This past Saturday night, Manhattan Digest held its first fundraiser at the best gay bar in New York City- Gym Sportsbar in Chelsea.  The event itself was held from 7-9 PM in the basement part of Gymbar, and included great giveaways like T-Shirts, Dog Tags and Trial Memberships from Scruff App.  The room was packed throughout with not only friends of mine and fans of the website but a ton of great people who came down and got in on the bidding action & donating for a great cause.  A month of hard work, promotion, donations and all of that paid off and the event was a huge success not only for the website but for raising money for cancer research and patient care.

Manhattan Digest Fundraiser
Credit to: Steve Alb

A big thank you to the following people and organizations as they helped tremendously to make the night a big success.  Rick Schmutzler, co-owner of Gym Sportsbar, for letting us have the event at your fabulous establishment and Serge Sturbois for being a fantastic and amicable bartender throughout the night and helping all of our participants out with a smile.  Thank you to my best friend in the world Nixon Saget who stepped it up ten fold and worked the front desk, encouraged people to donate and helped collect the donations throughout the two hours.  You are an amazing guy and friend and I really do appreciate what you did.  Thirdly, my buddy (and amazing photographer) Steve Alb for his amazing photography he took throughout the night.  Definitely give him a shout for your next event you are having, worth it!

Manhattan Digest Fundraiser
Credit to: Steve Alb

I would also love to thank the following companies and organizations who generously donated an item(s) for people to bid on.  We raised hundreds of dollars for this event with more coming in the next couple of days, and the general response from the people who showed up for the event was gleeful & excitement when they saw what they could bid on for a good cause-

The 414 Hotel

Crunch Gym


Manhattan Digest Fundraiser
Credit to: Steve Alb

H Bake Shop

Best Barber in Hell’s Kitchen

Blue & Black Apothecary in Carroll Gardens

Hustlaball New York

Haru Sushi

Ugg/Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Out Professionals

Manhattan Digest Fundraiser
Credit to: Steve Alb

The Jolly Monk

New York Beer Company

House Of Brews

Coopers Craft & Kitchen

The Guerlain Spa

Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel

Top Shelf Premium

Kenta Long Island


Hard Rock Cafe: Times Square

Manhattan Digest Fundraiser
Credit to: Steve Alb

We will be doing another fundraiser hopefully in the next month or two, with more fab prizes you can bid on for another great cause… to be determined!  Thanks again to everyone who came and participated!!