BTD teams with HBO for spring kickoff gala

Posted on 29 May 2008 at 7:12pm
By Staff Reports

Dinner organizers create blog for people to share ‘Untold Stories’

Pictured from left are Laurie Foley, Black Tie Dinner co-chair; Nan Arnold, BTD Sponsor Committee chair; Julia Wellborn, Wachovia Regional president for North Texas; and Randy Ray, BTD co-chair. – KRISTINA BOWMAN



The Black Tie Dinner and HBO teamed together last week for the BTD’s Spring Sponsor Kick-Off Party, an event that featured the Dallas-Fort Worth premier of the HBO documentary "When I Knew."

More than 220 guests attended the event at Dallas Theater Center’s Kalita Humphreys Theater, according to BTD officials.

Randy Ray, BTD co-chair, said the documentary, which showcases individuals recounting the exact moment in their lives when they knew they were gay or lesbian, was a perfect fit with the dinner’s theme for 2008: "Stories Untold: Let Your Life Speak."

"This was a wonderful opportunity for BTD to partner with HBO and celebrate the personal journey of the GLBT community and its allies," Ray said. "Both themes affirm that the GLBT community and its allies havecandid, funny, poignant and heartbreaking stories to tell and that our lives often speak louder than our words."

Mike Hopper, director of corporate affairs and regional public relations for HBO, said it was the "synergy of the two themes" that prompted him to pursue a partnership with BTD.

And Laurie Foley, the other BTD co-chair, said, "As GLBT individuals, we’ve all experienced that time of loneliness that the film … explores. Both HBO and BTD have realized the importance of the GLBT community sharing their stories of acceptance, community, discrimination, hatred, loneliness, love and marriage with others and how it can be an affirming experience."

It’s for that reason, Foley said, that BTD created a blog where people can share their "Untold Stories." The blog is located online at http://blacktiedinner.wordpress.com.

The 35-minute documentary will run exclusively on Cinemax on June 25, at 6:30 p.m. CST, as part of HBO’s Gay Pride Month programming.


Bishop V. Gene Robinson

The 2008 Black Tie Dinner will be held Nov. 22 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, formerly the Adam’s Mark Hotel, in Downtown Dallas. It will feature the presentation of the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award to Episcopalian Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the first out gay man elected as a bishop in the Episcopal Church U.S.A.

Premium tables and special seating can be secured now for the event through individual and corporate sponsorships. General table sales, ticket sales and table captain happy hour will be held on Sept. 9. Information is available online at www.blacktiedinner.org.

The BTD board of directors will host the open-invitation 2008 Black Tie Dinner Launch Party on June 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Ballroom of the Sheraton Dallas. The party will include a multi-media preview of the 2008 dinner and announcements about the new ticket sales process and more. BTD beneficiary representatives will attend the party that will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The Fall Sponsor Party will be Oct. 23.


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 30, 2008.

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