By Jenny Martinez
Photos by THT
San Diego, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/14/17 – On Saturday, August 12th, 2017 the Human Rights Campaign hosted their 6th Annual HRC San Diego Gala Dinner and Auction at the Hotel Del Coronado. The Victorian-style hotel is a world-renowned iconic landmark in San Diego.
Walking into the Crown Room where the silent auction was
being held was beautiful with its breathtaking views of the beach and the Coronado Bridge. This event is the definition of poise and elegance.
Everyone in the room had such impressive ball gowns and suits that were nothing short of fabulous. Tessa Cabrera and Clarione Guiterrez were our hosts, leading the night fluidly and graciously introducing our guest speakers.
One of the many people to grace the stage was Chad Griffin, President of HRC, who spoke about the Charlottesville hate crime and how we need to stop the hate and spread more love to each other and help us rise. Rise above the negativity, rise above the hate, and rise above the racism that we all have faced and continue to push forward for a better tomorrow.
This was the theme of the night and for the rest of our lives. Chad said, “We have all come too far and fought too hard and accomplished too much to allow anyone to drag us backwards. We stand unified today, we stand unified tomorrow, and when Donald Trump attacks any one of us he is going to keep hearing all of us.”
HRC is not just about LGBT rights, it’s also about fighting for all Americans whether they are Muslims, illegal immigrants, or disabled persons. HRC fights for all human rights that are under attack and must stay united and continue to fight for what is right.
After hearing some amazing speeches from Senator Toni Atkins and celebrity guests Katey Sagal and Eric Fanning, there was overwhelming support from everyone who attended. HRC set a new record of raising over $12,000 in donations!
As the night came to an end, what began as a room full of strangers left us with the feeling of being amongst family. It was an honor to attend this year’s HRC Gala and we look forward to next year!
If you would like to donate, volunteer, or become a HRC Federal Club member, you can visit their website