Stonewall Inn pays tribute to the men who saved the bar during the COVID pandemic

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WEST VILLAGE, NY – The philanthropists who helped save the iconic Stonewall Inn from closing at the height of the pandemic and who have given more than $500 million to advance LGBTQ rights since 1994 were honored Friday at the bar WestVillage.

The NYC LGBT Community Center honored Tim Gill and Scott Miller on Friday with its first Ed Windsor Trailblazer Award in “recognition of their contributions to LGBTQ equality.”

Gill and Miller accepted the award in a ceremony at Stonewall Inn. In 2020, The Gill Foundation pledged $250,000 to protect the Stonewall Inn from financial hardship.

“When we needed them most, Tim and Scott were there,” said Stacy Lentz, co-owner of Stonewall Inn and CEO of Stonewall Gives Back Initiative. “Because of their generosity and the generosity of others who have followed their example, the doors of the Stonewall Inn remain open today – a place where LGBTQ people and their allies from around the world come to gather and support equality. We are very grateful for their generosity and continued support.”

In addition to its $250,000 pledge to protect Stonewall’s legacy, The Gill Foundation has also pledged an additional $50,000 to support Stonewall Day fundraising.

In 2021, the Gill Foundation also stepped up to help Julius’ Bar in the West Village, New York’s oldest LGBTQ+ bar.

The West Village watering hole at 159 West 10th Street has been open since 1840, first as a grocery store and then in 1864 as a bar.

The Gill Foundation announced it would match contributions of up to $25,000 to Julius’ historic bar. The announcement follows a $20,000 donation from The Gill Foundation to the West Village bar in 2020.

“We are grateful to the Center and the Stonewall Inn for this extraordinary recognition,” said Gill and Miller. “Most importantly, we are proud to stand alongside them in the work to achieve LGBTQ equality.”

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