Toast To Life gala tonight at F.I.G.

Raise your glass

The Toast To Life Gala brings together culinary delights and luxury auctions together for a dazzling night of fundraising. The annual event celebrates 14 years with all proceeds from the night benefiting Resource Center Dallas. Who doesn’t like a night to dress up fancy like while raising a toast to the years of work the Center has done?

DEETS: Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave. 8 p.m. $100–$150. ToastToLife.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Best Bets • 02.24.12

Friday 02.24

Up close and personal
CNN’s Soledad O’Brien struck a chord with the LGBT community in her 2010 special Gay in America following up on her Latino and African-American coverage. She comes to Arlington giving a lecture on “Diversity in America.”

DEETS:
Texas Hall
701 S. Nedderman Drive (on UT Arlington campus).
7:30 p.m. Free.
UTA.edu/MaverickSpeakers.

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Saturday 02.25

Raise your glass
The Toast To Life Gala brings together culinary delights and luxury auctions together for a dazzling night of fundraising. The annual event celebrates 14 years with all proceeds from the night benefiting Resource Center Dallas. Who doesn’t like a night to dress up fancy like while raising a toast to the years of work the Center has done?

DEETS: Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Ave.
8 p.m.
$100–$150.
ToastToLife.org.

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Wednesday 02.29

Comic appeal
Bond over Marvel team-ups or Archie love triangles when Zeus Comics owner Richard Neal hosts The Return of the Mighty Zeus LGBT Mixer. The new Leap Year tradition features special guest Tim Fish, the out cartoonist behind such queer comic tomes like Cavalcade of Boys and Young Bottoms in Love. He’ll sign copies of his work, but at least buy him a thank you drink.

DEETS:
Dallas Eagle
5740 Maple Ave.
5:30 p.m.
ZeusComics.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 24, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Local Briefs • 02.17.12

Toast to Life set for Feb. 25

The 14th annual Toast to Life Gala — fundraiser for Resource Center Dallas’ programs and services that make life better for people living with HIV/AIDS — is set for Feb. 25

The event, “Lights, Camera, ACTION!,” begins at 8 p.m. at FIG–Fashion Industry Gallery, at 1807 Ross Ave. Toast to Life has an annual attendance of more than 800, has raised more than $2.4 million since it began in 1999, and is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year.
The centerpiece of Toast To Life has always been the culinary fare presented by a collection of Dallas’ most popular restaurants, along with wines and spirits. Guests participate throughout the evening by bidding on exclusive silent and luxury auction items and enjoying stellar entertainment.
This year’s auction items include:
• VIP passes to a taping of Fashion Police with Joan Rivers in L.A.;
• A limited-edition, autographed Katy Perry tour jacket;
• Week rental of a four-bedroom private condo in Park City, Utah;
• Furnishings from Herman Miller Inc., Knoll and Neiman Marcus–Willow Bend;
• Assorted travel packages and gift certificates from casual favorites to Dallas’ most prominent restaurants; and,
• One-of-a-kind art from well-known local artists.
Toast To Life Gala is presented by Christopher A. Salerno and sponsored in part by: Nordstrom, Eric V. Culbertson & David W. Carlson, American Airlines, Christopher J. Vesy, M.D. & Alan E. Roller, Charles MarLett & Jim Vasilas, Steven M. Pounders, M.D. & Jimmy O’Reilly, United Court of the Lone Star Empire, David Hardt & Steven Hartsell, and Bud Light/Ben E. Keith.
Tickets are $100. VIP tickets, which includes private reception prior to gala, are $150. For tickets and sponsor information for the 2012 Toast To Life Gala, visit www.toasttolife.org.

BTD beneficiary applications online

Black Tie Dinner has opened its 31st season by making applications for 2012 beneficiaries available online. The deadline is March 2. Beneficiaries must submit a new application each year. Up to 20 organizations are chosen to receive half the proceeds from the annual dinner. The other half benefits the Human Rights Campaign.

The Dallas Black Tie Dinner has been the largest LGBT fundraising dinner since it began in 1982.
Black Tie Dinner has raised more than $15 million since it began in 1982. In 2011, the organization distributed $1.142 million to 17 North Texas groups. This year’s dinner will be held at the Sheraton in Downtown Dallas on Nov. 3. Mitzi Lemons and Chris Kouvelis are the chairs.
For more info or to submit an application, go to BlackTie.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 17, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Resource Center honors volunteers

Leon Catlett receives top honor posthumously at annual dinner

LEGACY OF SERVICE | Carol Fisher accepts Resource Center Dallas’ 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award on Sunday, Jan. 29, on behalf of her son, Leon Catlett, who died last year. RCD Executive Director and CEO Cece Cox, left, and services manager Kee Holt presented Fisher with Catlett’s award during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party at the Starlight Room in Dallas.

