The Human Rights Campaign is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year. The 22nd-annual dinner gala will be held 5-10 p.m. Feb. 24 at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St. The event also will feature dinner, dancing, a silent auction and speakers.
“This year’s theme is ‘RISE,’ a universal message that truly captures the momentum of the last year and the historic moment in which we’re living,” said HRC communications director Chris Sgro.
HRC is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil-rights organization working to advance equality.
This anticipated event raises money from ticket sales, the auction and additional donations to support the HRC efforts.
“HRC’s Greater Philadelphia Gala is an incredibly important event that raises awareness of our continuing fight for LGBTQ equality,” Sgro said.
He added the organization is excited to highlight the expansion of its work in Pennsylvania ahead of the crucial midterm elections.
“Pennsylvania is a key priority state for our new HRC Rising initiative — a campaign to accelerate progress in states from coast to coast, resist politics of hate, fight anti-LGBTQ legislation and fuel pro-equal- ity candidates and initiatives in 2018, 2020 and beyond,” Sgro said.
HRC is still recruiting volunteers for the day before and the day of the gala. Participants will help set up the ballroom and silent auction and will assist with guest registration. Volunteers are also needed to greet and direct guests.
An after-party for volunteers will be held at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St.