The 9th Annual Metro DC PFLAG Honors Gala will take place on March 11, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington. The event, which supports the DC Chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG), includes the organization’s first-ever online silent auction. The Gala, with lead sponsor Booz Allen Hamilton, will be broadcast live by XM Satellite Radio.
The auction and Gala will help Metro DC PFLAG support its mission to promote the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, their families and friends through emotional support, education and advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights.
During the fundraiser and Honors Gala, three awards will be presented. The Corporate Leadership Award will be presented to Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, LLC. The Faith in Action Award will be presented to the Reverends John Mack and Barbara Gerlach of Washington, DC’s First Congregational United Church of Christ. The Spotlight Award will be presented to actress Thea Gill who played Lindsay Peterson on Showtime’s highly rated series, “Queer as Folk.”
“Our Honorees this year represent a wealth of diversity and commitment to the mission of PFLAG,” said Rhonda Buckner, Metro DC PFLAG‘s Executive Director. “Each one is making a distinct difference in society, and each is having global impact.”
This year’s Gala will feature PFLAG’s first-ever online auction beginning one month before the Gala event. Starting February 13, all auction items will be available for bidding.
Simply register your bid and keep tabs on the current pricing! Some items will be available exclusively online, while others will be available for live bidding on the night of the Gala, March 11.
“This year’s product line is showing tremendous promise and includes fabulous vacation packages and other one-of-a kind merchandise,” said Jim Jenkins, Auction Chair.
Available items include everything from tarot readings to professional executive coaching programs. Collectors will be interested in autographed or donated items from celebrities including an autographed poster from Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and the cast of Brokeback Mountain, Sharon Gless’ clothing worn in the television series Queer as Folk, as well as an outfit worn by Cyndi Lauper. Sports items are also available including tickets to the next Dallas-Redskins game in Washington, DC—on the 50 yard line.
GayWeddings.com, the pioneering online retailer dedicated to providing products, resources and information to same-sex couples who seek to affirm their life-long partnerships, is pleased to sponsor a special auction package for the Dinner & Silent Auction. This exclusive package, A Gay Wedding Starter Kit, which is currently valued at $6,300, includes 2 hours of wedding planning consultation & invitations (courtesy of GayWeddings.com); a custom wedding web site (courtesy of WeddingOn-Line.com); videography by six-time emmy award winner, Lori Bullerdick; an altar arrangement and flowers for the wedding party (courtesy of nationally recognized florist, Elegance & Simplicity); and a four-night honeymoon stay at the Inn at Dragon’s Keep on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
“We are so pleased to support PFLAG’s mission to promote the equality and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, their families and friends,” says Kathryn Hamm, President of GayWeddings.com. “I know that my straight mom, who founded our business almost 6 years ago, has been a long-time member of PFLAG and believes that the best way to reduce shame surrounding the process of ‘coming out’ is to speak one’s heart.”
Verizon, the telecommunications leader, is the online auction’s corporate sponsor and is donating several new video iPods for the fundraiser.
Carole Simpson, of ABC News, will serve as the Gala’s Mistress of Ceremony. Potomac Fever, an A Cappella ensemble from the Washington DC Gay Men’s Chorus is scheduled perform, and the Invocation for the evening will be presented by Reverend Rob Hardies, of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Washington, DC.
The 9th Annual Metro DC PFLAG Gala and Silent Auction will be held on March 11, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Tickets to the Gala and VIP reception are $250. Tickets to the Gala dinner only are $150 each. All tickets are available online or by phone at 800–494–TIXS (8497).