From Staff Reports
editor@dallasvoice.com

More than 1,090 people gave more than 49,100 hours of their time and talents valued at more than $1.05 million to Resource Center Dallas in 2011, allowing the center to make life better for thousands of North Texans.

The volunteers were honored at the center’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Starlight Room in the Dallas West End.

Longtime volunteer Leon Catlett, who died last November, posthumously received the 2011 Martha Dealey Volunteer of the Year award.

“Leon’s vibrant presence volunteering for the center, from the front desk and nutrition center to events such as Toast To Life, was a comforting and consistent presence for our staff and clients,” said Cece Cox, RCD’s executive director and CEO. “We miss him terribly, but are comforted by and thankful for his legacy of service to the center.”

Resource Center Dallas also recognized the following:

• Michael Chau received the Randolph Terrell Community Service Award, given to a group or individual for exceptional service to the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV/AIDS;

• Miles Vinton was given the Suzanne Wilson Award, presented to the year’s most significant volunteer in Client Services;

• Jack Hancock received the John Thomas Award, in recognition as the Gay & Lesbian Community Center’s exceptional volunteer of the year;

• Dr. Jaime Vasquez was awarded the Bill Nelson Award honoring the Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center’s outstanding volunteer of the year; and,

• David Granger received the Bruce Long Award for outstanding development department volunteer.

The center also recognized 117 volunteers who contributed more than 100 hours during 2011. Miles Vinton, with 906 hours, was recognized for donating the most amount of time last year.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 3, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

Local Briefs

Toast to Life set for Feb. 26

Resource Center Dallas holds its 13th annual Pride Pharmacy Toast To Life gala fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 26, to benefit the center’s HIV/AIDS programs and services. Event tickets are $100 and VIP tickets including a private reception are $150.

The event, “Cirque De La Vie,” will be held at FIG-Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave.

Pride Pharmacy Toast To Life features food from some of Dallas’ most prominent chefs and restaurants, along with wines and other beverages. There is also a silent auction and entertainment.

This year’s silent auction items include: a “chef’s dinner” for 10 at Truluck’s, including private dining and wine and valued at $5,000; a weeklong vacation in Provincetown, including a stay in a private rent house and air transportation on American Airlines; a “Gayribbean Cruise” for two; jewelry from Neiman Marcus; assorted travel packages and gift certificates, and one-of-a-kind art from well-known local artists.

Pride Pharmacy Toast To Life is presented by Pride Pharmacy and sponsored in part by Dr. Christopher A. Salerno and John F. Dixon, Eric V. Culbertson and David W. Carlson, AA.com/rainbow, FIG-Fashion Industry Gallery, Pinky’s Valet, Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, EMD Serono, Go-Lite Digital Advertising, Bravo! Entertainment, Total 360 Interiors, Artifex Art and Framing, Christopher J. Vesy, M.D. & Allan E. Roller, Chuck MarLett and Jim Vasilas, Steve S. Rayl & Scot Presley, Steven M. Pounders, M.D., and Jimmy O’Reilly, the United Court of the Lone Star Empire, BOLD Entertainment — Brandon Olds, and Dr. David Lee and Casey Wilcox. Tickets and sponsor information is available online at ToastToLife.org.

DFW Pug Rescue holding Pet Walk

DFW Pug Rescue Club holds its first annual Pet Walk and Adoption Event from 9 a.mm. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Villages of Bear Creek, 1509 Bear Creek Parkway in Euless.

The event will feature a pet walk, an unleashed dog park, pugs looking for adoption and more. Pre-registration for the Pug Love Fun Run is $20; registration is $25 the day of the event.

Registration fees include a t-shirt, and all proceeds will go directly to the DFWPRC.

Chamber seeks auction donations

The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce is looking for donations of items for its 6th anniversary gala dinner and silent auction.

Items donated for the auction must have a value of at least $250 and must be ready for pick up by March 15. Donated items must also be accompanied by all the necessary information.

Individual tickets prior through Feb. 28 are $55, and tables of 10 are $550. For more information, contact the chamber at 214-821-4528.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 18, 2011.

—  John Wright

Resource Center raffling off Lady Gaga tickets

Resource Center Dallas’ Rafael McDonnell just sent out notice that the center will be raffling off tickets to Lady Gaga’s show at the American Airlines Center in March:

We’re doing it again! Resource Center Dallas is raffling off two LUXURY SUITE tickets and parking for the Monster Ball Tour starring Lady Gaga March 14 at the American Airlines Center. You may remember that we held a similar raffle last summer for Lady Gaga’s July concerts at AAC. The raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced at the Pride Pharmacy Toast To Life Gala Feb. 26. People can buy their tickets to win now by going here .

