TABLE CAPTAIN DUTIES
Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles strives to assemble a diverse group of Table Captains to fully represent the broad spectrum of greater Los Angeles communities in support of equality.
By pledging to use their best efforts to sell a full table of 10 seats, Los Angeles Table Captains ensure that the event is one of our largest and most successful fundraisers for the LGBTQ movement for equality.
There is no financial commitment to become a table captain. Through its Table Captain Sub-Committee, HRC Los Angeles provides resources and assistance to maximize the number of table captains who successfully fill their table.
TOOLS FOR TABLE CAPTAINS
Organizing a Table
Filling your table begins with extending your invitation. Invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or whomever else you feel may have an interest. The best invitation for your guests is a personal one. Invite them in person, by telephone, or e-mail. Use the sample ask letter below and either customize it to better match your tone and style; or send it as is. The most important thing is to extend the invitation.
Start Early! Don’t wait until the last minute. Calendars fill up quickly. Getting on schedules earlier gives you the highest likelihood of successfully filling your table. Even if they don’t buy the tickets right away, your potential guests will be aware of the dinner and of your desire to have them attend.
Why Guests Should Attend
Let your invitees know that this year is a vital one for LGBTQ equality. Given the powerful political, corporate, and individual relationships HRC has built over the years, it is uniquely positioned to influence legislation at the national, regional, and local levels. Marriage Equality, Workplace Equality, and Community Equality are all key HRC issues.
Attending the Dinner not only reinforces a strong sense of pride in our community, but also provides critical financial support for the HRC to continue its mission. Our Los Angeles dinner serves as a critical fundraiser for HRC.
Beyond making an impact on our future, the dinner is a fun and energizing evening. The silent auction has some wonderful items to bid on, including travel, artwork, and one of-a-kind experiences. The people at your table, and throughout the event, will be great company, and they’ll walk away from the evening knowing that they’re making an impact on LGBTQ equality.
How Your Guests Choose to Sit with You
Have your guests choose your name from the Table Captain pull-down menu in the “Check Out” section of Box Office Tickets when they are purchasing their tickets for the National Dinner. A seat is only reserved by purchasing a ticket for the Dinner.
Questions? Ready to Become a Table Captain?
If you have any questions about the Table Captain process, just contact our Table Captain Chair: Jessica Bair at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re ready to become a table captain, download this instruction form.
Sample Ask Letter/Email
I would like to invite you to participate in something not only important to me, but also important to our community; I have signed up to be a table captain for the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles 2017 Annual Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, March 18, 2017. If you’ve been to one of HRC’s dinners in the past, you know what a fun, inspiring, and empowering event it is, and I’m sure this year will also be great. As a table captain, I have committed to filling the 10 seats at the table, and would love to have you join us.
As you know, HRC is the country’s largest organization working for full equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans. The sweeping victories of pro-LGBTQ candidates in recent election cycles, incredible movement on gay rights within corporate America, and marriage equality becoming a reality in numerous states across the nation, are all successes HRC has fought for over the past few years. There is much more information available at HRC’s website, www.hrc.org. This Los Angeles Dinner is critical for raising funds to support this work.
Please join us. Tickets to the Los Angeles Dinner often sell out quickly, so please let me know as soon as possible if you’ll be able to join me. General Admission tickets are $295 per person. VIP tickets are $400 per person until 2/13/2016 and $450 beginning 2/14/2016. You can purchase them through www.hrcladinner.com or by calling Box Office Tickets at 800-494-8497. Please make sure to select me as your table captain during the check-out process either online or on the phone.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of our friends, families, and communities.