Black Tie Dinner begins search for beneficiaries

Posted on 15 Feb 2007 at 9:01pm
By Staff Reports

Interested groups must attend Feb. 27 meeting, prove tax exempt status

The Black Tie Dinner, Inc., is now seeking beneficiaries for the 2007 fundraiser.

Interested groups must send a representative to an application orientation meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel’s Houston Ballroom.

Black Tie Dinner board members will explain the requirements and application process at that meeting, officials said.

To be a beneficiary, groups must have an IRS tax exempt status and be able to demonstrate significant service to the North Texas LGBT community, according to Deiadra Burns, co-chair of the 2007 event.

Candidates must also use a majority of their funds for direct programs and services.

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 14. The board will announce the 2007 beneficiaries by the beginning of April.

Each year, the Black Tie Dinner board selects up to 20 LGBT-supportive organizations, in addition to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, to receive funds collected from the event.

Half the money raised each year goes to the national HRC Foundation. The other half is divided between the local beneficiaries.

“Selecting our beneficiaries is one of the most important things that we do,” Burns said. “To be able to reward the good work of our local charities with significant financial assistance is so important to us.”

Burns’ co-chair, Randy Ray, added, “Our beneficiaries have a proven track record of consistently providing much-needed health and social services to the North Texas gay and lesbian community.

“We are eager to continue Black Tie’s tradition of giving back to our community through these worthy organizations,” he said.

This year’s dinner is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Additional information about the beneficiary application process is available on www.blacktie.org or via email at twilson@blacktiedinner.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 16, 2007.

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