In June, the Utah chapter of the Human Rights Campaign will hold its annual Gala Dinner to raise money for its various programs and lobbying efforts. The evening’s keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and entertainment will be provided by actress and R&B star Thelma Houston. Pop artist Kristine W. will provide entertainment for the gala’s after party. The organization will also honor businessman Jim Dabakis and Equality Utah board chairwoman Stephanie Pappas with its Equality Award, which recognizes individuals who work for political equality for gay and transgender citizens.
When: June 20, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Grand America Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 555 South Main St, Salt Lake City
Cost: $125 per ticket until June 14, $150 after, $200 for VIP tickets. Major donjors and Federal Club members are eligible for a discount rate.
Equality Utah’s 8th Annual Allies Dinner will be held in August. This dinner is a fundraiser for the Equality Utah Political Action Committee, which endorses and supports the campaigns of fair-minded political candidates in Utah. Each year, the statewide gay rights organization also presents its Allies for Equality Awards at the dinner, which honor individuals who have worked to advance the legal equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Utahns. This year’s recipients will be Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson; former ACLU Executive Director Carol Gnade; former Cactus & Tropicals owner Lorraine Miller; and South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society Minister Rev. Sean Dennison.
When: Aug. 19, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Salt Palace’s grand Ballroom, 100 S. West Temple
Try-Angles Best Damn Bike Tour Team
Once again, Club Try-Angles owner Gene Geiber will sponsor a cycling team for Harmon’s MS Best Dam Bike Tour, an annual bike ride to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Utah. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied cyclists of all experience levels are invited to participate in the two-day ride through Logan, Utah. Participants may bike 40, 75 or 100 miles each day. The ride is fully supported with several rest stops and supply wagons. The team is hoping to raise $5,000 and to date has raised $1,145.
When: June 27 and 28
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or tinyurl.com/teamtryangles.
sWerve Needs Pride Volunteers
Lesbian civic and social group sWerve is looking for volunteers to help serve wine, beer and cocktails in the Utah Pride Festival’s Member’s Garden. Available shifts are 3:45 – 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, and 10:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. and 2:15 – 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. To volunteer send your name, email address and preferred shift time to email@example.com.
HRC Also Needs Pride Volunteers
The Utah Human Rights Campaign is looking for volunteers to staff the Utah Pride Festival’s soda stations on Saturday, June 6. Each station will have three volunteers: one to handle money and two to serve drinks. Volunteer shifts last three hours: from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. To volunteer send an email with the subject: Soda Stations on Saturday, June 6, 2009 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
U QSU Needs Pride Volunteers Too
The University of Utah’s LGBT Recourse Center and Queer Student Union are looking for volunteers to staff their booth at the Utah Pride Festival. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 6 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday June 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. To volunteer call the center at (801) 587-7973 or email LGBTRC@sa.utah.edu.