GRIOT Circle 27th Anniversary Celebration and Reception


You're invited to attend GRIOT’s 27th Anniversary Reception and Celebration. The event will take place the evening of October 19th, 2023, 5:30pm-8pm at the Manhattan home of Geoffrey Hoefer and Thomas Wei of the Omomuki Foundation.

GRIOT Circle Changemaker Honorees

Carmen Neely

Carmen Neely is co-founder of Harlem Pride. Harlem Pride's mission is to empower Harlem’s Same Gender Loving•LGBTQ community (which includes family, friends, and allies) to improve its physical, mental, and economic health and wellness.

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Spanish Speaking Elderly Council - RAICES

The goal of the organization is to focus on enriching the participants' lives, building upon their skills, knowledge, and unique abilities and strengths. This is achieved by providing the members with innovative health and wellness activities that include, but are not limited to: arts and crafts, musical entertainment and sing-a-longs, health and wellness activities.

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27 years ago, the founders created GRIOT (Gay Reunion In Our Time) Circle to serve the critical needs of LGBTQ+ elders of color.  We remain dedicated to the original intention. In that same spirit of our founders, we are honoring those who truly work on behalf of our communities, continually speaking up and out against injustices and oppressions, and for a world of equity, dignity, and respect. 

This year we need you more than ever. GRIOT Circle places the well-being of our elders in the forefront as we continue to offer a rich array of innovative virtual & in-person programs, supportive services and calls, nutrition, and special needs assistance. These programs have been, and continue to be, their lifeline to lessen isolation and nurture health and hope. Our goal is to bring our communities together at a time when we need each other even more.

Learn more about GRIOT at

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Interested in Joining Our Host Committee?

As a host, you will be supporting and honoring the elders and ancestors who have blazed a path for us and continue to be an important part of our communities. This event is one of our largest means of broad support each year. Please let us know by September 22nd, if you agree to be on the Host Committee so we can begin to list you on our event materials.

For more information contact Executive Director Jose Albino at or Event Consultant Kim Ford at