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.

—  Anna Waugh

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.

—  Anna Waugh

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

PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Black Tie draws 3,000, raises over $1 million

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, addresses the crowd of 3,000 during what was his first Black Tie Dinner on Saturday at the Sheraton Dallas. (Chuck Marcelo/Dallas Voice)

SLIDESHOW: CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE PHOTOS FROM BLACK TIE

ANNA WAUGH  |  Staff Writer

Heartfelt stories of progress and hope at Saturday’s 31st Black Tie Dinner reminded the audience that while the LGBT community has accomplished so much, there is still more to achieve.

The sold-out event brought together about 3,000 in the community to raise money for the Human Rights Campaign and 18 local beneficiaries.

Chris Kouvelis, BTD co-chair, said Monday that more than $1 million was raised from the event. The total will be announced at the distribution party Dec. 13. He said the location of the party hasn’t been decided yet.

One of the most touching moments of the evening was when HRC President Chad Griffin mentioned 19-year-old Alice he met back in June on his first day as HRC president. The teen, who was Griffin’s guest at Black Tie on Saturday, drove two hours to the event in Little Rock, Ark., and asked him what he would do for people like her. Alice, as the teen goes by, lives in a small town with religious parents and is afraid to tell them she is a lesbian. Griffin said he could only guarantee Alice that the organization would fight to end hate and encourage acceptance in all states.

“The only thing I had to offer was a promise. A promise that HRC will keep fighting everyday until equality reaches every single person in every single corner of this vast country,” Griffin said.

Griffin said even after the LGBT community tips the balance in favor of President Barack Obama and lesbian Senate hopeful Tammy Baldwin on Tuesday, “there will still be people like Alice out there just trying to find a welcoming place to call home.” He said HRC will continue to fight battles for young people to provide a future “they deserve to inherit.”

Chaz Bono, who received the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award, shared his coming out stories that both took place under the national spotlight, first when he came out as a lesbian and then later when he came out as trans. He said people needed to remember the T more when they think of LGBT, and he encouraged BTD to make a trans organization a beneficiary in the coming years.

Lesbian actress Meredith Baxter then addressed the audience as the keynote speaker. She highlighted the importance of her coming out three years ago on The Today Show. She said even with all her success as an actress, it wasn’t until she came out that she felt entitled to her success for being true to who she was.

“I could never have foreseen how transforming and how rewarding that my personal and public revelation was going to be,” she said.

Baxter mentioned the compelling story of Timothy Kurek, a straight man who spent a year living as a gay man in order to find empathy for his lesbian friend. She encouraged others to continue to be visible and tell their stories in order to continue the fight for equality nationwide.

“Not one thing changed in America until we chose to be visible to come out honestly to our friends and family and co-workers,” she said. “Just to be known. Just to be ourselves.”

Watch videos of the speakers below.

—  Anna Waugh

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

Yes, we know this is Black Tie Dinner weekend, but if you don’t have tickets by now, you’ve got other stuff to keep you busy — some of it quite great.

First, you can get a taste of Black Tie for the B4 Preview Party Friday night at the Sheraton, a little sneak peak of the auction items. Then on Saturday you have two chances to see Jaston Williams (of Greater Tuna fame) performing his one-man show about growing up in the Panhandle, Cooking with Gasoline, pictured, at Casa Manana. You also only have a few more changes to see Lyric Stage‘s production of 1776. It’s not a perfect musical by any means, but the cast is strong and nothing will get you excited about voting more than a patriotic musical. You have a little longer to see The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity from Dallas Theater Center. Hot guys in Speedos and a smart dissection of consumer culture? I was sold.

Also on Saturday, you can go to the 500 Inc.’s 10th annual WineFest in Addison. (We’re even giving away free tickets!)

If you prefer staying in on a Friday night, Lily Tomlin returns to sitcomdom with Malibu Country tonight on ABC.

On Election Eve, Mama’s Party returns for a fundraiser in Grand Prairie with Amy Stevenson hosting as always and local vocal luminaries performing. Expect a lot of tributes to the late Buddy Shanahan — the local pianist died Sunday; a memorial service will be held for his friends at the Cathedral of Hope on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. For a different kind of music on Monday, you can instead see Liz Mikel play Blue (Room) at South Side on Lamar with her show about sex and women. Oh, lord!

Many of us will be glued to the TV watching election returns on Tuesday, but if you need some other distraction, consider seeing Oral Fixation, the storytelling series, at The MAC.

And finally, although Stephan Pyles’ newest restaurant Stampede 66 hasn’t officially opened yet, it’s due and day now, and until then, you can check out pictures of the interior here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones