On the HRC Carolina Facebook page this was posted,
Special Appearance – Joe Solmonese
Under Joe Solmonese’s leadership as President, the Human Rights Campaign has been an effective, strategic and creative force in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights advocacy. Solmonese knows that to promote a better life for all of America’s LGBT people and their families, HRC must make inroads not only in legislatures, but in workplaces, communities, religious congregations, schools, universities and media outlets. HRC’s work reflects this vision: Solmonese has overseen electoral and legislative victories and successful outreach to new audiences. A dynamic speaker with a powerful message, Solmonese is one of the most sought-after political voices in progressive politics today. He appears frequently in the national media as a voice for equality.Each Year HRC honor folks with a nice dinner, music and nice little award. Many times few folks honor at these state events, are not even from that state. this Year a ward will be giving to someone whom might be gay and from out of state,
Today, HRC has more than 750,000 members and supporters who not only contribute to its annual budget of more than $30 million, but are primed to take specific action, whether at the statehouse or the U.S. Capitol. In fact, over Solmonese’s tenure, HRC has seen a surge in small donors, with half its members contributing $5 or more in the last 24 months.
I have yet to see a Gala where Joe isn’t at, so just how is his appearance Special. He was here last year, and the year before when the Gala was in Charlotte, where the Trans-gender Community Protested the Gala. Because of Joe and the other jackass’s of HRC decide to throw them under the bus, if it would get ENDA pass in Congress faster. The Trans-Community was in their right to protest that Gala.
HRC Visibility Award – David Bromstad
David Bromstad, the season one winner of HGTV Design Star and current host of HGTV’s Color Splash, is known for his endless energy and out-of-the-box thinking. Bromstad began his career as a design student at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Earnest, passionate, talented and innovative, Bromstad creates awe-inspiring works on many platforms, including custom art, furniture building and interior design.They (HRC) will be honoring one of their own as well,
After being laid off as a Disney illustrator, Bromstad started his own company, Bromstad Studio, designing fantasy bedrooms for children. At the urging of a friend, Bromstad moved to Miami Beach and tried out for HGTV's Design Star, a reality show competition to pick a host for a new show on the HGTV cable network. On Design Star, Bromstad competed against nine other potential designers, winning the grand prize -- a car and the chance to host his own show on HGTV. He currently resides in Miami, Florida.
Joni Madison inspires local volunteers, state board members, and national board members with her leadership and dedication to the mission of HRC. She has been an HRC Governor for 6 years, an HRC Carolinas Dinner Co-Chair twice, and has served on the HRC National Board of Directors for 4 years. Madison has led the North Carolina Steering Committee, the only steering committee in the nation that is a statewide in scope for the past 9 years successfully accomplishing every goal set mutually at the local and national level. With her leadership, the HRC North Carolina Gala grew to be one of the largest local HRC Dinners in the nation.I guess you have to a award to the person who help to suck so much money out of NC for HRC to use to jet Joe’s ass around the world, in first class, high price Hotels, and limos..
Also last year(2010) they honor a late comer outer, with an award too,, just who was this late comer?
Meredith Baxter is an acclaimed television, film, and stage actress, producer, and advocate for women’s rights and breast cancer research. Meredith recently came out as a lesbian on national television during an interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show and in an interview in People Magazine. She also just signed a deal with Broadway Books to write a candid and revealing memoir of her eventful personal life which, in addition to her recent coming out, includes her diagnosis of breast cancer in 1998, as well as her professional life.Also they honor Raleigh native and resident Clay Aiken, who while on American Idol deny he was gay, even after the show. Then he final did..
High Profile Individuals is all HRC cares about, they use those folks to help fill their coffers.
New York tickets are high too,
Ticket price $400*A course the tickets have to high for NY since it being held at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Also they have a lot of actor/ess ass to kiss as well too, not just those rich ass NY fuckers.
*current Federal Club Members can purchase tickets for only $300
VIP tickets $600
VIP tickets include early entrance to a pre-gala reception & champagne service
I guess us here in NC should be lucky our tickets are not that high, but still high enough to keep many community members out.
Regular Price $175.00
Regular Price $200.00
Federal Club Member $75.00
Community Ticket $150.00
Community Table $1500.00
Table of 10 $3000.00
The Premium table is a rip-off, 10@$200 is $2000, so what do you get for the next $1000?