The PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Event

When PFLAG’s founder, Jeanne Manford, walked with her gay son, activist Morty Manford, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1972, she didn’t know that her simple message of calling on families to support their LGBTQ children would eventually lead to a groundswell in parent activism and a revolutionary reshaping of LGBTQ family life.

In the months following the march, in a Greenwich VIllage church basement, PFLAG was born. On March 11, 1973, a small group of parents, family members, and gay young people committed to a then-radical notion: family love and acceptance can heal family ruptures and save LGBTQ lives. Forty-five years later, that wild notion has been data-proven, and PFLAG has catalyzed a movement of loving LGBTQ families and supportive allies in the United States and around the world.

Join us to celebrate decades of saving lives, one family at a time, and to help us honor the people, organizations and our remarkable corporate partners and allies who have contributed to that work.  Together, we have fostered LGBTQ family resilience, resistance, and joy for 45 years. 

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PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Co-Chairs: 

John Tantillo, PwC, PFLAG National Board of Directors

KPMG, Audit, Tax, & Advisory Firm, Corporate Champion

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee: 

Dale and Gary Bernstein

Zack and Rob Bernstein

Melissa Druckman

Jean Hodges

Kay Holladay

Mara Kiesling

Philip Judson and James Maloney

Robert Marchman

Chuck Middleton

Peggy Moore

Darlene Nipper

Larry and Laura Ryan

Sam & Julia Thoron

Kathleen Welch

Beth Wheeler

Doug Wingo

Dear Abby

Interested in joining the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration host comittee? Contact Elijah Perry at eperry@pflag.org to learn more!

Register

Join us in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Series on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to commemorate more than four decades of saving lives, one family at a time, and to help us celebrate the people and organizations who have contributed to that work, and to building diversity and inclusion everywhere. Celebrate 45 years of PFLAG's history with national leaders, staff, chapter volunteers, and more. 

Have questions about your ticket purchase? Contact Devon Davila (ddavila@pflag.org) to learn more!

We can't wait to see you there!

Purchase Tickets

 

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, DC 

Led by Artistic Director Thea Kano, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is now in its 37th season. GMCW sings to inspire equality and inclusion with musical performances and education promoting justice and dignity for all. GMCW has more than 250 singing members, four select ensembles, 100 support volunteers, more than 400 subscribers, 500 donors, and an annual audience of more than 10,000 people.

The Chorus and its ensembles have kept a very busy schedule in recent years, with more than 100 outreach performances each season and almost 5,000 volunteer outreach hours. Recent outreach performances include the National Institutes of Health, Whitman Walker Health, DC Flag Football, Washington National Cathedral, and the White House holiday tour. In May 2016, GMCW ensemble Potomac Fever traveled to Ukraine for an historic LGBT music and outreach tour and in July 2015, members of GMCW embarked on a first-ever tour by a gay chorus to Cuba. In June of 2017, over 100 members of GMCW traveled to six states in four days for a Southern Equality Tour.

GMCW has performed for President and First Lady Obama, eight consecutive years at Vice President and Dr. Biden’s residence, at the historic Carnegie Library in honor of gay rights activist Dr. Frank Kameny, twice at the Kennedy Center Honors, and as part of the inaugural celebrations for President Obama and President Clinton.

GMCW has won three Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIE) - for Best Classical Recording, Best Choral Recording and Best Choral Group. GMCW sponsors four select outreach ensembles: Potomac Fever, a 15-voice close harmony group; Rock Creek Singers, a 35-voice chamber ensemble; Seasons of Love, an inspirational and gospel group; and 17th Street Dance, a jazz dance ensemble.

Since 2001, the Chorus has maintained a robust youth outreach program, GenOUT, that offers on-school-time programs, as well as free tickets to high school students, parents and teachers. In 2015, GMCW launched the GenOUT Chorus, the first LGBTQ youth chorus in the District area. The Chorus made its debut in 2015 and has grown to include over 25 students from 16 area schools.

GMCW is a member of Chorus America, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses), and the Cultural Alliance of Washington.

