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Montrose Voice, No. 282, March 21, 1986 - File 014. 1986-03-21. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5059/show/5043.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 282, March 21, 1986
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date March 21, 1986
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 014
Transcript Houston's Oldest Black-Tie Event Diana Awards Gala Set for Saturday MARCH 21, 1986/MONTROSE VOICE 13 By Connie Woods Montrose Voice Staff Reporter The 34th Annual Diana Awards Gala will be held this Saturday night, March 22, at the Tower Theater on Westheimer. The annual black-tie affair is held to raise money for various city organizations and to provide scholarships for students ofthe performing arts. Amateur performers will be featured in show business production numbers. Alice B. Tokalas and Angela Lynnesbury will be the featured masters of ceremonies for the event. According to the publicist for the gala, which is a parody of Hollywood's Academy Awards show, the Diana Foundation event is the oldest black-tie gala in Houston. The invitation-only event started in someone's backyard years ago but has grown into one of the biggest and moBt exciting events in Houston. Members ofthe community will receive such recognition as Best Makeup, Best Costuming and other such awards. "It is a type of roast recognizing members ofthe community. We use the names of current movies up for Academy Awards to recognize those who have misbehaved in public," the publicist said with a chuckle. "It is one of the most fun evenings in the community as those receiving the awards have to walk on stage to receive the award and be seen by everyone there," he added. The Diana spokesperson, like many of the other Diana members, asked that his name not be used in this article. Recognizing people who have been a part of the community with a humorous roast is not the only award presented by the Diana Foundation. In the recent past the Foundation has also recognized outstanding people in the city who have contributed to the community. "We have started giving awards to those people who have tried to help the community. No one knows until the night of the gala who will receive that prestigious award," the spokesperson said. Last year the award was presented to Houston City Mayor Kathy Whitmire for her support of the referendum held in January 1985. Barbara Goldberg of the mayor's office accepted the award for Whitmire. Some 750 people are expected to attend the gathering. "It's a great event for all of us," the spokesperson said. "There is just such a sense of comradery among the participants and the guests." Plans for the gala begin months before. The actual work begins in late December or early January. Many people donate their time and talent to the planning as well as the show business production numbers which entertain during the evening. According to the spokesperson, it is not a gay-only participation in the event. Students from the ballet company and other performing arts groups contribute their time. Proceeds from the evening go to a number of Houston area organizations, plus college scholarships are offered to selected graduates of the Houston School for the Performing and Visual Arts. "These four-year scholarships are presented to students selected by the school's faculty," he said. "Any student in the performing or visual arts is eligible whether the student may be a singer, dancer, journalist, or whomever." In addition, the Diana Foundation contributes to other organizations including the KS/AIDS Foundation, the Gay/ Lesbian Switchboard, the McAdory House and the Houston Ballet Foundation. "The Houston Ballet Foundation has really helped us through theyears loaning us lights and other equipment for the awards night," he explained. "We were the first major sponsors for the KS/AIDS Foundation when it was in its infancy. We were actually surprised that a major portion ofthe KS/AIDS funds came from us. It was at the beginning when most people didn't really know what was going on with AIDS and the research that had begun," the spokesperson said. The Diana Foundation even paid the rent for the McAdory House through 1985. Cost of the tickets for the gala event is $40 per person. In addition, the foundation holds a raffle in conjunction with the awards night to raise more money. First prize winner of the raffle will receive a trip to Australia and the Fiji Islands. For people who cannot get tickets for the Saturday event, the foundation offers tickets to the dress rehersal held tonight, Friday, at 8:00 p.m. at the Tower Theater. No awards will be presented tonight, but people can pay $10 to see the production numbers and the entertainment. The black-tie formal event will be followed by a celebration breakfast to be held at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel on South Main. The breakfast tickets cost $20. "The breakfast will be quite an extravaganza. The Hilton is doing everything they can to make it exciting," he added. 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