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

Dustin Lance Black

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

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

AIDS Arms announces board officers, new development director

CALL TO ARMS | John Loza, center, heads the new board of AIDS Arms. Also shown, from left, Jesse Garcia, Ken Morris, Loza, David Pass and Dennis Felhman (courtesy AIDS Arms)

Agency focusing on capital campaign to fund new clinic,  continue to provide client services

From Staff Reports
editor@dallasvoice.com

Officials with AIDS Arms this week announced the hiring of a new director of development and the election of officers for the agency’s board of directors for 2011.

Attorney and former Dallas City Council member and former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem John Loza was elected as chairman of the AIDS Arms board. Other board officers are David Pass as vice chair and Ken Morris as second vice chair. Dennis Felhman was re-elected as treasurer, and Jesse Garcia was re-elected as secretary.

The board officers are tasked with overseeing the funding and stewardship of the agency during the expansion of medical care services, including a new clinic that is expected to open this summer.

Loza, who works as a criminal defense attorney, holds a degree in government from Harvard University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Pass has a bachelor’s degree in science from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in health administration master’s degree in information management from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a senior account executive with Aetna.

Fehlman, serving his third year as treasurer, is a senior vice president at Comerica Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Garcia, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, has a bachelor’s degree in communications arts from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a master’s degree in communications arts from St. Mary’s University.

The new development director is Don Macey, a native Dallasite who recently returned to the area after holding senior development positions with the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

“We are very pleased to have Dan Macey join AIDS Arms. His knowledge of health care, the needs of HIV-positive people and a close connection to the Dallas area will be beneficial to our vision and goals for increasing access to quality HIV care and support for our community,” Loza said.

“We have much to accomplish in combating the HIV epidemic on behalf of our clients, and we know Dan will add great value to that effort,” he added.

According to a statement released by AIDS Arms, Macey is tasked with “increasing awareness for the needs of both HIV-positive and high-risk individuals in the community by building the resources required to continue providing medical care, case management, HIV prevention and testing and many other programs.”

Macey’s primary focus will be the Call to Arms Campaign to pay for the new 15,000-square-feet outpatient medical care clinic for people with HIV. He will work with his team, including Sheila Bryant and Karen Campbell, and with the board of directors and

AIDS Arms Executive Director Raeline Nobles toward that goal.

AIDS Arms provides HIV testing and prevention services, case management, community education and support services to more than 7,000 people a year within a 10-county area in North Texas.

The agency also operates The Peabody Health Center, which is the only private, nonprofit HIV outpatient medical facility in Dallas, and the only community-based AIDS clinical research site in Texas for the National Institutes of Health.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Jan. 28, 2011.

—  John Wright