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.

Mission Statement

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.

Our History

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.


Our Awards

Black Tie Dinner recognizes individuals, organizations or corporations that have made a significant contribution regarding to the continued fight for LGBTQ rights.

Media Award

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

Nathan Robbins
Board Co-Chair
Jeremy Hawpe
Board Co-Chair
Caleb Patterson
Doug Bedell
Brad Pritchett
Co-Chair Elect


Carter Lindley
Auctions Co-Chair
Sharon Anaston
Auctions Co-Chair
David Gifford-Robinson
Ethan Skinner

Board Governance

Robert Mosser
Board Governance Chair
Advisory: Doug Frankel, Mitzi Lemons

Business Operations

Zac Rudd
Business Operations Chair
Doug Bedell

Advisory: Dan Godfrey, Mitzi Lemons, David Sassano

Community Relations

Kee Sourjohn
Community Relations Chair
Brian Batchelor
Ethan Skinner

Events & Program

Dana O'Connell
Events Chair
Terry Loftis
Program Chair
Scott Bates
Raffle Chair
John Mason
Liliana Villareal
Martha Voigt
Advisory: Jarrod Freeman, Scot Presley


David Estrada
Digital Marketing Chair
Matt Ginn
External Marketing Chair
Brandon Baker
Caleb Patterson
Nick Totin


Stacey Stevenson
Sponsors Chair
Advisory: Stephen Gilhooly, Phillip Murrell, Scot Presley

Lifetime Advisory Board Members: Bill Justice, Mary Mallory, Randy Ray, Dick Weaver

Nathan Robbins          

Board Co-Chair

Jeremy Hawpe          

Board Co-Chair

Join the Party

There are a number of ways to become involved with Black Tie Dinner: