Each year, the success of the Los Angeles Dinner and Auction depends upon the efforts and enthusiasm of countless volunteers. We are especially grateful for the hard work and dedication of our 2018 Dinner Committee:

Eric Aufdengarten
Gwen Baba
Jessica Bair
Sandy Bass
Chris Boone

Earl Clarkston
Travis Dina-Pham
Richard Gagliano
Abdullah Hall
Nam Lam

Sue LaVaccare
Brian Lawrence
Thom Macias
Cody Martin
Todd Young

RISE and Join Us! 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:

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 Thom Macias at tablecaptains@hrcla.net)

Corporate Sponsorships: 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, Earl Clarkston, and Gwen Baba at corporate@hrcla.net)

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 Chairs: Eric Aufdengarten, Abdullah Hall, and Cody Martin at auction@hrcla.net)

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: Travis Pham at travis@hrcla.net)

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 sue@hrcla.net)

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, Brian Lawrence, and Todd Young at volunteer@hrcla.net)


To learn more, contact our Volunteer Chairs: Sandy Bass, Brian Lawrence, and Todd Young at volunteer@hrcla.net.

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