If you snag those kind of seats for Gaga for $10, that would so be the bargain of the year. In case you missed it last summer, here’s some “Telephone” from her Dallas show:

—  Rich Lopez

Deaths • 11.19.10

Bud Knight passed away on Monday, Nov. 15 of leukemia. In August, he and his partner Chet Flake celebrated their 45th anniversary.

Knight began his career with Neiman Marcus. After two weeks in the executive training program, he became an assistant to Edward Marcus. He became a maternity clothes buyer for Neiman’s and in 1959 appeared on the game show What’s My Line and stumped the panel with that profession. He spent two years on the West Coast working for I. Magnin before returning to Dallas. He retired as president of woman’s retailer Lester Melnick.

In 1965, he met his partner Chet Flake. They met through a friend and played bridge on their first date. They traveled often and despite his illness they were recently able to take a cruise.

Knight was a volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center where he worked at the front desk for more than 17 years and helped stage Toast to Life. The Turtle Creek Chorale awarded him a lifetime membership after he founded the A-Z Auction. He was a former board member of Bryan’s House and he and Flake walked in LifeWalk for 20 years along with a team that they helped form from their church, St. Thomas the Apostle.

He is survived by Flake and a cousin, Judy Bolen, and Flake’s nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who all knew him as Uncle Bud. The funeral will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 6525 Inwood Road at 11 a.m.

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Breck Wall, the former Dallasite who created the long-running Bottoms Up comedy revue, died Monday, Nov. 15, in Las Vegas following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Wall was born Billy Ray Wilson in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 21, 1934, and was raised in Freeport, Texas. He spent one year at the University of Texas before moving to New York City for a time. Wall created Bottoms Up with friends in 1958.

Bottoms Up was first staged in Dallas, playing in nightclubs affiliated with Jack Ruby before moving to the Adolphus Hotel where it ran for two years.
The revue then moved to The Castaway in Las Vegas where it played late nights before becoming an afternoon show at the Thunderbird.

The show would run for several years in Las Vegas, then go on tour before returning to a new venue in Las Vegas. Wall’s longtime sidekick, David Harris, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the show originally focused on more sophisticated political humor until the Watergate scandal changed the public mood. Bottoms Up then switched to a more burlesque style, with Vaudeville-era jokes and skits framed by new generations of dancers and pop music.
The revue finally closed in 2007.

Wall also gained some fame in the early 1960s as a roommate of Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald after Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Wall’s connection with Ruby led to Wall being called to testify before the presidential commission investigating the assassination in 1964.

Wall had no survivors. The Review-Journal said he would be cremated, and that friends are organizing a memorial service for a later date.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 19, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Restaurant’s closure forces Toast to Life to go fish for a new Happy Hour date in January

Resource Center Dallas’ Rafael McDonnell sends along word that tonight’s Toast to Life Happy Hour has been canceled and will be rescheduled for sometime in January. Turns out the venue where the Happy Hour was to be held, Go Fish Ocean Club on Alpha Road just north of the Galleria, closed abruptly over the weekend. Read more about the closure at City of Ate.

—  John Wright

Local briefs • 11.12.10

GAIN holds meeting on Medicare D

Medicare D specialist Deborah E. Marshall will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 18 meeting of GAIN, Resource Center Dallas’ group for older LGBT people.

The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. The meeting will include a question-and-answer session, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Toast to Life Happy Hour set

Co-chairs Laurie Foley and Chad West will host the November Pride Pharmacy Toast to Life Happy Hour Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Go Fish, 5301 Alpha Road, just north of The Galleria.

There will be drink specials and free appetizers provided by Go Fish with Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry, and interested individuals will be able to discuss sponsorship opportunities for the 13th annual Toast to Life Gala set for Feb. 26.

For information and Toast to Life tickets, go online to ToasttoLife.org.

Book sale to benefit library

A book sale featuring books, movies and music CDs will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. Proceeds will benefit the Phil Johnson Historical Archives and Library. Donations of gently used items are needed.

For information, e-mail library@rcdallas.org or call 214-540-4451.

Leather Knights hosting ‘Angel Tree’

Leather Knights host its annual “Angel Tree” project with 75 holiday “angels” to adopt on the Angel Tree that will be set up at Dallas Eagle, beginning Saturday, Nov. 27.

Donations to the Angel Tree program benefit residents of AIDS Services of Dallas and Hillcrest House.

To participate, choose an angel, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it to Dallas Eagle and put it under the tree. All gifts must be turned in no later than Dec. 18 to ensure every resident receives their gift. For more information, go online to LeatherKnights.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 12, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Toast to Life Kickoff Party is tonight

Rafael McDonnell at Resource Center Dallas sends along word that the kickoff party for Toast to Life, RCD’s big annual fundraiser for its health and medical programs, is this evening at Truluck’s. In the past Toast to Life has been held in April, but next year’s 13th annual event will be in February. To purchase tickets for Toast to Life, go here.

—  John Wright