Mission Statement

Black Tie Dinner raises funds and provides resources for LGBTQ+ supportive organizations through premier events in partnership with the community.

Vision Statement

We envision a community where the lives of all LGBTQ+ individuals are improved, accepted, and recognized.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

A Ballroom for Everyone: At Black Tie Dinner, we envision 'A Ballroom for Everyone.' Our mission, from raising funds to improving LGBTQ+ lives, is not just an event—it's a movement for acceptance, recognition, and education. We recognize our influence and strive to make an equitable impact. We succeed when our audience, beneficiaries, and board of directors reflect the diversity of our entire LGBTQ+ community and we embrace what makes each of us unique. We welcome everyone who comes to celebrate and uplift the LGBTQ+ community.  

What is Black Tie Dinner?

From its origins as a small fundraising dinner among friends in 1982, Black Tie Dinner has grown into the largest fundraising dinner in the nation for the LGBTQ community. Each year, Black Tie Dinner selects up to 20 non-profit organizations from North Texas as local beneficiaries of its fundraising, as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as its national beneficiary. To date, Black Tie Dinner has distributed over $30 million dollars to a wide variety of organizations serving the needs of the LGBTQ community. Black Tie Dinner is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our History

The first Black Tie Dinner in 1982 produced a $6,000 donation to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Since then, the Dallas-based dinner has grown and prospered thanks to the support of the LGBTQ community and our allies. Because of the tireless effort and support of our many volunteers and sponsors, Black Tie Dinner has become one of the most successful fundraising dinners in the country and one of the biggest sources of funding for many North Texas LGBTQ organizations. For 40 years, Black Tie Dinner has set the bar for LGBTQ fundraising in North Texas and plans to do the same for the next 40 to come.

BTD Annual Distribution 2022

Our Awards

Each year, Black Tie Dinner presents multiple awards that recognize individuals, organizations, or corporations that have made a significant contribution to the continued fight for LGBTQ equality.

The Black Tie Dinner Equality Award

The Black Tie Dinner Equality Award is awarded to a recipient who has shown a dedication to advancing and improving the rights of the LGBTQ community on a national level. Past recipients include Billy Porter, Edith Windsor, Greg Louganis, The Trevor Project, David Boies and Ted Olson, Zach Wahls, Chaz Bono, Eric Alva, American Airlines, Judy Shepard, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, Alan Cumming, Sharon Stone, Robert Greenblatt, Niecy Nash, Showtime Networks, and Elizabeth Birch. 

Kuchling Humanitarian Award

Named in honor of the late Raymond Kuchling, a leading activist in the Dallas LGBTQ community in the 1980s, this award honors individuals who have made extraordinary gifts of their time and talents on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Recent past recipients include Don Maison, Kay Wilkinson, Rev. Eric Folkerth, Dr. Steven Pounders, Chris Luna, Veletta Lill, and Melissa Grove.

Media Award

Established in 2008, the Black Tie Dinner Media Award is given to a recipient who has increased the awareness of LGBTQ issues in the media in a positive way. Past winners include Erich Bergen, Debra Messing, E! Entertainment, Dale Hansen, Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, JCPenney, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chely Wright, Cyndi Lauper, and Logo Network.

Dale Hansen Ally for Equality Award

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a distinguished ally of the LGBTQ community who, through personal and professional activities, has made a significant, positive impact on the LGBTQ community. Past recipients include Jessi Cruikshank, Terrence McNally, and Michelle Visage. 

Richard Weaver Volunteer Award

Established in 2017, this award recognizes hard working volunteers in the Dallas LGBTQ community, whose time and talents make Black Tie Dinner possible each year. Chosen by the Black Tie Dinner Board of Directors, the recipient of this award is a person who has dedicated significant time and effort to support both Black Tie Dinner and the LGBTQ community in a volunteer capacity.


Established in 2017, the Black Tie Dinner Visibility Award is given to a recipient who has increased the awareness of LGBTQ issues in a positive, impactful way. Past winners include Connie Britton, Josie Totah, and DJ Shangela Pierce.


The Vanguard Award is given to an individual who has led a movement related to LGBTQ progression and used their platform to instrumentally transform people for good. This inaugural recipient was DJ "Shangela" Pierce in 2022.

2024 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.


Dustin Vyers

Board Co-Chair


Liliana Villarreal

Board Co-Chair

Officers / Executive Committee

Dustin Vyers
Board Co-Chair
Liliana Villarreal
Board Co-Chair
Deirdre Coleman
Co-Chair Elect
Dana O'Connell
Ben Holden

Board Governance

Daniel Parker
Board Governance Chair

Community Relations

Jason Thompson
Community Relations Chair
Carter Hehir
Community Partner Lead
Raven Clark
Community Lead
Advisory: Ethan Skinner

Fundraising & Development

Gage Baird
Fundraising & Development Chair
Angie Wiliams
Raffle Lead
Jonathan Crouch
Auctions Lead
Chelsea Knox
Renewals Lead
Mateo Gonzalez
Blake Griffin
Austin Lamirand
Advisory: Scott Bates, Terry Loftis, Doug Bedell, Marcus DeMello-Silva, Sharon Anaston, Stephen Gilhooly

Event Operations

Aiden Johnson
Event Operations Co-Chair
Brett Farrar
Event Operations Co-Chair
Callie Butcher
Pop-Ups Lead
Martise Duan Cooks
Daniel Okun
Ulises Alvarado
Advisory: Leslie Garner, Zac Rudd, David Sassano, Ryne Young


Court Wakefield
Marketing Chair
Eric Valadez
Communications Lead
Charlie Foster
Ryan Tomlinson
Tina Niewiadomski
Advisory: Matt Ginn, Brad Pritchett, Brandon Baker, Regina Lyn Pierce


Josh Williams
Program Chair
Advisory: Nick Rodriguez

Lifetime Advisory Board Members:

Bill Justice, Mitzi Lemons, Mary Mallory, Randy Ray, David Sassano, Stephen Gilhooly