Event Details:

Wednesday, May 9

6:30 PM: Cocktail Reception Begins

8:00 PM: Live Auction & Raffle

Location:

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 

Washington, DC 20036

Transportation:

Metro System Map

Red Line: Farragut North

Blue/Orange/Silver Line: Farragut West

Valet Parking at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection: $59.00

Nearby Parking (PMI, Colonial): $10.00 - $20.00 

Become a host committee member: 

Planning to attend the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration and want to do even more to show your support for PFLAG and its network of 400+ chapters nationwide? Want to support and celebrate the amazing individuals and organizations that will be honored throughout the evening? Looking for a great reason to spend the evening with PFLAG National supporters, staff, and volunteers?

Then please consider in joining the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration host comittee! Contact Elijah Perry at eperry@pflag.org to learn more!

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee: 

Dale and Gary Bernstein

Zack and Rob Bernstein

Melissa Druckman

Jean Hodges

Kay Holladay

Mara Kiesling

Philip Judson and James Maloney

Robert Marchman

Chuck Middleton

Peggy Moore

Darlene Nipper

Larry and Laura Ryan

Sam & Julia Thoron

Caitlin Ward

Kathleen Welch

Beth Wheeler

Doug Wingo

Dear Abby

Interested in joining the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration host comittee? Contact Elijah Perry at eperry@pflag.org to learn more!

With the support of our corporate partners, event sponsors, and supporters the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration will include a live auction and raffle. All proceeds will benefit PFLAG. Purchase tickets now for the opportunity to win there exciting auction packages and raffle prizes, brought to you by PFLAG National Partners including American AirlinesMarriott International, R Family Vacations, and Whirlpool Corporation!

LGBTQ Family & Friends Club Med Sandpiper ResortSpend six days and five nights (July 14-19, 2018) at the ALL-INCLUSIVE Club Med Sandpiper Bay resort. This package includes 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for your trip!

 

 

Explore the “Crossroad of the World” at this Luxurious Urban Oasis. Enjoy three nights at The Santa Maria Panama, a Luxury Collection Hotel as well as complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Mestizo Restaurant. This package includes 450,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for your trip!

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a Sophisticated Oasis on the Shores of the Pacific. Spend five nights at The W Punta de Mita as well as dinner for two at the Spice Market. This package also includes 450,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for your trip!

 

 

 

 

Welcome Aboard. We are glad to be your airline. Fly to these amazing destinations on American Airlines, PFLAG National’s long-standing partner and favorite airline.

Become an event sponsor: 

Looking for a way to do good and affirm your family or your organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion? Want to support and celebrate the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to bringing people who are LGBTQ, their families, and allies together to achieve equality for all? Looking for a fantastic reason to spend some time and see the sights in Washington DC this spring?

Then please consider sponsoring the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration this year. Contact PFLAG National's Corporate Development Manager, Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org, 202-684-9891) to learn more!

The PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Sponsorship Levels

$25,000 - Presenting Sponsor - Includes 15 tickets, verbal recognition from podium, and much more!

$10,000 - Lead Sponsor - Includes 10 tickets, logo placement in printed and electronic materials, and more!

$5,000 - Best Friend Sponsor - Includes 6 tickets, logo placement in printed and electronic materials, and more!

$2,500 - Friend Sponsor - Includes 4 tickets, name listing in printed and electronic materials, and more!

$1,000 - Sponsor - Includes 2 tickets, ad in event slide show, and more!

Contact Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org) to learn more about sponsorship benefits at each level, make your pledge to the nation's oldest ally organization, and to help PFLAG National celebrate 45 amazing years dedicated to support, education and advocacy for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ. 

Just can't wait to show your support for a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression? You can also process your sponsorship for the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration online here: 

Become a Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Best Friend Sponsor

 

Friend Sponsor

 

Interested in becoming a PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration sponsor? Check out the "Become a Sponsor" tab, the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Pledge Form, or contact Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org) to learn more! 

PFLAG National would also like to thank our corporate partners who share our vision of diversity and inclusion and have joined us in our mission of advancing equality. 

Titanium

Platinum

Gold

 
 

Silver

 

Bronze

   
    
   
   

Interested in joining this distinguished list? To position your organization as a leader and work in partnership with PFLAG National, contact Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org).

If you are a member of the media and want to cover the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration, please contact PFLAG National Director of Communications, Liz Owen by e-mailing lowen@pflag.org or calling (202) 467-8180 ext. 214. Please note that access to the event requires a pre-approved media pass.

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