Once again The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee held on Saturday, March 17th, their 2012 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner Gala and Awards, an unforgettable event that was held at Ritz-Carlton/JW Marriott L.A. Live inside the Diamond Ballroom located at 900 West Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles, California 90015 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The event was hosted by Chelsea Handler.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen, and Academy Award Winning actress Charlize Theron received HRC’s Ally for Equality Award. There was a special appearance by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and actor Joe Manganiello. The Ally for Equity Award, is to recognize the outstanding efforts of those outside of the LGBT community who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people.
When Joe Solmonese, President of HRC was introduced, he received an outstanding ovation from every one in the room. Also incoming HRC President Chad Griffin, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Joe Manganiello, Ross Mathews, Michael Fassbender, Academy Award Winner Actress Charlize Theron, Chris and Kathleen Matthews spoke at the event.
The event featured a red carpet arrivals, silent auction, dinner, show, in action video presentations of Charlize Theron, Chris and Kathleen Matthews and awards presentation, including at conclusion of event a gift bag from various business sponsors. Ticket prices were from $275 for Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner up to $400 for Cocktail Reception, Preferred Gala Dinner Seating.
The 2012 Awards Committee Event Co-Chairs were Sepi Ghafouri and Joel Dessaules and some of the HRC LA Gala and Awards Committee members that worked to make this event possible were Andy Arnold, David Steiman, Pearson Brown, Andy Gelb and Ted Holmquist, Jessica Bair. Afer the event, the afterparty was held at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, gLAnce Wine Bar.
About The HRC Los Angeles Gala: The HRC Los Angeles Gala is one of the largest LGBT fundraising events in Southern California, drawing more than 1,000 guests in past years, including national LGBT leaders in entertainment, community service, business and politics. For more information visit http://www.hrcladinner.com/
About The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee: The Los Angeles Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign is a diverse volunteer group of individuals working each and every day to bring the mission of HRC to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and straight-supportive people in this area.
About The Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information visit http://www.hrc.org/
Sources: Diversity News Magazine, Examiner.com, Diversity News Publications, Diversity News TV, Examiner.com.
Photos credit to: HRC Los Angeles Facebook
Editor’s Note: Article first published on Examiner.com on March 22, 2012.