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|HRC Atlanta bowls, dines for equality|
|by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|February 18, 2011 00:00|
The HRC Atlanta Steering Committee is gearing up for a busy season, with its popular Bowling for Equality set for Feb. 26 and ticket sales underway for the signature Atlanta HRC Dinner in May.
The Atlanta Steering Committee is the local affiliate of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group. The 11th annual Bowling for Equality features bowling in “waves” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. DJ Shane V will spin.
“The bowling event is first and foremost a fun event for every bowling level. We call it a tournament and certainly some teams get competitive with each other, but the majority of people to have a good time and support the work of HRC,” says Ed Patterson, spokesperson for the Atlanta Steering Committee.
“All will have a good time regardless of whether we are throwing gutter balls or strikes,” he added.
The Atlanta HRC Dinner, set for May 14 this year, is an annual black-tie fundraising dinner that is among the city’s largest gay events of the year. Known for high-profile celebrity guests, last year’s event drew a crowd of about 1,000 and raised approximately $300,000 for HRC’s national advocacy work.
Ticket sales are now underway, and organizers recently announced that this year’s dinner theme is “Our Stories.” Lead-up events to reinforce the theme will include a video contest, with the best videos shown at the dinner.
HRC’s Atlanta Federal Club, a group for higher level donors, also hosts a discussion of the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers on Thursday, Feb. 24. President Obama signed legislation passed by Congress that will repeal the ban if the president and military leaders agree that it won’t hurt military readiness.
“DADT: How We Did It, What’s Next” features HRC President Joe Solmonese and Ellen Kahn, HRC Family Project director, along with a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a video presentation. It will be held at the Marriott Marquis, which is also the site of the HRC Dinner.
Top photo: Bowling for Equality invites bowlers of all skill levels for an afternoon of fun and fundraising for HRC. (courtesy ProjectQAtlanta.com)
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