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Sentencing delayed for former COLOURS exec

A federal judge last week postponed the sentencing hearing for a woman accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a local LGBT organization.

Dorena Kearney, former executive director of The COLOURS Organization Inc., was set to be sentenced Jan. 28 but, after a short consultation with Kearney’s attorney and the prosecutor prior to the hearing, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody agreed to continue the proceeding until Feb. 23.

Kearney was indicted last spring after a joint investigation by the FBI and the city Inspector General, charged with stealing nearly $140,000 between 2004-07 from COLOURS, which serves the local LGBT community of color. Kearney allegedly used the funds for vacations, plastic surgery, dog grooming and other personal expenses.

She pleaded guilty to the charges in June and could face up to 18 months in prison.

LGBTs of faith meet

In recognition of National Freedom to Marry Day, the William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St., will sponsor its second-annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Feb. 12, to mobilize the local community in the fight for marriage equality.

The Rev. Chris Glaser, out author and minister from Georgia, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, which is being organized by the center’s Out and Faithful Program.

Single tickets are $30 or $200 for tables of eight. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (215) 732-2220.

Chorus hosts bachelor fundraiser

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus will host its seventh-annual Hearts Afire bachelor auction Feb. 12 at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., to raise funds for the community and get local singles into the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Audience members can bid on dates with the chorus’ hottest bachelors, who will escort the winners to dinner. If you’ve already found your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, the night will offer a karaoke contest, music by DJ Michael DeCero and drink specials from 9-11 p.m. The party will run until 1 a.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and all proceeds benefit PGMC. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 462-7464 or (215) 731-9230.

Mayor to meet with LGBT businesses

Independence Business Alliance, the city’s LGBT chamber of commerce, will host Mayor Nutter at a breakfast reception at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 at The Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., Howe Room, 33rd floor, to discuss issues facing LGBT merchants.

A continental breakfast will be served, and the event is free to IBA members and $25 for non-members.

To RSVP, visit or call (215) 557-0190.

Theater hosts crime talk with mayor

InterAct Theatre Company and the city’s Mural Arts Program will host “City of Numbers: Citizens in Action,” a free panel discussion about crime in Philadelphia with several top city officials, including Mayor Nutter.

In addition to Nutter, the discussion — which will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Mainstage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St. — will feature District Attorney Seth Williams, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett Gillison, Chief Defender for the city’s Defender Association Ellen Greenlee and MAP executive director Jane Golden. WHYY senior reporter Dave Davies will moderate the session.

Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (215) 568-8079.

— Jen Colletta

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