Equality NC Foundation Gala 2015

2015 Equality Gala

Equality NC Foundation's ninth annual Equality Gala returned Saturday, November 21, 2015, in beautiful downtown Raleigh (Marriott City Center, 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC). This premier statewide Equality event brought record numbers of LGBT North Carolinians and allies together for an all-new, home grown evening celebration of our recent victories around defeating the so called "Religious Refusal" bill and more that set the stage for another unprecedented year of quality Equality engagement.

This 2015 event kicked-off at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception preceding the 7:00 p.m. 2015 Equality Gala from the University Ballroom in beautiful downtown Raleigh (500 Fayetteville Street), followed by an amazing on-site after-party.

The Equality NC Gala is well-known for snagging the movement's biggest stars. 2015's special keynote speaker was Jim Obergefell. Jim was the lead plaintiff in the supreme court case that brought marriage equality to every state in the USA.

Every Equality Gala features Equality Champions including 2015's Legislative Leadership Award, Bob Page Equality Champion Awards, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Ally Award, and more.

2015 Equality Sponsors

We couldn't have a 2015 Equality NC Foundation Gala without the support of our amazing Gala sponsors. These businesses, organizations, and non-profits made our biggest evening extravaganza of 2015 so amazing.

Old North State
Replacements, Ltd
Workplace Options

Bank of America
Cape Fear Eye Associates
PNC Financial Services Group
Reynolds American Inc.

Alston & Bird
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
Food Lion / Delhaize America
McGuire Woods
Myriad Media
Town of Carboro Tourism + Orange County

Small Business Leader
Triangle Financial Advisors
Wells Fargo

ACLU of North Carolina
LGBT Center of Raleigh
Greater Raleigh CVB
Guilford Green Foundation
LGBT Dems of Wake County, LGBT Dems of NC, and Young Dems of Wake County

2015 Table Captains & Hosts

Special thanks go out to our 2015 Equality NC Foundation Gala Table Hosts -- Gala guests who fill tables for Equality.

  • Steve Acosta
  • Cape Fear Equality
  • Linda Cary
  • ENC Foothills
  • Justin Garcia & Matt Hirschy
  • Guilford Green Foundation
  • Sue Hauser & Julie Merricks
  • HRC
  • Paula Kohut
  • LGBT Dems of Wake/ LGBT Dems of NC and Young Dems of Wake
  • Aaron Lucier
  • Lorraine Johnson & Beverly Branaman
  • Jeanne Lindquist Kutrow & Brad Kutrow
  • Rick & Pat Richardson
  • Rick McDermott and Rob Willard
  • Guillo Rodriguez
  • Meredith Griffin-Speagle
  • Gerda Stein
  • Laura Taylor
  • Scott Taylor
  • Brian Turner
  • Kenneth Wittenauer & Russ Leciejewski
  • Workplace Options
  • YDNC

2016 Equality Gala

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