The Atlanta HRC Dinner also presents two awards to local activists each year. For 2012, the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award goes to The Health Initiative, which recently broadened its focus and changed its name from the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative.
The Leon Allen & Winston Johnson Community Service Award will be presented to Rev. Phillip Thomason, who serves as minister of outreach and pastoral care at St. Mark United Methodist Church and has a long list of community involvement, including work with the Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network and other HIV organizations.
The dinner takes place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, beginning with the VIP reception at 5 p.m. The silent auction opens then for VIP and Federal Club members, and opens its doors to all attendees at 5:45 p.m. The dinner program begins at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets start at $75 for HRC Federal Club members, with general admission going for $200. Special $100 tickets are available to students, current military service members and parents attending with their children. Formal attire is encouraged, though the dinner website notes that business attire is also “welcome.”
The evening includes a performance during the dinner by Frenchie Davis, who gained fame on “American Idol” and “The Voice” and has performed at Pride celebrations around the country.
Popular Atlanta DJ Mike Pope spins for the after-party at the Hyatt immediately following the dinner.
Top photo: Actor Sean Hayes of “Will & Grace” fame (publicity photo)