The Los Angeles LGBT Center is thrilled to announce major changes to our 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. Please join us on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at our brand new location at the Pacific Design Center. Our new Presenting Sponsor HBO has generously donated the HBO Party Pavilion built atop the iconic PDC fountain. We are so excited to be hosting our gala in this unique location in the heart of West Hollywood, and we know the location will add to an unforgettable experience. The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Anniversary Gala is our premier annual celebration attended by more than 1,200 of the region’s most important leaders in the civic, corporate, entertainment and philanthropic communities who gather to celebrate our accomplishments, as well as laudable individuals and organizations. Past honorees include the late Senator Edward Kennedy, Sir Elton John, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda; presenters have included Elizabeth Taylor, Tipper Gore, Shirley MacLaine, Nathan Lane, and a host of other leading figures.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen currently enjoys a successful career on both television and the big screen...Read more »
Amini Fonua, 26, is a two-time Olympic swimmer who was also the flag bearer for the conservative island nation of Tonga at the 2012 London Games. He was an openly gay top swimmer at conservative Texas A&M University...Read more »
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Live Lot #1: Mr. Brainwash Print "Diamond Girl Polaroid" edition of #8/9. 60 in x 50 in. 2016. Value: $9,000. Certificate of authenticity will be issued directly from artist's studio.
Live Lot #2: Mr. Brainwash sculpture "Life is Beautiful (Red)". Edition #8/25. 11 in x 17.5 in. Value: $12,000
Live Lot #3: Hastens Los Angeles Stockholm & Paris Trip:(7) Seven nights at the Nordic Light Hotel where the lucky winners get to stay in a Hastens bed. Included in this trip is a tour of the world renowned factory that makes these exclusive mattresses where you will get 20% off the purchase of a new mattress. Expires 9/24/17 Dates subject to availability, no specific blackout dates. Then travel to Paris for up to 3 nights in a luxury apartment rental in the London Guest Suites, the ultimate hotel alternative. 450,000 AAdvantage miles included in this trip courtesy of American Airlines. Total Value of $20,000.
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The silent auction is now live.
Each year, the dedicated and generous auction committee helps to secure world-class items for the Gala auction, an annual cornerstone of the Vanguard Awards. Every item featured in the silent auction is 100% donated, so all proceeds from the auction directly support the Center's programs.
To order raffle tickets, call 323-993-7681.
$250 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold.
*Gala Board Committee
**Gala Auction Committee
As a table host, you’ll help create a foundation of support for this legendary event. Each year, this event raises vital support for some of the most vulnerable members of our shared community.
$7,500 Gala Weekend Pass tables include 10 tickets to the Gala and all weekend benefits at the $750 ticket level.
$5,000 Gala tables include 10 tickets to the Gala and all weekend benefits at the $500 ticket level.
For more information, email [email protected].
Los Angeles based architect/artist Jad Nickola Najjar creates all of his work from a pure sense of his own spiritual awakening. Drawing inspiration from a rich tapestry of Lebanese and Cuban cultures, his art speaks to a triumph of the imagination. Due to his diverse background in architecture, photography, and fashion, he has courted and excited patrons and interior designers, who have placed his work internationally. Jad has a B.A. in Architecture from the University f Texas, which helped him create a very successful real estate career with the knowledge and ability to help buyers and sellers with remodeling, presentation, staging and placing his art in listings as an extra push for that "wow factor," which helps listings sell quickly even in the toughest market. He has represented many celebrities, and some of them have bought his custom-designed homes. His real estate, art, and home design can be seen on the website jadnickolahomes.com
Through passion, honesty, and a willingness to share his work, Louis is one of today's most influential and innovative contemporary artists, having been commissioned by some of the most recognized venues throughout the United States including the SoHo House and the Viper Room. Carreon will be live painting a piece of art to be donated to the 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards silent auction. www.louiscarreon.com
Anthony Cran of Wilding Cran Gallery
Special Performance by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy
Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney met on the auspicious day that Kathy bailed Mo out of jail for stealing a pineapple. Or at least that’s what they'd like us to believe...Read more »
Debby Holiday broke onto the dance scene with her #5 Billboard summer anthem Dive in 2004. Holiday followed the smash hit Dive with her power ballad Half A Mile Away...Read more »
Stop by our Glam Lounge!
Hair and makeup touches available all night provided by Sally Hershberger and Blushington
Music by DJ Asha at the After-party
ASHA is one the most versatile DJs on the scene. She is comfortable spinning a selection of: Party Anthems, Hip Hop, EDM, Old School, Reggae, RnB, and Top 40... Read more »
Special Performance by Lynda Kay
Song stylist Lynda Kay is known for her powerful voice, elegant vintage style, and her vast repertoire of classic songs from the early 1960s including artists such as Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland. Her most recent release “The Allure of Lynda Kay” was recorded at Capitol Studios and she is currently writing and recording songs for two new albums: “Lady in Gold” and “Woman in Black,” which will feature a never-before-released duet with the late Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. Lynda Kay has written music for films and television programs, and appears in the series “Justified” and the Soundtrack on Sony Music Entertainment. Lynda Kay is also an Official Endorsee of Gretsch Guitars. For more about her, visit www.lyndakay.com and @lyndakaymusic.
Meet & Greet Reunion with the cast of Queer as Folk
More world-class entertainment announcements coming soon!
Each year, a who’s who of community leaders and celebrities gather to celebrate the Center and our shared community. As a sponsor, you’ll have access to our full slate of marketing and branding opportunities while aligning your brand with the values that make the Center and the annual Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards special: leadership, innovation, integrity, respect, and excellence.
For direct sponsorship information, email [email protected].
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Presenting $75,000 (SOLD OUT)