Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) will host its Mad Hatter’s Brunch, a fundraiser to benefit programs and services for the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) on Sunday, April 7 at the upscale ZED451, located at 739 N. Clark St., from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the River North neighborhood.

This festive afternoon will bring Chicagoans together to sport their zany and outrageous hats and to enjoy delectable specialty dishes from a rich buffet – all to raise funds to support the work and programs of the Broadway Youth Center. Hats are not required to attend; everyone is welcome.

The musical and comedy revue, THE KINSEY SICKS – America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet, will be the featured entertainment. THE KINSEY SICKS has recorded six recordings and been profiled on national television, including "20/20" and CBS’s “The Early Show.” In addition, they have been featured in the New York Times and Billboard Magazine.

The Broadway Youth Center is a nationally-recognized program that offers predominately LGBT young people a safe, positive social outlet, by providing youth access to basic needs such as meals, showers and clothing, on-site medical services, HIV/STD testing and treatment, educational services, counseling, case management, and youth leadership opportunities. For thousands of youth, BYC is the main resource in their survival and helps them transition into living healthy and stable lives.

Broadway Youth Center 2012 Highlights include:
2923 youth were provided with single or multiple services; 332 youth were provided a record-breaking 1,649 sessions to assist homeless youth and youth at-risk for homelessness through resource advocacy services;
1207 HIV testing and counseling sessions were conducted through peer-based HIV/STI testing and sexual health education;
1380 youth were provided walk-in clinical services through a record-breaking 2,075 medical visits;
106 youth received GED tutoring and testing through 944 sessions, 12 of whom passed the Illinois GED exam and secured their high school equivalency diploma.

The capital raised will assist in our endeavors to continue to provide much-needed health and wellness services to at-risk LGBT youth regardless of their ability to pay ” thankful for those who have contributed to this event,” says Lara Brooks, Director, Broadway Youth 

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at www.howardbrown.org/madhatter.