Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dr. Ruth earns lifetime achievement award from Mazzoni Center

The organization, which helps LGBT youth, honored the famed sex therapist at its Elixir: The Cure for the Common Gala event at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Dr. Ruth earns lifetime achievement award from Mazzoni Center

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer stands in front of the Six Day War exhibit at the National Musuem of American Jewish History. Photo: Ilana Blumenthal
Dr. Ruth Westheimer stands in front of the Six Day War exhibit at the National Musuem of American Jewish History. Photo: Ilana Blumenthal

"Those of you who pay attention tonight will have better sex for the rest of your lives," proclaimed Dr. Ruth Westheimer on Friday evening, taking the microphone to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mazzoni Center.

The organization, which helps LGBT youth, honored the famed sex therapist at its Elixir: The Cure for the Common Gala event at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Dr. Ruth answered anonymously submitted sex-advice questions from the audience and chatted with the event's emcee, Carl Capotorto, who played Little Paulie on "The Sopranos." Capotorto grew up in the Bronx a close friend of Dr. Peter Mazzoni, the local AIDS activist who died from the disease at age 31 in 1990.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes accepted the Walter Lear Award, which he received with his wife, Sheryl Lee Ralph, an actress and AIDS activist who could not attend as she is filming in L.A.

Along with serious remarks, Hughes referred to Dr. Ruth as a "hot little number."

Learn more about the Mazzoni Center here.

Earlier Friday, Dr. Ruth toured the beautiful new home of the National Museum of American Jewish History, with Josh Perelman, deputy director of exhibitions, programs and collections, as her guide. Dr. Ruth's family was killed during the Holocaust, and she later joined the underground Israeli army Haganah, serving as a sniper. Really.

Read more from our column in Monday's Daily News.

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