2014 Black Tie Dinner: The Night in Photos

The Sheraton Dallas hotel was wall-to-wall Saturday night for the 33rd annual Black Tie Dinner, which raised funds for local beneficiaries and the Human Rights Campaign.

The event featured the presentation of the Kuchling Humanitarian Award to Mike Anglin, the Black Tie Media Award to Dale Hansen and the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award to attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, along with special appearances by NBA star Jason Collins and the Prop 8 plaintiffs.

Comedienne Dana Goldberg emcees the evening, which also featured entertainment by Alex Newell and Steve Grand.

Dallas Voice photographer Cassie Quinn captured the evening in photos:

—  Tammye Nash

Black Tie Dinner recap: Hansen kills it

DSC_9058 cropsmSaturday’s Black Tie Dinner was noteworthy in part because, for the first time in a long time, there was no keynote speaker announced to anchor the night. There as a lineup of guest appearances, sure, but the biggie? Never happened. (Organizers had one in mind, but negotiations couldn’t be finalized at the last minute.)

But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a major speech. There was.

Although he was listed merely as making a “special appearance,” WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen ended up delivering what many present felt was one of the best addresses to a Black Tie audience in memory. He got at standing ovation. And he deserved it. (To the organizers’ shame, Hansen wasn’t even part of the exclusive Speakers’ Reception where VIPs could have their photos taken with celebrities. Now everyone who was there wish they had one to put on their Facebook page.)

Hansen, of course, caused a sensation earlier this year when, after Michael Sam came out as gay prior to the NFL, Hansen took to the airwaves to chastise those who questioned his decision. It was a spirited, slightly chiding argument in favor of being a straight ally from a tall, burly, older-male sports nut — exactly the kind of ally we need because, like Sam himself, it destroys stereotypes. Hansen touted his status as an old-school liberal in Red State Central, and voiced hope for the future — “perhaps not in your lifetimes, and almost certainly not mine,” he sighed … but eventually. Gay rights are inevitable. Equality is a necessity.

Hansen was introduced by another out athlete, Jason Collins (Sam was not present at the evening), in what got the dinner started off in the right direction.

The rest of the guests were excellent as well, from Alex Newell‘s searing vocals to Dana Goldberg‘s side-splitting comedy routine (and surprising deftness as the live auctioneer) to Ted Olson’s speech (oddly, David Boies was present at the reception but ducked out before the dinner — kinda not cool, Dave) and Steve Grand‘s … well, grandness.

The photo of Dale here is by Cassie Quinn. Check out more of her photos from the night here.

See video of the evening by Barry Phillips and Brenna Hemminger here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Black Tie names Anglin 2014 Kuchling Award recipient

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Mike Anglin

 

Attorney and activist Mike Anglin of Dallas is the recipient of the 2014 Kuchling Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at the 32nd annual Dallas Black Tie Dinner in November.

BTD officials made the announcement Thursday during the Black Tie Dinner Sneak Peek event at Park Place Motorcars in Dallas.

Anglin is being honored for his long record of activism in the Dallas LGBT community, starting in the late 1970s with the Dallas Gay Political Caucus and threading through the community’s story, up to present day when he was a founding member of The Dallas Way history project.

For the complete story, read the Friday, July 25 issue of Dallas Voice, or find the story here on our website.

—  Tammye Nash

Black Tie Dinner holds season’s inaugural event in Fort Worth

At its beneficiary and theme announcement party at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Thursday, Black Tie Dinner Co-chair Ken Morris said he thinks the group set a new record: More than 300 raffle tickets for a new Mercedes were sold, making this the earliest in the season so many tickets for the car had been sold.

Before the final drawing on the night of Black Tie Dinner, 20 tickets will be drawn and the winner will be selected from those finalists. The first ticket was drawn Thursday night from those first 300 tickets sold. Michael Robertson holds that ticket that was sold by Northaven United Methodist Church, one of the beneficiaries.

The car was donated by Park Place Motors.

Black Tie will participate in FashionProject.com to raise additional funds.

“Donate gently used designer clothes, select Black Tie Dinner,” Co-chair Debra Davis explained, “They send a pre-paid shipping bag. When the item sells, Black Tie gets 55 percent of the proceeds and after five donations, you get a $40 Nordstrom gift card.”

Davis and Morris also announced Throwback Thursday. Post old Black Tie photos and videos to the group’s Facebook page. The best will be shown at the Nov. 15 dinner.

In addition to announcing the event’s theme — Forward — Morris and Davis introduced Greg Cave whose Turtle Creek Solutions donated $100,000 to become the presenting sponsor of this year’s Black Tie Dinner.

—  David Taffet

Black Tie Dinner says 2014 general tickets will increase to $400

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Dustin Lance Black at the 2013 Black Tie Dinner

Black Tie Dinner announced Friday that ticket prices for 2014 will increase from $300 to $400 for general admission.

The organization, which begins its 33rd year, wrote in a press release that the price change will be implemented to ensure Black Tie beneficiaries receive as large a distribution as possible and to maintain low cost of fundraising.

“Undertaking new ticket pricing is always approached with careful consideration because we want to keep prices affordable while returning the most money possible to our beneficiaries,” said Black Tie Dinner co-chair Ken Morris.

According to the press release, the price of a general ticket to Black Tie hasn’t changed in 10 years.

