about the cause

The Ali Forney Center was established in 2002 and takes its namesake from a gender-nonconforming teen who ran away from home and was tragically murdered in 1997 on the streets of Harlem. Committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ young people, the center has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country. They assist nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour drop-in center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered housing site program.

Project Wake Up Call puts a twist on the ordinary donations process.  If you donate $100 or more, you will receive an offer to stay at the Hotel RL location of your choice for one night (terms and conditions apply).

about the Photographer

Ian Tong is a New York-based photographer originally from Hong Kong. With over 15 years in the industry, his experience encompasses a wide range of commissioned and personal photographic work. A series of personal projects currently keeps him busy, taking him to memorable locales such as Stockholm and Shanghai.

Tong’s personal work is concerned with environmental and societal issues that has been recognized regularly and featured in various competitions. His work has been selected for the prestigious American Photography annuals 27, 28 and 30. Also of particular note is his inclusion in the Aperture Foundation 2014 summer open exhibition.

Ian has a BA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and a MFA degree from Pratt Institute, New York, NY.