The PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Event

When PFLAG’s founder, Jeanne Manford, walked with her gay son, activist Morty Manford, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March in 1972, she didn’t know that her simple message of calling on families to support their LGBTQ children would eventually lead to a groundswell in parent activism and a revolutionary reshaping of LGBTQ family life.

In the months following the march, in a Greenwich VIllage church basement, PFLAG was born. On March 11, 1973, a small group of parents, family members, and gay young people committed to a then-radical notion: family love and acceptance can heal family ruptures and save LGBTQ lives. Forty-five years later, that wild notion has been data-proven, and PFLAG has catalyzed a movement of loving LGBTQ families and supportive allies in the United States and around the world.

Join us to celebrate decades of saving lives, one family at a time, and to help us honor the people, organizations and our remarkable corporate partners and allies who have contributed to that work.  Together, we have fostered LGBTQ family resilience, resistance, and joy for 45 years.

PFLAG Award Winners that will be honored at the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration include: 

The PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration will include various awards, given to members of the LGBTQ community and allies who live the vision of PFLAG every day. They are being honored for their actions and ideas that have helped move equality forward to celebrate our past and to look toward the future.

Joy-Ann Reid

 

Straight for Equality in Media: Joy-Ann Reid 

 

 

Like PFLAG on Facebook, follow PFLAG on Twitter, or sign up-for email alerts to receive breaking news about this year's award winners and honorees!

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Co-Chairs: 

John Tantillo, PwC, PFLAG National Board of Directors

KPMG, Audit, Tax, & Advisory Firm, Corporate Champion

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee: 

Dale and Gary Bernstein

Zack and Rob Bernstein

Melissa Druckman

Jean Hodges

Kay Holladay

Mara Kiesling

Philip Judson and James Maloney

Peggy Moore

Darlene Nipper

Larry and Laura Ryan

Kathleen Welch

Beth Wheeler

Doug Wingo

Interested in joining the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration host comittee? Contact Elijah Perry at eperry@pflag.org to learn more!

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Honorary Host Comittee

Jean Hodges, PFLAG National Board President

Sam and Julia Thoron

Dear Abby

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Join us in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Series on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to commemorate more than four decades of saving lives, one family at a time, and to help us celebrate the people and organizations who have contributed to that work, and to building diversity and inclusion everywhere. Celebrate 45 years of PFLAG's history with national leaders, staff, chapter volunteers, and more. 

Have questions about your ticket purchase? Contact Devon Davila (ddavila@pflag.org) to learn more!

We can't wait to see you there!

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Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann (Joy) Reid

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of “AM Joy,” which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 A.M. ET to noon ET. She is the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins 2015), the co-editor, with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, of We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama(Bloomsbury, 2016) and a columnist for The Daily Beast. 

Her columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Miami Herald, New York Magazine and other publications. 

She currently teaches a course in “race, gender and media” at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications’ New York City annex. 

Reid is the former managing editor of TheGrio.com, a site exploring issues of importance to African-Americans, and the former host of The Reid Report, a daily news program on MSNBC. She has previously worked in local TV news, as a talk radio producer and host, and in politics as a Florida press secretary for America Coming Together (2004) and a Florida press aide for the Barack Obama campaign (2008).

Reid graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in film in 1991. She and her husband Jason own a documentary film production company. They reside in Brooklyn with their three children.

Brandon WolfBrandon Wolf

On June 12, life changed for Brandon Wolf. He hid in a bathroom while a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing his two best friends, Drew Leinonen & Juan Guerrero, as well as 47 others. But rather than get swallowed up by the anger and fear of tragedy, Brandon and his group of friends set out to honor the victims’ legacies with action.  Self-identifying as “intersectional”, Brandon joined forces with local and national organizations to bring awareness to issues affecting the LGBTQ, Latinx, and other minority communities. Brandon was a surrogate on multiple political campaigns in the 2016 cycle, appearing in July at the Democratic National Convention. He is an activist for Equality Florida and the Human Rights Campaign, and serves as the Vice President and co-founder of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that establishes Gay Straight Alliances in public high schools and provides college funding to future leaders in the LGBTQ community.

