LA LGBT Center 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 premier 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*

Saturday, September 24

Pacific Design Center
6 p.m. Gala Premier Reception*
6 p.m. Silent Auction, Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Tent Opens, Hosted Bar, Appetizers**
8 p.m. Fountain Lounge Opens
8:45 p.m. 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards
10:30 p.m. After-party & Dancing

Sunday, September 25

The Abbey
10 a.m. Gala Brunch*

*Gala Weekend Pass
**Gala Weekend Pass and GA Gala ticket holders (Fountain Lounge not included)


Amini Fonua



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


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


To order raffle tickets, call 323-993-7681.

$250 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

Table Hosts

  • Alan Acosta & Tom Gratz
  • Tess Ayers* & Jane Anderson
  • David J. Bailey & Ron B. Shalowitz
  • Shawn Chavez
  • Darrel E. Cummings & Tim Dang
  • Brian Darling
  • Carolyn Dye and Hope Faust
  • Susan Feniger & Liz Lachman
  • Eric M. Finley**
  • Annie Goto & Kelly Lynch
  • Lorri L. Jean & Gina M. Calvelli
  • Brian Darling
  • Mike Holtzman
  • Tommy Johnson & Timothy Loo
  • Jim Key
  • Vince Klaseus, Todd Gertschen & Eva Steortz
  • Marki J. Knox, M.D. & Suzanne C. Brown
  • Eric Kugler
  • Kin & Herve Cheng Lepand
  • Michael Lombardo*
  • David N. Lubell**
  • Barry McCabe
  • William McDermott
  • Carlos Medina* & Denis Cagna
  • David Mizener & Arturo Carillo
  • Mike Meuller & Nick Bode
  • Brad W. Ong* & Brian McGowan
  • Peter Paige
  • Jayzen Patria* & Joe Keenan
  • Scott Poland* & Eddie Nestlebush
  • Frank Pond
  • Eric M. Shore* & Fred Paul

*Gala Board Committee
**Gala Auction Committee

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 to the Gala and all weekend benefits at the $750 ticket level.

  • Friday, September 23: 7 p.m. Gala Launch Party
  • Saturday, September 24: 6 p.m. Gala Premier Reception and 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. Complimentary valet parking included.
  • Sunday, September 25: 10 a.m. Gala Brunch

$5,000 Gala tables include 10 tickets to the Gala and all weekend benefits at the $500 ticket level.

  • Saturday, September 24: 6 p.m. 47th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards. Valet and self-parking available.

For more information, email [email protected].


Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy

Music by DJ Asha at the After-party

More world-class entertainment announcements coming soon!


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
Gold $10,000
Silver $5,000



Wells Fargo


Anita May Rosenstein


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


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


  • Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery
  • Stoli


  • The Advocate
  • Frontiers Media
  • OUT