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HRC Dinner in Charlotte

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Nineteen of the Charlotte Prime Timers attended the Human Rights Campaign Gala in the ballroom of the Nascar Hall of Fame on Saturday night, February 25. Before the gala, they met at Hank Keppler’s beautiful home for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 



Everyone looked quite dapper in their dress suits or tuxedos. After arriving at the Nascar Hall of Fame and picking up their admittance tickets and bidding cards, the group participated in a silent auction of very nice items displayed on several long tables. While waiting to go into the ballroom, the group enjoyed more cocktails and met some of the dignitaries present, including Kathleen Sebelius— Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Senator Kay Hagan. Jim Thompson took the opportunity to present Secretary Sebelius with one of his famous “Judy” red slippers pins.


Once inside the ballroom, the Prime Timers occupied two of the 144 meticulously decorated round tables, complete with live flower arrangements and bottles of wine. The meal and program began with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx welcoming the attendees to the 2012 HRC North Carolina Gala. Representatives from the presenting sponsors, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, and Wells Fargo, gave presentations on how their companies embrace diversity and support the LGBT Community. Next, Joe Solmonese, President of HRC, gave a call to action to those present to continue in the fight for equality for LGBT’s. Fundraising bids were taken from the floor with a large sum of money being raised. Following Solmonese, was the keynote speaker, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius gave a summary of what the Obama Administration has done for the LGBT community and challenged the attendees to be vigilant in fighting against the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina in May and reelecting President Obama in November, or all our gains could be snuffed out.


After a delicious meal of steak and seafood was served, more national and local gala sponsors were recognized. Then came another highlight of the evening when Don Lemon, CNN anchor, was presented with the HRC Visibility Award, for coming out as a gay man on a worldwide television network. Other awards were presented, including the HRC NC Equality Award to the Farewell to Summer Foundation, the HRC NC Trailblazer Award to the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and the HRC NC Legacy Award to Reverend
Deborah Warren.

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