by Louise Chernin, President & CEO
| Nov 22, 2017
EQUALUX: The TASTE of GSBA
is about a community coming together for its own. How thrilling it was to see over 900 guests enjoying each other's company, wonderful food, incredible wines, outstanding entertainment; and giving so generously to the GSBA Scholarship Fund.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Scholarship Steering Committee, and staff of GSBA, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks for your support of the GSBA Scholarship Fund
Over $950,000 was raised to provide education, hope, and a better future for LGBTQ and allied students!
We are grateful for the generosity of our guests, volunteers, and local businesses for making this event a success. The GSBA Scholarship Fund cannot continue - or grow - its impact within the community through scholarships and leadership development without your support.
Over the last year, your generosity has achieved so much. Your participation and gifts have allowed the GSBA Scholarship Fund to make a four-year commitment to our scholars and launch our first-ever leadership program, the GSBA Leadership Academy. We are overwhelmed by your commitment to our current and future Scholars!
At this year's gala 1995 Scholar Chris Kuhel
shared with you the impact the GSBA Scholarship Fund had on his life - so much so that he has returned to GSBA as a volunteer and donor. YOU made this possible! Chris is living the mission of the fund and has become a leader within our community. Because of you this continues to be the norm among our scholars. Following his story of resilience, we were astounded by the flood gates of generosity opened by the Florence & WM Beeks Foundation
with their $25,000 donation. From there, the magic spread, with truly inspiring gifts from Glenn Johnson & Michael Melancon
, Meade Thayer
, and Michael Copeland
... resulting in $400,000
being raised during the Fund-A-Scholar portion of the evening.
There are so many thank yous to be given for making EQUALUX such a great success. To begin, let's thank Jennifer Hopper and Jennifer Moran, our dream Co-Chairs who provided leadership and vision for EQUALUX; our incredible Board of Directors, led by Drew Ness; Scholarship Chair, Carrie Carson; the GSBA Staff - especially Carlos Chavez our Programs & Events Manager and Mark Rosén our VP of Development & External Relationships; and over 120 event volunteers!
During dinner, one lucky table was treated to a gourmet meal by celebrity chefs Tamara Murphy (Terra Plata), Sheena Eliz (Anar & Mbar), Leslie Mackie (Macrina Bakery & Cafe), and Shota Nakajima (Adana). Once again our amazing auctioneer, Laura Michalek, and the delightful emcee, John Fisher, kept us engaged and bidding.
EQUALUX: The TASTE of GSBA would not be possible without you, our guests, and our wonderful sponsors. A heartfelt thanks to our Title Sponsor
: 1st Security Bank; our Presenting Sponsor
: Comcast NBC Universal and our 2017 Voice of Scholarship
: Interchange Media, and of course our Annual and Event Sponsors
. And, what would EQUALUX be without our wonderful restaurant, catering, and wine sponsors
: Adrice Wines, Aluel Cellars, Barrage Cellars, Bartholomew Winery, Browne Family Vineyards, Caprio Cellars, Damsel Cellars, Elsom Cellars, Fidelitas Wines, Goose Ridge Vineyards & Estate, Gorman Winery, Gruet, Guardian Cellars, Kerloo Cellars, Latta Wines, Laurelhurst Cellars, Mark Ryan Winery, Market Vineyards, Nine Hats Wines, Nota Bene Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Rotie Cellars, Structure Wines, Tranche Cellars, Va Piano Vineyards, 13 Coins Restaurant, Barrio - Mexican Kitchen + Bar, The Hi-Life, Honest Biscuits, Madres Kitchen, Rhein Haus Restaurant, Bocce Haus, & Bier Hall, Tankard & Tun Restaurant, and Taylor Shellfish Farms!
We will continue to build on the year's successes with the support of our community with a re-energized commitment to supporting our next generation of scholars. There's so much more we can accomplish if we do it together - the need within our community for leaders is great!
Because of all of you, our Scholars have the hope and support they need to become the next generation of leaders.
Truly an evening for which to be thankful.
If you were not at EQUALUX, there is still time to be part of the magic of giving. We invite you to make a year-end gift to your GSBA Scholarship Fund here
If you would like to make your mark on the 2018 scholarship cycle, please consider giving the gift of time as a scholarship interviewer
Visit the EQUALUX photo gallery
to see if employer has a matching gifts program.