BENEFITING: Hamlet for the Homeless
Hello there Friends and Loved Ones, Has there been a special person in your life who left an impact in such a profound way so as to have helped change the course of your life? Numerous people count Alex Wexler as that person in their lives. At a young age, Alex loved Theatre. He was either writing his own plays, putting on productions, or trying to convince his parents to take him to the movies. He later went on to produce, act, or be involved in productions in one capacity or another at school. Having virtually no home support in his interests, coupled with the pain caused by his family’s lack of acceptance of his coming out, Alex left home. Homeless, Alex began couch surfing from one friend’s house to another in the hopes of finding acceptance and purpose. Finding himself in New York, Alex began to discover the refuge he sought as a gay man and as an artist. Unfortunately, during this time he also found himself exposed to, and then later struggling with, drugs and alcohol. He eventually made the life changing decision to attend an AA meeting. Learning to live a life of sobriety changed Alex’s life and allowed him to become hyper focused on his dreams of success in Theatre and in helping others find their own successes. He devoted his life to helping others through sponsorship in AA and other addiction related programs as well as constant supportive involvement in the LGBT community. One of Alex’s greatest passions became helping children in need, and for those who knew him best know Alex was a force to be reckoned with when he had a goal in his sites. A large part of the driving force for helping children in need stemmed from his husband Gregg’s past experiences as a homeless runaway youth. Running away from sexual abuse and an extremely unsafe home life, Gregg found himself alone on the streets of New York at the young age of 7. He managed to survive over 7 years, until one day with a raging fever and lying in a gutter, he had had enough. In a life-changing stroke of luck, a kind stranger rescued him from the streets and offered him a safe home and regular meals in exchange for his enrollment and then graduation from High School. Having lived through his time on the streets, Gregg has passionately dedicated himself to helping at-risk youth. Gregg and Alex spent thousands of hours during their years together in support, volunteerism and fostering at-risk youth. Gregg had dreams of adopting 10 or more kids, while Alex agreed to start with just one. These are the fledgling embers from which the fire of Hamlet for the Homeless flamed. Wanting to further their involvement with kids in need, but understanding the limitations with space restrictions within their own home, they started envisioning a safe-haven where they could utilize Theatre Arts as an educational tool for the homeless and less fortunate - with the hopes of providing a springboard for future vocation. Devastatingly, Alex was not able to see their shared plans and dreams become a reality, but his passion will live on through this organization. We need your help! We need the support from those of you whom not only have been touched by Alex and Gregg over the years by some small or large measure, but also believe in such a worthy cause. Please join us and be among those who help launch this program while honoring Alex’s memory. It is our goal to raise funds for the purchase of an educational building and safe haven as well as ensure funding for supplies not only for performances, but also for personal needs of the homeless runaway youth including toiletries, winter clothing, shoes and other much needed comfort items. Best of all, Alex left behind 2 finished works of art: A play entitled “Lost in Hollywoodland”; and a personal memoir. These works will be the first works employed by Hamlet for the Homeless, and will create the foundation for Alex’s legacy, and the dream he and Gregg conceived of over a decade ago. Help make a difference in these children’s lives!