Event Details:

Wednesday, May 9

6:30 PM: Cocktail Reception Begins

8:00 PM: Live Auction & Raffle

Location:

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection

1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 

Washington, DC 20036

Transportation:

Metro System Map

Red Line: Farragut North

Blue/Orange/Silver Line: Farragut West

Valet Parking at the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection: $59.00

Nearby Parking (PMI, Colonial): $10.00 - $20.00 

Become a host committee member: 

Planning to attend the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration and want to do even more to show your support for PFLAG and its network of 400+ chapters nationwide? Want to support and celebrate the amazing individuals and organizations that will be honored throughout the evening? Looking for a great reason to spend the evening with PFLAG National supporters, staff, and volunteers?

Then please consider in joining the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration host comittee! Contact Elijah Perry at eperry@pflag.org to learn more!

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Host Committee: 

Dale and Gary Bernstein

Zack and Rob Bernstein

Melissa Druckman

Jean Hodges

Kay Holladay

Mara Kiesling

Philip Judson and James Maloney

Chuck Middleton

Peggy Moore

Darlene Nipper

Larry and Laura Ryan

Caitlin Ward

Kathleen Welch

Beth Wheeler

Doug Wingo

Interested in joining the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration host comittee? Contact Elijah Perry at eperry@pflag.org to learn more!

PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Honorary Host Comittee

Jean Hodges, PFLAG National Board President

Sam and Julia Thoron 

Dear Abby

With the support of our corporate partners, event sponsors, and supporters the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration will include a live auction and raffle. All proceeds will benefit PFLAG. Purchase tickets now for the opportunity to win there exciting auction packages and raffle prizes, brought to you by PFLAG National Partners including American AirlinesMarriott International, and Whirlpool Corporation!

Explore the “Crossroad of the World” at this Luxurious Urban Oasis. Enjoy three nights at The Santa Maria Panama, a Luxury Collection Hotel as well as complimentary buffet breakfast for two at Mestizo Restaurant. This package includes 450,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles for your trip!

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy a Sophisticated Oasis on the Shores of the Pacific. Spend five nights at The W Punta de Mita as well as dinner for two at the Spice Market. This package also includes 450,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for your trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Aboard. We are glad to be your airline. Fly to these amazing destinations on American Airlines, PFLAG National’s long-standing partner and favorite airline.

Become an event sponsor: 

Looking for a way to do good and affirm your family or your organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion? Want to support and celebrate the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to bringing people who are LGBTQ, their families, and allies together to achieve equality for all? Looking for a fantastic reason to spend some time and see the sights in Washington DC this spring?

Then please consider sponsoring the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration this year. Contact PFLAG National's Corporate Development Manager, Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org, 202-684-9891) to learn more!

The PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration Sponsorship Levels

$25,000 - Presenting Sponsor - Includes 15 tickets, verbal recognition from podium, and much more!

$10,000 - Lead Sponsor - Includes 10 tickets, logo placement in printed and electronic materials, and more!

$5,000 - Best Friend Sponsor - Includes 6 tickets, logo placement in printed and electronic materials, and more!

$2,500 - Friend Sponsor - Includes 4 tickets, name listing in printed and electronic materials, and more!

$1,000 - Sponsor - Includes 2 tickets, ad in event slide show, and more!

Contact Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org) to learn more about sponsorship benefits at each level, make your pledge to the nation's oldest ally organization, and to help PFLAG National celebrate 45 amazing years dedicated to support, education and advocacy for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ. 

Just can't wait to show your support for a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression? You can also process your sponsorship for the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration online here: 

Become a Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Best Friend Sponsor

 

Friend Sponsor

Interested in becoming a PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration sponsor? Check out the "Become a Sponsor" tab, the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Pledge Form, or contact Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org) to learn more! 

PFLAG National would also like to thank our corporate partners who share our vision of diversity and inclusion and have joined us in our mission of advancing equality. 

Titanium

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Bronze

   
    
   
   

Interested in joining this distinguished list? To position your organization as a leader and work in partnership with PFLAG National, contact Elijah Perry (eperry@pflag.org).

If you are a member of the media and want to cover the PFLAG 45th Anniversary Celebration, please contact PFLAG National Director of Communications, Liz Owen by e-mailing lowen@pflag.org or calling (202) 467-8180 ext. 214. Please note that access to the event requires a pre-approved media pass.

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