Human Rights Campaign Austin Gala Draws Record Turnout
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Miguel Angel
THE SCENE: Austin’s JW Marriott was recently the setting for an evening of fun and purpose. A record-breaking crowd of over 900 of Austin’s philanthropic and community leaders attended the annual Human Rights Campaign Gala. What followed was an evening and crowd that was as diverse as Texas’ Capitol City.
THE VIBE: The energy of the creative black-tie crowd began the evening with an outdoor VIP cocktail reception on held on the venue’s terrace where partygoers and event honorees mingled and buzzed with anticipation of the evening ahead. After the cocktail hour, guests moved inside to the grand ballroom for dinner and the evenings program. The program featured testimonials from the LGBTQ community along with words from Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. The program was capped off with a performance by musician Milck, who brought down the house with her beautiful rendition of the song Quiet. The evenings festivities were capped off with an after party where guests danced the night away, grateful to be a part of an evening they will not soon forget.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Erin Gurak and Trey Pike, raised funds for the Human Rights Campaign, an nationwide organization of over three million members and supporters which seeks to end discrimination of LGBTQ people so they can be embraced as equal members of society at home, work and in every community.