Join Us & Volunteer!


Join Us! Each year, the success of the Los Angeles Dinner and Auction depends upon the efforts and enthusiasm of countless volunteers. Depending on your area of interest or background, there are a variety of opportunities open each year on the Dinner Committee and its subcommittees. Each subcommittee is led by a chair or team of co-chairs to develop key aspects of the Dinner, including:

Ticket sales and table host recruitment | Silent Auction | Program book ad sales | Graphic Design | Corporate Sponsor Recruitment

Our Next Dinner Committee Meeting!
Saturday, October 13
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Los Angeles (Address Provided upon RSVP)
To RSVP, please email

Dinner Chair In-Training: Do you have a passion for events? This a great opportunity to help develop and plan the overall direction of our 2019 LA Dinner. Gain invaluable experience and exposure – working with and guided by our Dinner Co-Chairs, Dinner Advisers and HRC’s National Staff Partners. The role will also require the individual to take on some responsibilities in one of the other Dinner Subcommittees, i.e. Auction, Corporate Sponsorship, Marketing/Social Media, Program Book/Ad Sales, etc. To be considered, please submit a formal letter of interest and resume to our 2019 Dinner Co-Chairs:  Jessica BairNam Lam and Justin Mikita at

Community and Political Outreach: Our Community and Political Outreach team is our liaison to the greater Los Angeles area and political leaders, helping us publicize the event to our full community of stakeholders are in attendance. (Chair: Sue LaVaccare at

Corporate Sponsorship: The success of each Los Angeles Annual Dinner event is greatly attributable to the kind sponsorship of corporate America. Our local Corporate Sponsorship Sub-Committee reaches out to the local corporate community, along with HRC staff, to secure their support. (Corporate Sponsorship Chairs: Chris Boone and Gwen Baba at

Program Book: The Los Angeles Annual Dinner Event Program Book chronicles the night’s events and gives friends, local businesses, and corporations the opportunity to support the Dinner. The Program Sub-Committee solicits ads and helps to design the book. (Chair: TBD at

Silent Auction: The Silent Auction is an exciting part of our traditional dinner festivities that offers everything from vacations and unique experiences to one-of-a-kind art items, jewelry, and more. The Silent Auction Sub-Committee networks locally and nationally to secure items for the auction. (Silent Auction Subcommittee at

Table Captains: The foundation of the Dinner’s attendance is built around table captains who strive to fill tables of 10. The Table Captain Sub-Committee hosts events focused on securing table captains, developing their table attendance and acknowledging their commitment. (Table Captain Chairs: Jessica Bair and Valerie Milano at

Volunteer Management: HRC Los Angeles owes much of its event success to its volunteer force. The Volunteer Sub-Committee provides a pool of volunteers for pre-Dinner events and for the night of the Dinner itself. Volunteers on this sub-committee have the opportunity to attend the event and assist with: Ushering, Greeting, Assembling Gift Bags, and Administering the Silent Auction. Opportunities are available prior to the weekend of the Los Angeles dinner, as well as throughout the event weekend itself. (Chairs: Sandy Bass and Brian Lawrence at

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If you’re interested in volunteering or finding out more about each opportunity, please send an email with your introductory background information to one of our Volunteer Co-Chairs: Sandy Bass and Brian Lawrence at

We are especially grateful for the hard work and dedication of our 2018 Dinner Committee:

Eric Aufdengarten
Gwen Baba
Joshua Baca
Jessica Bair
Shawn Balentine
Sandy Bass
Chris Boone
Jeff Brumett
Earl Clarkston
Abdullah Hall
Lynn Hammond
David Lahti

Nam Lam
Brian Lawrence
Sue LaVaccare
Shaina Little
Cody Martin
Thom Macias
Vini Marques
Justin Mikita
Mark Moralez
Leslie O’Harrow
Kim Pettinato
Travis Pham

Binh Phan
Steve Reinisch
Ryan Sensenig
Sepi Shyne
Dan Slater
Steven Sorenson, MD
Paul Thompson
Bonnie Uphold
Jim Wen
Grayson Wixom
Todd Young

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