2013 Pink & Purple Weekend
Pink & Purple Weekend a Big Success!
Pink & Purple Purple Weekend was a big success for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force this year in more ways than one.

Dusk, our women's event that anyone can attend, was a really fun party on Friday, May 3. About 125 people showed up on the Hotel Helix's outdoor patio to groove to the sounds of DC DJ Rosie. Attendees danced (and wobbled) until 1 am. We want to thank the very attentive staff at the Hotel Helix (a Kimpton property).

Immediately following/overlapping the event, the boys were dancing at Cobalt for Pink & Purple Party until the wee hours of the morning to DJ Brett Henrichsen's music.

On Sunday, May 5 at the Pink & Purple Recognition Awards Brunch, we had a slew of great speakers and honorees this year that gave way for a very exciting program! The event started with an hour of cocktails provided by 42Below and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and hors d'oeuvres. During her "Toast to the Movement" remarks, Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey spoke about the progress we've made in the last year and how far we have left to go. Task Force Board Member Pam David then joined Rea on stage to give special recognition to the Highlander Research and Education Center, which is celebrating 80 years in service this year.

During the brunch, Russell Roybal took charge as emcee and welcomed guests and thanked sponsors before turning it over to Board Co-Chair Liebe Gadinsky. Liebe gave Lee Rubin special recognition for his work on the board of directors for the Task Force.

Brian Johnson and Rea Carey presented the first of our Leadership Awards to Robert Raben. Robert's remarks centered on the importance of building the leaders of tomorrow, and he called upon those with privilege to stick with the movement and with the underprivileged and the minorities even after we attain marriage equality.

After a break for brunch, Russell pulled the winning raffle ticket for a gorgeous Grey Goose gift basket and then introduced Trina Olson. Trina told the audience personal stories from her time working in Maine and then called upon everyone in the room to donate. Thanks in part to Roger Thomson's $10,000 match, Trina raised over $37,000 for the Task Force!

Monique Hall, who chaired the steering committee this year, introduced and presented the Leadership Award to Jeffrey Wright. Jeffrey spoke on his role as an ally in LGBT justice and equality, and he also talked about his mentors and friends who died of HIV/AIDS and how that led him to his role in Angels in America.

A big thank you to our sponsors and hosts: Platinum Sponsor Comcast, Gold Sponsors AT&T, Communications Workers of America, DCI Group and The Art of Shaving, Silver Sponsors American Federation of Teachers, Brinker International, David Bohnett Foundation, Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg LLP, Lavender Caucus and Prudential Financial, Bronze Sponsors Avalon, Service Employees International Union and United Food and Commercial Workers and our beverage sponsors 42Below and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Our hosts: Judith Batty, Monique Hall, Brian A. Johnson, Eddy Morales & Hugh Harris, David M. Perez, Lee Rubin & Jim Walker, The Raben Group, Matt Thorn & Michael LeMasters.
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