ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is proud to present The 4th Annual Black and White Ball, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Long Beach at 6pm. One of the most sought after ticketed charity events in the City, The Black and White Ball presents guests with an evening of elegance and sophistication in the spirit of celebrating the LGBTQ community’s many accomplishments.
Having sold out every year, The Black and White Ball is expected to break attendance records yet again. Guests will experience an evening featuring champagne greeting, live music, exclusive silent auction, dinner, dancing, and three Center Icon Awards. In honor of the late Ellen Ward, The Center will be presenting the inaugural Ellen Ward Leadership Icon to longtime resident and activist Vanessa Romain. Ward served multiple times as Mayor of Signal Hill and served as a longtime Councilmember, was the original owner of the iconic local bar Que Sera, a founding member of the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and longtime LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS advocate in Long Beach and Signal Hill. Romain is a decades-long resident of Long Beach who served more than 25 years on the Board of Directors at Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride and served multiple terms as the organization’s President. She currently serves as a field deputy to Congressman Alan Lowenthal.
The Center will also honor Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell with the Political Icon Award. A former Long Beach City Councilmember and public school teacher, O’Donnell has championed the LGBTQ community through legislative efforts to create safer and more inclusive schools. The Community Icon Award will be presented to the International Imperial Court of Long Beach for their decades of support for LGBTQ and other non-profit organizations in the City.
Proceeds from the Black and White Ball will support the many programs and services of The Center, the largest publically supported LGBTQ direct services organization in greater Long Beach, which supports more than 25,000 clients per year
Don’t miss out on this wonderful community event! Tickets are on sale now!
General Admission $175
Table for 10: $1,750
*To avoid online service fees, payment can be mailed to The Center or guests can walk in to directly purchase tickets or a table with cash or check. For questions or more information contact Porter Gilberg at 562.434.4455 ext. 245 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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