'Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 in will to NY group that helps gay homeless youths

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    Oct 28, 2009 3:25 AM GMT

    'Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 in will to NY group that helps gay homeless youths

    Bea Arthur left $300,000 in her will to a New York organization that aids homeless gay youth.

    The Ali Fornay Center provides services to more than 1,000 each year, and is planning to buy a building to house 12 young people - and name it in honor of the "Golden Girls" actress.

    The head of the center said he is thrilled with the stage and television legend's generosity.

    "We work with hundreds of young people who are rejected by their families because of who they are," said Executive Director Carl Siciliano.

    "We are overwhelmed with gratitude that Bea saw that LGBT youth deserve as much love and support as any other young person, and that she placed so much value in the work we do to protect them, and to help them rebuild their lives," he said.

    The Ali Forney Center offers emergency shelter and transitional housing in seven residential sites in New York.

    It also operates two drop-in centers offering food, clothing, medical and mental health treatment, HIV testing, treatment and prevention services, and vocational and educational assistance.


    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/10/27/2009-10-27_golden_girls_star_bea_arthur_leaves_300000_in_will_.html#ixzz0VCINEMFf


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    Thank You Ms Arthur!
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    Oct 28, 2009 3:27 AM GMT

    Thanks Bea! or should we say, "Right on, Maude!"
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    Oct 28, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    God'll get you for that, meninlove.
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    Oct 28, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
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    I knew ali forney from working with him at radio city music hall many many moons ago before i became the success i am today[ arms stretched out like diana ross with head held back]....He also had a number of comercials under his belt....
    DONT YOU WISH YOUR GIRLFRIEND WAS HOT LIKE BEA..icon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 28, 2009 12:34 PM GMT
    I have been planning to buy all the seasons on DVD....im definitely gonna get them now...all of those women are just hilarious and outstanding people.
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    Oct 28, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    As soon as I saw this I had to forward it to my bf. I remember when we were watching Golden Girls and playing World of Warcraft. hah... so much fun.icon_razz.gif
  • cowboyathlete

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    Oct 28, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    This is very good news!
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    Oct 28, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    This is awsome news for a well deserving organization. I've had thprivilegeI if volunteering for ali Forney and the work done is truly lifechanging. This is great!!!!