Family Equality Council's annual Night at the Pier raised over $1 million.
Gloria Estefan, Andrea Burns and Ana Villafane attended Family Equality Council's 11th Annual Night at the Pier on May 9.&nbs
Gloria Estefan, Andrea Burns and Ana Villafane attended Family Equality Council's 11th Annual Night at the Pier on May 9. 

A bevy of celebrities touched down in New York's Chelsea neighborhood on Monday in honor of some esteemed members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

The Family Equality Council, a U.S. advocacy group that supports the estimated three million parents who identify as LGBT as well as their six million children across the nation, celebrated its 11th annual Night at the Pier May 9. Revelers at the gala, which raised $1 million for the organization, enjoyed live performances by pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Tony Award-winning singer-actress Jessie Mueller and the cast of the Broadway musical, "On Your Feet." 

As magical as the festivities were, the Night at the Pier also had a more poignant aim. The evening's most moving moment was a speech by filmmaker Sharon Shattuck, who accepted the 2016 Hostetter-Habib Family Award for her commitment to advocating for equality as a member of Family Equality Council’s Outspoken Generation program. Her upcoming documentary, "From This Day Forward," recalls her own growing up with a transgender parent. 

Pop superstar Gloria Estefan, who co-hosted the evening with her husband, Emilio, recalled her near-fatal 1990 bus crash while honoring Shattuck and Nick Scandalios, Executive Vice President of the Nederlander Organization, for their efforts on behalf of the LGBT community. 

“Love is all it takes," Estefan told the crowd, "no matter what we face.”

  • Gloria Estefan, Sergio Trujillo, Andrea Burns, and Ana Villafane
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  • Gloria Estefan, Sergio Trujilo and Ana Villafane
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  • Gloria Estefan, Andrea Burns and Ana Villafane
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  • Sergio Trujilo and Jack Noseworthy
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  • Jessie Mueller
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  • Jessie Mueller
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Actress and singer 
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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Actress and singer 
  • Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of the Family Equality Council
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  • Josh Segarra, Nick Scandalios and Ana Villafane
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  • Josh Segarra and Ana Villafane
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  • Nick Scandalios
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  • Andrea Burns
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  • Gloria Estefan, Nick Scandalios and Jennifer Chrisler
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  • Marcia Shattuck, Sharon Shattuck and Trisha Shattuck
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  • Jessie Mueller
     
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  • David Hyde Pierce
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  • Sharon Shattuck
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  • Nick Scandalios
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  • Ana Villafane
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