2018 Annual Awards Gala & Auction

Our strength is our community! It’s more important than ever that we stand together in solidarity to not only defend the rights that we’ve fought so hard to win, but continue moving forward to ensure that every LGBT person in Maine can JUST BE their authentic selves, living life free from discrimination, prejudice, bias and violence.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

5pm: VIP & Sponsor Reception
6pm: Silent Auction featuring over 200 items, Dinner, Live Musical Performances, Awards

ASL Interpreted

Special Guest Host: Christine O’Leary, Comedienne

Just Dance! The Gala After Party at the Portland House of Music with DJ Andrea Stamas and Gigi Gabor!

2018 Honorees

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Doug Kimmel, co-founder of SAGE USA and SAGE Maine
  • Partner for Equality Award
    Consumers for Affordable Health Care
  • FE Pentlarge Ally Award
    Timothy Atkinson, parent and Portland Board of Education member
  • Alan Lindquist Young Leader Award
    Victor Trepanier, senior at Cony High School in Augusta
  • Out Front Volunteer Leadership Awards
    Donna Ekart, Portland
    Jaycee Greeley, Smith College
    Lex Horwitz, Bowdoin College
    Michael Sweeney, Cape Elizabeth
    Matthew Wyman, UMaine Farmington

Individual Tickets

  • $95 per person includes opening reception, dinner and after party
    Reduced price and youth tickets available upon request.

Become a Table Host

  • Become a table host by purchasing at least 1 ticket and commit to recruiting 9 friends to join you.
    Each table can host 10 seats total, including you.
  • Click HERE to sign up to host a table!

Individual Sponsorship/Host Committee Opportunities

  • Diamond Patron - $5,000
    Includes 10 tickets to Gala & VIP Reception (open bar & early access to auction)
    2 bottles of champagne w/ dinner

  • Platinum Patron - $2,500
    Includes 6 tickets to Gala & VIP Reception (open bar & early access to auction)
    2 bottles of wine w/ dinner

  • Gold Patron - $1,000
    Includes 4 tickets to Gala & VIP Reception (open bar & early access to auction)

  • Silver Host - $500
    Includes 2 tickets to Gala & VIP Reception (open bar & early access to auction)

  • Bronze Host - $250
    Includes 2 tickets to Gala
  • Bronze Host - $125
    Includes 1 ticket to Gala     

*The Gala is our largest annual fundraiser and directly supports the EqualityMaine Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Click HERE for information on donating an item to the silent or live auction.

For more info, please contact Development Director, Chris O’Connor, at coconnor@equalitymaine.org or 207-761-3732 x19.


Purchase Tickets

This is the biggest night of the year! Last year's Gala sold out with 650 attendees so don't wait. You can also host a table of 10, sponsor a youth ticket or join the host committee!

Become a Sponsor

Your business or organization can make a difference by supporting the Gala! Sponsorship packages are available at a variety of levels and offer exposure to Gala attendees and the EQME community.

Advertise in the Program

Promote your business or organization or send a congratulatory message to an honoree in this year's Gala program booklet.
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