What is Black Tie Dinner?
Since its inception in 1982, Black Tie Dinner has been the largest fund raising dinner for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the nation. Each year, Black Tie Dinner selects up to 20 North Texas beneficiaries to receive dinner proceeds as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Dinner's national beneficiary. To date, Black Tie Dinner has distributed over $23 million. Black Tie Dinner, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Black Tie Dinner is a non-profit organization that raises funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) supportive organizations serving North Texas through a premier event of empowerment, education and entertainment in partnership with the community.
Since 1982, the nation's largest LGBTQ fundraising dinner has grown and prospered in a supportive environment. The evolution of our community is reflected in the yearly increases that our beneficiaries have received.
The first dinner produced a $6,000 donation to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and has grown to distribute over $23 million to our national and local beneficiaries. Black Tie Dinner continues to be the most successful dinner in the country supporting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and has the distinction of being the only dinner also benefiting local beneficiaries.
Black Tie Dinner recognizes individuals, organizations or corporations that have made a significant contribution regarding to the continued fight for LGBTQ rights.
Established in 2008, the Black Tie Dinner Media Award recognizes the importance of increased positive awareness of LGBTQ issues in the media.
Elizabeth Birch Equality Award
Named for the former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, The Elizabeth Birch Equality Award is given in recognition of demonstrated national impact on LGBTQ rights.
Kuchling Humanitarian Award
The Kuchling Humanitarian Award, presented each year since 1983 at the Black Tie Dinner, is given to individuals who have made extraordinary gifts of their time and talents on behalf of the gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender community. The award is named in honor of the late Raymond Kuchling, a leading activist in the Dallas LGBT community in the 1980s.
Ally for Equality Award
Established in 2016, the Black Tie Dinner Ally for Equality Award recognizes a distinguished ally who has made a significant, positive impact, through personal and professional activities, on the LGBTQ community.
2019 Board of Directors
The Black Tie Dinner board is composed of multiple committees, each playing a vital role in the success of the Dinner. The entire Board of Directors is volunteer and is proud to serve the North Texas community.
Officers / Executive Committee
Advisory: Dan Godfrey, Mitzi Lemons, David Sassano
Events & Program
Lifetime Advisory Board Members: Bill Justice, Mary Mallory, Randy Ray, Dick Weaver
Join the Party
There are a number of ways to become involved with Black Tie Dinner: