6pm Silent Auction, Red Carpet & Cocktail Reception
8pm Dinner & Awards Show
Dessert & After-party with DJ Asha


Come celebrate an amazing year as we honor some of the incredible people who have made a real difference in the lives of LGBT people in Los Angeles and all over the world. You'll also be sure to enjoy a fabulous silent auction, entertaining show and superb sit-down dinner. Experience the courage and inspiration that make the Los Angeles LGBT Center a world-class organization. Catch up with old friends, make interesting new ones and do some serious people-watching for the celebrities and cognoscenti who make LA -- and this soiree -- the place to be!


Jane Fonda

Vanguard Award

Jane Fonda became a friend and ally to the LGBT community at a time when celebrities advocating for LGBT rights was almost unthinkable. She campaigned with Harvey Milk against California’s anti-LGBT Briggs Initiative, fought Anita Bryant - the notorious activist who demonized LGBT with a campaign to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in Florida - and has been a lifelong supporter of the LGBT community and champion for human rights.

Ron Nyswaner

Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award

Ron Nyswaner is an openly gay writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, activist and pioneer in LGBT-related films. He’s the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Philadelphia, the first major studio film to address homophobia and AIDS, and is the winner of a Peabody Award for his film Soldier’s Girl, which tells the true-life story of transgender heroine Calpernia Addams. More recently he wrote Freeheld—starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page—the groundbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to win her lesbian partner’s pension benefits after she’s diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is also the co-creator of the Nyswaner/Salzman Film Archive, the fourth largest LGBT film archive in the United States.

Special performance by
Linda Perry
Hands of Love from Freeheld
presented by
Lily Tomlin
presented by
Frances McDormand


Alex Newell

Pauley Perrette

Denise Fraser Band

Music by DJ Asha at the cocktail reception and dessert after-party





  • The Advocate
  • Kobler Estate Winery, Official Wine Sponsor
  • LA Pride!
  • Lesbian News
  • Stoli
  • Pasquini Coffee
  • Pride.com
  • Variety

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, please contact Amir Moini at [email protected] or 323-993-8939.

Click here to download our Corporate Sponsorship kit.

Diamond ($50,000+), Platinum ($25,000), Gold ($10,000), and Silver ($5,000) packages are available.

Table Hosts

  • Alan Acosta & Tom Gratz
  • Lane Adams & Richard Savage
  • Bradley Bredeweg & Vinny Lawdenski
  • Rob Coli & Danny Bozarth
  • Madonna Cacciatore & Robin McWilliams
  • Kin W. Cheng & Herve Lepand
  • Darrel E. Cummings & Tim Dang
  • Carolyn Dye & Hope Faust
  • Kevin G. Ennis & Michael D. Kennedy
  • Cameron Faber
  • Facebook
  • Dan Fast, M.D. & Tom O'Brien
  • Michael J. Ferrera & Kevin Berg
  • Eric M. Finley
  • Van Fletcher & Skip Paul
  • Annie Goto & Kelly Lynch
  • Rose Greene
  • Dean Hansell
  • Mike Holtzman
  • Lorri L. Jean & Gina M. Calvelli
  • Keith G. Kauhanen, M.D. & Jim Petrone
  • Kathy Ketchum & Gay Linvill
  • James Key
  • Marki J. Knox, M.D. & Suzanne C. Brown
  • Diane Kubrin
  • Timothy Lee
  • Jocelyn Loren (HMHS)
  • Los Angeles Women's Network (LAWN)
  • David N. Lubell
  • Bill McDermott
  • Carlos Medina & Denis Cagna
  • David Mizener & Arturo Carrillo
  • Mike Mueller & Nick Bode
  • Loren Ostrow & Brian Newkirk
  • Byron Patel & Chris Brown (HMHS)
  • Jayzen Patria & Joe Keenan
  • Scott Poland & Eddie Nestlebush
  • Bradford Pollard
  • Dan Ricketts & Steve Frankel
  • Anita May Rosenstein & LuAnn Boylan
  • Pamela Schmider / Ernest Schmider & Omar Rodriguez
  • Curt Shepard & Alan Hergott
  • Youth & Seniors / Courtesy of Booh Schut
  • Eric M. Shore & Fred Paul
  • Nellie Sims
  • John H. Staley III
  • Thompson Reuters
  • Bruce Vilanch
  • Young Professionals Council (YPC)
  • Thomas Workman

As a table host, you’ll help create a foundation of support for this legendary event. Each year, the Gala Anniversary Vanguard Awards raises more money for the Center’s programs and services that any other event on our calendar – vital support for some of the most vulnerable members of our shared community.

Become a table host by committing to buy or sell tables. General tables of 10 are available for $4,000. To sign up as a host, click here to download a sign-up form or contact TAI Events at 310.996.1188 or [email protected].


Bid Now

Bid live now on our silent auction at GalaBid.org.

Colony Palm Hotel
Unique Experiences


  • David N. Lubell
  • Eric M. Finley


  • Eric Shore


  • Robert J. Bentley
  • Andrew Burk
  • Ruben Diaz
  • Michael C. Dixon
  • Stephen Donovan
  • Boris Eckey
  • Aric Edwards
  • Michael Epstein
  • Robert Fielder
  • Mark Gentile
  • Peter Griffiths
  • Peter Gurski
  • Richie Hetherington
  • Joe Lorenzo
  • Evan Mungo
  • Gregg Selleck
  • Katherine Shaw
  • John H. Staley III
  • Mynxii White
  • Thomas Workman


To order raffle tickets, call TAI Events at 310.996.1188

$250 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold.