Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards

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 luxurious tent and décor 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 premiere 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.


Friday, September 23 – Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery
7 p.m.: Gala Launch Party (Gala Weekend Pass)

Saturday, September 24 – Pacific Design Center
6 p.m.: Gala Premiere Reception with meet and greet (Gala Weekend Pass holders and Sponsors)
6 p.m.: Silent auction, cocktail reception (open to all guests)
7 p.m.: Tent opens, hosted bar, appetizers (all ticket levels except Foutain Lounge Ticket)
8 p.m.: Fountain Lounge opens
8:45 p.m.: 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, followed by after-party and dancing

Sunday, September 25 – The Abbey
10 a.m.: Gala Brunch (Gala Weekend Pass)

Honorees Annouced Soon! Check back for updates!


  • Tess Ayers
  • LuAnn Boylan
  • Michael Lombardo
  • Brad Ong


  • David Lubell
  • Eric Finley


  • Eric Shore


  • Tess Ayers
  • LuAnn Boylan
  • Michael Lombardo
  • Carlos Medina
  • Brad Ong
  • Peter Paige
  • Jayzen Patria
  • Eric Shore



  • David N. Lubell
  • Eric M. Finley


  • Eric M. Shore


  • Robert J. Bentley
  • Andrew Burk
  • Ruben Diaz
  • Michael C. Dixon
  • Boris Eckey
  • Aric Edwards
  • Michael Epstein
  • Robert Fielder
  • Mark Gentile
  • Peter Gurski
  • Joe Lorenzo
  • Evan Mungo
  • George Pao
  • Daniel Paress
  • Michael Roth
  • Gregg Selleck
  • Katherine Shaw
  • Craig Spano
  • John H. Staley III
  • Maurice Taylor
  • Mynxii White
  • Thomas Workman


Check back for more information about the Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels and American Airlines Raffle for 4 nights in Oahu and 4 nights in Lanai with 400,000 AAdvantage miles.

Table Hosts

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.

Become a table host by committing to buy or sell tables.

$7,500 Gala Weekend Pass tables include 10 tickets and 10 tickets for all weekend activities. Each ticket benefits at $750 level.

  • Friday, September 23: Gala Launch Party
  • Saturday, September 24: Gala Premier Reception
  • 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards
  • Sunday, September 25: Gala Brunch

$5,000 Gala tables include 10 tickets. Each ticket benefits at $500 level.

  • 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. inside custom indoor/outdoor event pavilion in Pacific Design Center courtyard Hosted bar. Appetizers, dessert stations, and plated dinner by Wolfgang Puck. Access to silent auction, Gala awards show, and onsite after-party. Valet and self-parking available.

For more information, email [email protected].


More world-class entertainment announcements coming soon!

Music by DJ Asha at the after-party


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].

Download our Corporate Sponsorship information.
Title $100,000
Presenting $75,000 (SOLD OUT)
Diamond $50,000
Platinum $25,000
Silver $5,000



Wells Fargo


The Abbey
American Airlines
Comcast NBC Universal
Greg Fullmer, Danny Hawkins & Douglas Dyakon
Southern California Gas Company
US Bank
Barry McCabe


  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • [email protected] Bros
  • Ralphs/Food4Less
  • MUFG Union Bank, N.A.


  • Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery
  • Stoli


  • The Advocate
  • Angeleno Magazine
  • Frontiers Media
  • OUT