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Black Tie Dinner mixes comedy, country and soul for Glee-ful fundraising

Glee-ful Black Tie Dinner mixes comedy, country and soul

Alex Newell, Dana Goldberg, Debra Davis, Steve Grand, Ken Morris
Alex Newell, Dana Goldberg, Debra Davis, Steve Grand, Ken Morris Photo by Lisa Stewart
Scott Kahn, Chuck Steelman, Black Tie Dinner
Scott Kahn, Chuck Steelman Photo by Doc Strange
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Glenn Jones, Edo Popken, Black Tie Dinner
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Glenn Jones, Edo Popken Photo by Doc Strange
steve grand, black tie dinner
Steve Grand Photo by Steve Foxall
Alex Newell, Black Tie Dinner
Alex Newell Photo by Steve Foxall
Alex Newell, Jason Collins, Black Tie Dinner
Alex Newell, Jason Collins Photo by Steve Foxall
David Timmins, Dawn Estes, James Gleason, Black Tie Dinner
David Timmins, Dawn Estes, James Gleason Photo by Lisa Stewart
Justin Bundick, Brian Kasper, Alana Liane, Karen Vinsko, Black Tie Dinner
Justin Bundick, Brian Kasper, Alana Liane, Karen Vinsko Photo by Doc Strange
Dale Hansen, Black Tie Dinner
Dale Hansen Photo by Steve Foxall
Joy Cox, Pam Clayton, Vanessa Benavides, Sheila Bryant, Black Tie Dinner
Joy Cox, Pam Clayton, Vanessa Benavides, Sheila Bryant Photo by Doc Strange
Eugene Barham, Greg Packer, Black Tie Dinner
Eugene Barham, Greg Packer Photo by Doc Strange
Alex Newell, Dana Goldberg, Debra Davis, Steve Grand, Ken Morris
Scott Kahn, Chuck Steelman, Black Tie Dinner
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Glenn Jones, Edo Popken, Black Tie Dinner
steve grand, black tie dinner
Alex Newell, Black Tie Dinner
Alex Newell, Jason Collins, Black Tie Dinner
David Timmins, Dawn Estes, James Gleason, Black Tie Dinner
Justin Bundick, Brian Kasper, Alana Liane, Karen Vinsko, Black Tie Dinner
Dale Hansen, Black Tie Dinner
Joy Cox, Pam Clayton, Vanessa Benavides, Sheila Bryant, Black Tie Dinner
Eugene Barham, Greg Packer, Black Tie Dinner

Black Tie Dinner has a reputation as one of the biggest and boldest charity events in Dallas, and the 33rd annual affair at the Sheraton Dallas hotel lived up to the hype. Themed “Forward,” the festivities began as many do, with a cocktail-fueled reception, where co-chairs Ken Morris and Debra Davis awaited with a warm welcome.

A seated dinner followed, and comic Dana Goldberg kept the crowd laughing throughout the evening. She proved surprisingly adept as an auctioneer too, helping to raise more than $140,000 during the live auction.

Equally impressive were the musical performances from Glee’s Alex Newell and openly gay country rocker Steve Grand. The latter even convinced a few audience members to join him onstage.

Although the entertainment was memorable, the awards presentations really made an impression, because they reminded attendees why they had committed to Black Tie Dinner in the first place. Dale Hansen received the 2014 Media Award for the positive impact he has had on the LGBT community since his game-changing on-air commentary in support of Michael Sam’s draft by the NFL. Openly gay Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins introduced Hansen, and Collins was applauded for his coming out while actively playing in the NBA.

California’s Proposition 8 attorneys Ted Olsen and David Boies were also honored with the 2014 Elizabeth Birch Equality Award for their work in moving marriage equality forward. In 2013, Olsen and Boies successfully argued and won their case before the Supreme Court on behalf of plaintiffs Kris Perry, Sand Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, who were on hand to present the award.

Last but not least, local community hero Mike Anglin received the Kuchling Humanitarian Award for his work spanning more than 40 years in the Dallas LGBT community. In his acceptance remarks, Anglin honored previous recipients and community leaders and recounted tales from Dallas’ LGBT community history.

To end the night in spectacular style, guests danced at an exclusive after party dubbed AfterBlack. Stoli sponsored this high-energy ballroom-turned-nightclub complete with lighting, draped walls and DJ.

Black Tie Dinner raises funds for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) supportive organizations serving North Texas. Since its inception in 1982, it has distributed more than $18 million to this community.