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Tickets Now Available for  NCLR's Garden Party in Palm Springs March 31st! 

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Tickets and sponsorships are now available for NCLR’s 2018 Palm Springs Garden Party on March 31st!


Join event Co-Chairs Gary D. Soto and DeeAnn McCoy, along with NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell for a wonderful evening at the The Pond Estate in Palm Springs. But hurry! Become a sponsor before February 5th to get your name or business listed in NCLR’s Garden Party announcement in Palm Springs’ Desert Outlook magazine!

NCLR’s Palm Springs Garden Party
Saturday, March 31st
VIP Champagne Reception | 5:00 p.m. *for sponsors at VIP level and above 
Garden Party | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Pond Estate, Palm Springs, CA
Get Sponsorship & Tickets Here!


We will be honoring plaintiffs in Stockman v. Trump, one of the lawsuits challenging the administration’s attempt to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Our Executive Director Kate Kendell will describe NCLR’s ongoing fight to defend the LGBTQ community and protect the historic legal gains we have achieved together in recent years. Our beloved friends in Palm Springs have been standing shoulder to shoulder with us through the unprecedented challenges of this past year and we can’t wait to be back with you!

Individual tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Sponsorship packages start at $250. Sponsorship benefits include: acknowledgement on NCLR website and event collateral, tickets to the Garden Party, and some levels include tickets to a special VIP reception with our honorees.

For questions, contact Event & Campaign Coordinator Margaret Malmquist-West at or 415.365.1314.

Join these generous supporters and become a sponsor today!


Sign up by February 5th to be included in upcoming event promotions.

Lorraine Carlson & Isabelle Sarfati | David Vogel & Larry Fulton


The Hollywood Times | Geoff Kors & James Williamson | DeeAnn McCoy & Jackie Thomas | Martyna Skowron | Gary D. Soto & Matthew Tully

Margie Norris & Nadine Navarro | Leanne Pittsford | Eric Shay & Dr. Steve Sorenson | Rich Weissman & J.D. Horn


Carl Baker | Scott Beloved | Ilene Chaiken & LouAnne Brickhouse | Andy Linsky | John McCoy & Larry Colton

Antoinette DeVargas & Susan McCabe | Joan Elliott & Gloria Kapp | Peter Lichtenthal & Dr. Perry Eisman | Ron Wallen

Barbara & Renae Carpenter | David Freedman | Jeffrey Norman | SMRI | Darrell Tucci | Brian Webb | Rick Zbur

Salim Alama & Monty Poff | Blade Branhan | Christiane Fiardo | Sherry Fulton & Ruth Debra | Kerry Hendrix & Erica Flora | Janet Malachowsky | Cody McCabe | Robert McCann & Jim Walker | Wendy Pierro

Sponsor list as of 1.26.2018

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.