The Fun in Fundraising

Black Tie Dinner enthusiasts get first look at HBO documentary The Out List

Black Tie Dinner fans get first look at HBO's The Out List

David Sassano, Calen Bedford, Jarrod Freeman, Cameron Wetzel, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
David Sassano, Calen Bedford, Jarrod Freeman, Cameron Wetzel Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Lupe Valdez, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Michael Abela, Cordey Lash, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Michael Abela, Cordey Lash Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Tammy Fletcher, Claudio Cejas, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Tammy Fletcher, Claudio Cejas Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Don Tapani, Sandra Howell, David Sassano, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Don Tapani, Sandra Howell, David Sassano Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
John McGill, Ron Corning, Mike Hopper, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
John McGill, Ron Corning, Mike Hopper Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Thomas Locke, Trey Jacobs, Phillip Archer, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Thomas Locke, Trey Jacobs, Phillip Archer Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Travis Matthews, Brian Jordan, Josh Delafuente, Ben Collins, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Travis Matthews, Brian Jordan, Josh Delafuente, Ben Collins Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Kimberly Campbell, Michelle Salazar, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Kimberly Campbell, Michelle Salazar Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Doreen Rue, Larry Bisno, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Doreen Rue, Larry Bisno Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Curry Willix, Mike Hopper, Margaret Duncan, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Curry Willix, Mike Hopper, Margaret Duncan Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Brian Long, Robert Camina, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Brian Long, Robert Camina Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
Miller Crowe, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, John McGill, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Miller Crowe, Lupe Valdez, John McGill Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Mack Campbell, Clark Jones, John McGill, Ron Corning, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Mack Campbell, Clark Jones, John McGill, Ron Corning Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Michael Wiegmann, Jeff Schick, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Michael Wiegmann, Jeff Schick Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Lupe Valdez, Tanene Allison, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Lupe Valdez, Tanene Allison Photo by Lisa Stewart Photography
James Ford, Kevin Jones, Rick Gantley, Steve Weir, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
James Ford, Kevin Jones, Rick Gantley, Steve Weir Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Ron Corning, Ken Morris, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Mitzi Lemons, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Ron Corning, Ken Morris, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Mitzi Lemons Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Benjamin Avant, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Benjamin Avant Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Lecresha Tutson, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Lecresha Tutson Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Cece Cox, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Cece Cox Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Calen Bedford, Jarrod Freeman, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Calen Bedford, Jarrod Freeman Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
Dr. Kevin Terrell, Julie Sandoval, Debra Davis, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Dr. Kevin Terrell, Julie Sandoval, Debra Davis Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography
David Sassano, Calen Bedford, Jarrod Freeman, Cameron Wetzel, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Michael Abela, Cordey Lash, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Tammy Fletcher, Claudio Cejas, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Don Tapani, Sandra Howell, David Sassano, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
John McGill, Ron Corning, Mike Hopper, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Thomas Locke, Trey Jacobs, Phillip Archer, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Travis Matthews, Brian Jordan, Josh Delafuente, Ben Collins, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Kimberly Campbell, Michelle Salazar, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Doreen Rue, Larry Bisno, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Curry Willix, Mike Hopper, Margaret Duncan, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Brian Long, Robert Camina, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Miller Crowe, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, John McGill, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Mack Campbell, Clark Jones, John McGill, Ron Corning, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Michael Wiegmann, Jeff Schick, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Lupe Valdez, Tanene Allison, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
James Ford, Kevin Jones, Rick Gantley, Steve Weir, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Ron Corning, Ken Morris, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Mitzi Lemons, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Benjamin Avant, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Lecresha Tutson, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Cece Cox, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Calen Bedford, Jarrod Freeman, Black Tie Dinner, HBO
Dr. Kevin Terrell, Julie Sandoval, Debra Davis, Black Tie Dinner, HBO

It’s no secret that Black Tie Dinner devotees know how to party. Even more commendable, they never waver in their support of LGBT organizations.

To celebrate the table captains and excite patrons about table sales for the upcoming fundraising gala, guests — including Brian Long, Robert Camina, Michael Abela, Tammy Fletcher, Cordey Lash, Michelle Salazar and Ron Corning — gathered at the Angelika Film Center for a special event, which included a private screening of the HBO documentary The Out List.

The film features interviews with a cross section of people from the LGBT community, including celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris, athlete Wade Davis and Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez. It premieres on HBO June 27.

In an interview with CultureMap, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders said he wanted to include Valdez because he considered her such an amazing person. “The struggle that she has gone through — it’s an incredible life story. I think she’s come to terms with who she is as a woman and a lesbian and a Latina. She’s just an incredible, exciting person.”

Prior to the screening, guests mingled with table captains — current and veteran — and urged attendees to buy a table. The Black Tie Dinner does not offer individual tickets; instead, individuals purchase a table of 10 (as a table captain), purchase a seat through a table captain or a 2013 beneficiary (who also have a table commitment), or become a sponsor.

The grand finale was a riveting discussion with Valdez, Greenfield-Sanders, and producers Catherine Pino and Ingrid Duran

Tables are still available for purchase for the 32nd annual gala on November 2, themed “One Voice.” The Black Tie Dinner benefits up to 20 North Texas organizations and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. To date, Black Tie Dinner has distributed more than $17 million to its beneficiaries.