NOVEMBER 16, 2001 • HOUSTON VOICE
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report this week that the Houston Black Tie
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It's going to be a grand evening."
Janine Brunjes, liaison to the GLBT com-
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the audience at
Swinney said. "We'll have a
lot of political people there.
It's going to be fun."
The dinner will be held
in the grand ballroom at the
George R. Brown
Featured speaker is nationally known actor Alec Mapa.
Also appearing will be the
Houston Gay Men's Chorus
and Sharon Montgomery.
This year's theme is "And
the Beat Goes On...".
Among those to be honored during the evening are
Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-
Houston, who will receive
the Hollyfield Political Award, and local resident Kevin Davidson, who will receive the
humanitarian award. Among other activities, Davidson is the administrator for the
Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of
The event includes a silent auction as
part of an effort to raise funds for the many
beneficiaries of the dinner. The national
beneficiary is the National Gay & Lesbian
Task Force. Local groups who will benefit
are: An Uncommon Legacy, The Assistance
Fund, AssistHers, Bering-Omega
Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, is among those
who will be honored at the Houston Black Tie
Dinner on Saturday. Ellis will receive the
Hollyfield Political Award al the event, which is
a charity lund-raiser.
Lee Brown will be among those who address
Saturday's Houston Black Tie Dinner.
Community Services, Houston Area Teen
Coalition of Homosexuals, Houston
Lesbian & Gay Community Center, Lesbian
Health Initiative, Montrose Clinic, People
With AIDS Coalition of Houston, PFLAG-
Houston, PFLAG/HATCH Youth
Scholarship Foundation, Texas Human
Rights Foundation, The Center for AIDS
and Resurrection Metropolitan Community
The Houston Black Tie Dinner last year
distributed more than $130,000 to local and
national organizations that serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
The group states that its mission is to
"fight AIDS, prejudice and discrimination
while serving as a strong advocate for men's
and women's health care."
The dinner has raised and distributed
more than $1.2 million since 1993.
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