“During that time, rather than change the ticket price to reflect rising unavoidable expenses, Black Tie Dinner has worked hard to reduce or eliminate negotiable expenses and sought additional sponsorships and underwriting to maintain consistent beneficiary distribution,” the press release states.

Black Tie officials also said the ticket price increased because fixed costs have risen 36 percent since 2004.

“After 10 years of avoiding changing the price, we undertook the change this year before increasing expenses adversely affected beneficiary distribution or the cost of fundraising,” Morris said. “We work in partnership with the North Texas LGBT community and its corporate and straight allies, and enjoy their generous support because they know we are careful guardians of their investments and interests.”

Black Tie Dinner supports a number of North Texas LGBT community organizations and its national beneficiary, Human Rights Campaign Fund. Officials say the new ticket price will address the past 10 years of increased expenses and allow for a number of years to pass before having to change ticket prices again.

—  Steve Ramos

Patti LaBelle to appear at Black Tie

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R&B diva Patti LaBelle is coming to Dallas for Black Tie Dinner in November as this year’s entertainer, organizers announced late Tuesday night.

LaBelle, a longtime LGBT ally, also sings gospel music and has been outspoken on the church needing to accept gays. She’s also appeared at various Pride parades throughout her career.

Dallas Voice interviewed LaBelle in 2006 before a local performance.

The news comes a week after BTD organizers announced that Fran Drescher and ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson would receive the Media Award.

Black Tie is a Saturday, Nov. 2.

—  Dallasvoice

And the Black Tie theme is …

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“One Voice” will be the theme for the 32nd annual Black Tie Dinner, organizers announced Thursday night at a Launch Party at T & P Station in Fort Worth.

After BTD co-chairs Ken Morris and Mitzi Lemons delivered the announcement to a crowd of more than 200, a video was played which chronicled the social progress and political evolution of LGBT Americans over the last 40 years. At times it highlighted the darker side of the struggle, including images of Harvey Milk and Matthew Shepard. However, most of the video was dedicated to strides made under the leadership of people like former Congressman Barney Frank and President Barack Obama, demonstrating how significant it is for the GLBT community to be speaking as one.

“By choosing ‘One Voice’ as our theme this year, we look forward to demonstrating how the GLBT community has evolved,” Lemons said in a statement. “Our movement started with one person who stood up for what they believed was fair.  Since then, we have fought long and hard against injustice, yet today we face new battles involving marriage equality and anti-discrimination.”

“Our dream is for everyone in the GLBT community — along with our allies and corporate and community sponsors — to speak as one voice for equality,” Morris added. “It all starts with One Voice singing in the darkness, followed by another voice, then another until everyone is speaking together in support of the same cause.”

The 32nd annual Black Tie Dinner will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas. More than 3,000 people attend the dinner, which raises funds for 17 local GLBT-supportive organizations and its national beneficiary, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

For more information about the Black Tie Dinner or this year’s event, visit www.blacktie.org or call 972-865-2239.

Watch the Black Tie theme video here. More photos from the Launch Party below.

—  Patrick Hoffman

Black Tie beneficiary applications available online beginning Monday

blacktieBeneficiary applications for the 32nd annual Black Tie Dinner will be available on the event’s website beginning Monday, Feb. 4. Completed applications are due by March 4 and beneficiaries will be announced on March 25.

Each year, the BTD Board of Directors uses a rigorous process to select up to 20 LGBT-supportive organizations from North Texas to receive funds. In its 31-year history, the dinner has distributed more than $17 million. To be eligible, candidates must have a tax-exempt status as determined by the IRS, be able to demonstrate significant service to the North Texas LGBT community, and use a majority of their funds for direct programs and services.

The Black Tie Dinner, recently voted Dallas’ “Most Glamorous” event by CultureMap readers, is set for Nov. 2. Questions regarding the beneficiary application process may be emailed to Ron Hill at rhill@blacktie.org. For additional information about the Dinner, visit Blacktie.org.

 

—  John Wright

UPDATE: Black Tie named most glamorous Dallas event by CultureMap

Black Tie Dinner has long been known as the largest LGBT fundraising dinner in the nation, but now the annual event can add another pendant to its tuxedo:

A CultureMap reader poll found that the 31st annual Black Tie Dinner in November was the most glamorous social event in Dallas this year.

CultureMap readers cast daily votes online for the finalists from Dec.17-23 for the Most Glamorous Event in Dallas. BTD was neck and neck with the Dallas Opera’s First Night but ultimately captured 48 percent of the vote to claim the title.

The Dallas Opera’s First Night was second with 45 percent of the vote.

Cattle Baron’s Ball, MTV RE:DEFINE, Two x Two by AIDS and Art and Crystal Charity Ball were also finalists.

—  Dallasvoice

PHOTOS: Black Tie distribution party

Members of Northaven United Methodist Church accept their distribution check. The church also received a special award for selling more than 100 raffle tickets, a Black Tie record.

Black Tie Dinner distributed proceeds from the November dinner on Thursday night. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL STORY)

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin flew into town to receive a check for more than half a million dollars. Resource Center Dallas CEO Cece Cox and other staff picked up a check for more than $75,000 — a Black Tie Dinner record for a local organization. Erik Folkerth received a special award on behalf of Northaven United Methodist Church for selling more than 100 raffle tickets, another BTD record.

The distribution celebration was held at the Dallas Contemporary, a gallery of Riverfront (Industrial) Boulevard near Oak Lawn Avenue. Photos below.

—  David Taffet