Program

2014 Black Tie Dinner

The 2014 Black Tie Dinner


The 33rd annual Black Tie Dinner will be held on November 15th, 2014 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. This year's theme is "FORWARD," which focuses on the diversity of Black Tie Dinner’s beneficiaries, who provide programs and services in the areas of community, marriage equality, arts, family, health, faith and civil equality. To date, Black Tie Dinner has distributed over $18 million to its beneficiaries.

2014 Black Tie Dinner



ELIZABETH BIRCH EQUALITY AWARD

TED OLSON & DAVID BOIES
Star Legal Duo who defeated Prop 8

California Prop 8 legal team David Boies and Ted Olson, who, though on opposite sides of the political and ideological spectrum, teamed up to fight an unjust ban on same-sex marriage, and won at the Supreme Court – forever impacting the march towards marriage equality. Boies and Olson will be honored with the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award for their outstanding service to the LGBT community. On hand to help with the honor will be Prop 8 plaintiffs Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.


SPECIAL APPEARANCE

JASON COLLINS
Brooklyn Nets center

Jason came out as gay in the May 6, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first active male athlete from one of the four major North American professional team sports to publicly do so. Since then he has been a role model and ardent supporter of LGBT rights. In April 2014, Collins was featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”


SPECIAL APPEARANCE

DALE HANSEN
WFAA SPORTS ANCHOR

Dale Hansen made headlines around the world earlier this year when he spoke in support of openly gay football player Michael Sam. Since then, Hansen has become an unapologetic ally of gay rights, sending a message of inclusion and tolerance to viewers all over North Texas.


KUCHLING HUMANITARIAN AWARD

MIKE ANGLIN
Community Hero

Black Tie Dinner is proud to present the 2014 Kuchling Humanitarian Award to Mike Anglin for his outstanding leadership to the LGBT community over the past three decades. Highlights of his volunteer career include service to the Dallas Gay Political Caucus/Dallas Gay Alliance, Texas Human Rights Foundation, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Black Tie Dinner, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, the Turtle Creek Chorale and Resource Center.


EMCEE/AUCTIONEER

DANA GOLDBERG
Lesbian comic and LGBT fundraiser

Goldberg was voted one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians in America” by CURVE Magazine, and in addition to appearing at comedy clubs and on television specials, has raised significant funds for the Human Rights Campaign, the fight against HIV/AIDS, and countless other LGBT organizations. Get ready for an evening of laughs as Dana entertains with her humorous take on LGBT life.


MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

STEVE GRAND
Openly gay country music singer-songwriter

Black Tie Dinner is thrilled to present rising country music star Steve Grand, best known for his song “All American Boy,” whose video has received over three million YouTube views, and a Kickstarter campaign that has partially funded his first album, set for release this spring.



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Program Format

Each year, up to 3,000 guests experience this “premier event of empowerment, education and entertainment” supporting GLBT organizations in the North Texas community and Black Tie Dinner’s National Beneficiary, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The Saturday evening Dinner Program includes local and national figures, entertainment, recognition rewards, auctions and more. Pre Dinner receptions and the AfterBlack dance party add to the evening’s festivities.

Friday, the evening before the Dinner, Sponsors, Table Captains and their guests are invited to B4Black, an exciting auction preview party with a program all its own.

Past Dinner Award Recipients and Speakers include: Maya Angelou, Ann Richards, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn, Geena Davis, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, Judy Shepard, Cyndi Lauper and Gavin Newsom.