The sixth Utah Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner & Silent Auction will take place Saturday, May 8 at the Grand America Hotel.
Gala co-chairs Michael Fifield and Valerie Larabee announced that openly-gay Colorado Congressman Jared Polis will be the event’s featured speaker.
Polis got into politics by running in 2000 for the Colorado State Board of Education, challenging a popular incumbent and winning by just 90 votes. He served through 2007 on the board and then ran for a vacant representative seat in 2008, becoming the first openly-gay person to be elected to an open seat in Congress. His sexuality was not a factor in the race.
Polis is a successful entrepreneur who made his wealth first by moving his family’s greeting card business online, then starting an online floral shop. He runs his own foundation for education and supports the Democratic Party.
Utah native Spencer Day will provide the evening’s entertainment. The vocalist-songwriter-pianist was born in Utah, raised in rural Arizona by his single mother and currently lives in Los Angeles. He has developed an artistic sensibility that borrows from jazz, musical theater, cabaret, soul, folk, and traditional and contemporary pop. He is being compared to Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. His vocals are smooth and seductive, his arrangements are sophisticated and dreamy, as are his looks.
Tickets to the event are $150 for general seating and $200 for VIP.
The group is seeking corporate sponsors, table captains and program advertisers.
Contact Michael Fifield at [email protected] or 801-864-6777 for more information on sponsorships or being a table captain. Tickets can be purchased online at HRC.org/Utah or Box Office Tickets at 800-494-8497. For more information, visit HRC.org/Utah