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Black Tie announces more than $1 million raised for LGBT beneficiaries

Black Tie announces more than $1 million raised for LGBT beneficiaries

James Fontana, Chris Kouvelis, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Joe Gallucci
James Fontana , Chris Kouvelis , Rhonda Sargent Chambers , Joe Gallucci Photo by Robert Bostick
Shaq Chy, Aaron Burnett, Neil Patel
Shaq Chy , Aaron Burnett , Neil Patel Photo by Robert Bostick
Richard Ledbetter, Max Rippetoe, Bob Munro
Richard Ledbetter , Max Rippetoe , Bob Munro Photo by Robert Bostick
Eric Johnson, Dr. Mark Parker
Eric Johnson , Dr. Mark Parker Photo by Robert Bostick
Jon Leach, Don Tapani, Maggie Ray, David Sassano
Jon Leach , Don Tapani , Maggie Ray , David Sassano Photo by Robert Bostick
Don Tapani, David Sassano
Don Tapani, David Sassano Photo by Robert Bostick
Black Tie Distribution
Guests sipped on cocktails and noshed on light bites at the Black Tie distribution party.  Photo by Robert Bostick
Kirk Guadalupe, Ed Salamanca
Kirk Guadalupe , Ed Salamanca Photo by Robert Bostick
Greg Cave, Duane Ransdell
Greg Cave, Duane Ransdell Photo by Robert Bostick
Dean S. Wilson, Rodd Gray
Dean S. Wilson , Rodd Gray Photo by Robert Bostick
Chris Kouvelis, Chad Griffin, Mitzi Lemons
Chris Kouvelis , Chad Griffin , Mitzi Lemons Photo by Robert Bostick
Jerry Coalson, Julie Sandoval, Frank Shawn
Jerry Coalson , Julie Sandoval , Frank Shawn Photo by Robert Bostick
Andrew McPhee, James Ford
Andrew McPhee , James Ford Photo by Robert Bostick
Shaq Chy, Eli Jameson, Colin Munoz, Martin Sigler
Shaq Chy , Eli Jameson , Colin Munoz , Martin Sigler Photo by Robert Bostick
James Fontana, Chris Kouvelis, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Joe Gallucci
Shaq Chy, Aaron Burnett, Neil Patel
Richard Ledbetter, Max Rippetoe, Bob Munro
Eric Johnson, Dr. Mark Parker
Jon Leach, Don Tapani, Maggie Ray, David Sassano
Don Tapani, David Sassano
Black Tie Distribution
Kirk Guadalupe, Ed Salamanca
Greg Cave, Duane Ransdell
Dean S. Wilson, Rodd Gray
Chris Kouvelis, Chad Griffin, Mitzi Lemons
Jerry Coalson, Julie Sandoval, Frank Shawn
Andrew McPhee, James Ford
Shaq Chy, Eli Jameson, Colin Munoz, Martin Sigler

The Black Tie committee knows how to make a grand statement in everything they do — from galas to distribution parties.

About a month after devotees and LGBT supporters gathered for the 31st Annual Black Tie Dinner, the group got together at the Dallas Contemporary to learn about the distribution of funds raised from the main event.

Before co-chairs Chris Kouvelis and Mitzi Lemons took the stage, guests mingled with Black Tie board members, noshed on mac n' cheese and popcorn and sipped on cocktails. Artists such as K8 Hardy, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin worked the room. 

“I want to personally thank everyone for their time, their enthusiasm and, most of all, unwavering commitment to moving our community forward,” Kouvelis said.

Lemons later introduced Ron Hill, chair of the Black Tie community relations committee, to announce the beneficiaries who sold the most raffle tickets: In first place, Northaven United Methodist Church sold 122 tickets; in second place, Resource Center Dallas sold 45 tickets, and in third place, AIDS Arms sold 41 tickets.

And then, the highly anticipated moment arrived. Black Tie board members announced the total amount raised for each of the participating beneficiaries. All tallied, Black tie raised $1.050 million for 19 North Texas LGBT-supportive organizations, with the largest donation of $525,000 (50 percent of the total profits) going to the Human Rights Campaign foundation.

Chad Griffin, president of the HRC, captivated an enthusiastic audience by sharing the conversation he had with a Texas congressman on the plane that morning (while en route to Dallas). An extended “Oh,” was the response Griffin got after explaining what the Black Tie dinner was all about.

After lots of laughs, Griffin reminded attendees — including Maggie Ray, Eric Johnson, Dr. Mark Parker, Aaron Burnett, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Richard Ledbetter, Bob Munro, David Sassano, Don Tapani, Rodd Gray and Neil Patel — of the successful presidential election.

“The results were incredible for equality — and those results don’t happen in a vacuum. It takes years and years of work,” he said. “Know, that you made a victory like that happen —  Dallas makes change happen across the country for equality.”

Before the night ended, the 2013 presenting sponsor was announced — Turtle Creek Solutions.

Chic philanthropists left eager for next year’s Black Tie event. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 2, 2013.