8pm - 11pm: General Admission

135 West 41 Street



Featuring music by DJ Whitney Day!

Every year, the Empire State Pride Agenda invites women and allies, representing all members of our community, to an exciting celebration full of great music, food and drink. Winter Heat, one of our signature and always sold-out events, has been running for over a decade. Previous celebrity guests include Lea DeLaria, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Heather Matarazzo, Our Lady J, Rosie Pierri and Jane Velez-Mitchell.

Special VIP performance by Musical Artist Joi Cardwell!

Born in New York City in the late-1960s and raised in various areas of Queens; her early influences included Billie Holiday, Barbra Streisand, and Minnie Riperton. Cardwell appeared on stage at Carnegie Hall at the age of five in a dance recital, and was used to being on a stage by the time she was a teenager. She worked as a back-up session vocalist for Melba Moore, Jermaine Jackson, LL Cool J, and The Pointer Sisters. After graduating from New York University with degrees in English and Music in the mid-1980s, she studied voice for a year primarily in order to master control, as she had already developed and retained her own personal style. After her studies, she wrote and published songs for major R&B acts such as Kashif, LA Posse, and Malika Thomas.


Advance ticket sales for Winter Heat are now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door for $100. A limited number of $30 under 30 will also be available at the door.



2015 Winter Heat Co-Chairs
Faith Astrada
Mary Pat Dowhy

2015 Winter Heat Steering Committee
Nikki Ferry
Patricia Flanagan
Allison Hooban
Amy Mayes
Amy Myers
Meredith Nelson
Victoria Pierce
Allison Scollar


We are thankful for our 2015 Winter Heat Sponsors. 

Barclays Capital Inc.
Monica A. Graham
Judith M. Kasen, Vice President - Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Louis A. Bradbury
Marla Hassner & G. Thompson
Norman C. Simon & Hector R. Lozada

Keisha Bell & Elizabeth Lops
Catharine Hough & Keryn Lowry

Amy Myers
Jean Schmidt and Angela Aidala

Scott L. Bennett
Benedette Diaferia
Mary Pat Dowhy & Donna Canfield
Susan Fiester
Roger Calderon & Chris Schweizer
Wendy Marks
Amy R. Paulin, NY State Assembly
Nathan M. Schaefer & Adam Drawve
Allison Steinberg & Tracy Kahn
Melissa Sklarz

Genevieve Aidala



Current Sponsor List as of February 19, 2015