Utah Stonewall Dems to Join 2008 Legislative Gala

Each year the Utah Democratic Party kicks off the legislative season with its largest Legislative Gala, a black-tie optional fundraiser and dinner for state Democrats to mix, mingle and strategize for the upcoming deluge of bills, resolutions and last-minute amendments.

And this year, Utah Stonewall Democrats chair Nikki Boyer would like to extend an invitation to the public to sit at gay-friendly organization’s table for the evening on Jan. 19.

Held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City (500 South Main Street), this year’s gala, “A Year for Greatness,” is co-chaired by Salt Lake County mayor Peter Corroon and his wife, Amy. Other notable guests include Senate Democratic Leader Mike Dmitrich, Senate Democratic Whip Gene Davis, Assistant Whip Pat Jones and Senate Caucus Manager Brent Goodfellow. Among representatives of House Democrats will be House Democratic Leader Brad King, House Democratic Whip David Litvack, House Assistant Whip Carol Spackman Moss and House Caucus Manager Phil Reisen.

“This is an opportunity to have face time with just about anyone,” said Boyer. “It’s the who’s who of politicos, law-makers and lobbyists.”

But while many of the guests are lawmakers preparing to face two months of weighty issues on Capitol Hill, Boyer said the evening is supposed to be light hearted. Entertainment will be provided courtesy of Salt Lake Acting Company’s Nancy Borgenicht and Allan Nevins, authors of Saturday’s Voyeur, the annual satirical musical lampooning Utah news and politics.

“Peter loved Saturday’s Voyeur this year, so he asked Alan and Nancy to do the entertainment,” said Boyer.

Seats are still available at the Utah Stonewall Democrats’ table for $200. They can be bought by anyone with an interest in the Utah Democratic Party – whether or not they’re registered with the party.

“A lot of Republicans come every year, because they want to see the other side, I guess,” said Boyer.

The Legislative Gala will be held Jan. 19 at the Little America Hotel on 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City. Registration (and a welcoming reception) begin at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the night’s program follow at 7:00 p.m. with dessert and dancing at 9:00 p.m.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Nikki Boyer at 532-5330.

The Utah Stonewall Democratic Club is a chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats. Described as the country’s only “grass-roots Democratic LGBT organization” the club is a chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats dedicated to securing equal human rights for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens, fostering the ideals of the Democratic Party, and contributing to the party’s growth and influence.

For more information, visit their Web site at utahstonewalldemocrats.org.

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