HRC Dinner 2012

Washington, DC (October 17, 2012) – The Human Rights Campaign hosted their 16th annual National Dinner this past Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

HRC President Chad Griffin was joined by 3,000 attendees to hear from speakers like Newark Mayor Cory Booker and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black whose message was clear to vote Democratic this election. Over the course of the evening, the event raised roughly $400,000 through various live auction packages. Actress Sally Field was presented with the Ally for Equality Award for her strong support of her son.

Actress Sally Field receives HRC’s Ally For Equality Award. Photo by Judy Rolfe.

The event also hosted a generous silent auction with travel packages sponsored by Macy’s with many weekend getaways from Kimpton, Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, MGM Resorts, and local favorite the Madison Hotel. These hotels were also sponsors of the dinner.

These hotels all rate high on the Human Rights Campaign’ Corporate Equality Index, which is released each fall, and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Businesses rated 100% are recognized in our “Best Places to Work” list, and are invited to apply for the HRC Award for Workplace Equality Innovation. All consumer-oriented businesses are included in our “Buying for Equality” guide.

For 2012, only Hyatt, Kimpton, and Starwood received a score of 100 in the Hotels, Resorts and Casinos category.

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