Saturday, December 6, 2014
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Hilton Resort at Mission Bay
About The Gala
The Gala will be held at the beautiful award winning Hilton Resort at Mission Bay. The formal dinner will feature top notch entertainment and a spectacular Silent and Live Auction. A theme of “Fit to be tied” will incorporate neck and bow ties into all elements of the evening. This gala will be the major event for the San Diego LGBT community. A great time is guaranteed.
With Special Guests
Andrea Martin, 2013 Tony Award Winner for “Pippin”
Andrea Martin began her career as a singing chicken on the Captain Kangaroo television show. Her film and TV credits include My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Simpsons, and Sesame Street for which she received a special Emmy Award. For her work on “SCTV” Ms.Martin won 2 Emmy Awards for writing and received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Variety series. She has received more Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations as a Featured Actress in a Musical than any other actress. Beginning with My Favorite Year in 1993 for which she won both awards as well as the Theatre World Award, Ms. Martin was also nominated for Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma!, and Candide. She won the 2013 Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in the award winning Broadway revival of Pippin. She is currently celebrating the success of her new book “Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts”.
Seth Rudetsky, Broadway Musician and Actor
Seth Rudetsky has worked as the music director, pianist or conductor for some of Broadway’s biggest stars, and can currently be heard as the afternoon Broadway host and the host of “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM radio. As an actor, he was seen on Broadway in THE RITZ, and starred opposite Sutton Foster in a one-night concert of THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG for the Actors Fund. Recently, he co-wrote and starred in DISASTER! (which the NY TIMES called a “triumph”), and he currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show “DECONSTRUCTING BROADWAY”.
George Takei, Actor and Activist
This year, SDHDF will be honoring Actor and Activist, George Takei. Known for his starring roles on Star Trek (Hikaru Sulu), SDHDF will be honoring him for his continued support of the LGBT Community.
San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Thanks Our Sponsors and Event Partners
The Blachford Cooper Foundation
The name Aston/Brooks is in recognition of our two most important funders;
- Lincoln Aston was a renowned and well known architect, who was openly gay and involved in the San Diego LGBT community. He was murdered in 1995. A fund was created in his memory by those who were close to him. This fund, created in 1996, became the SDHDF
- Sunshine Brooks was a generous philanthropist in San Diego who was among the first to support HIV/AIDS services in our community. Her fund here at San Diego Human Dignity is over $2 million and provides essential funding annually to many local HIV/AIDS organizations.
The Lincoln Aston Public Service Award:
Will be given to a well-known LGBT or HIV/AIDS activist who is a recognized advocate for the LGBT Community and attends our event. The recipient will receive a $5,000 grant to be given to his or her designated local LGBT charity.
The Sunshine Brooks HIV/AIDS Advocacy Award:
Recognizes a leader in HIV/AIDS services who has had an impact locally and either statewide or nationally. The recipient will receive a $5,000 grant to be given to his or her designated local HIV/AIDS charity.
The Richard Geyser Community Leadership Award:
Recognizes a local leader in the LGBT community. The recipient will receive a $5,000 grant to be given to his or her designated local LGBT charity.