Save the Dates: Autumn Marks Start of Fundraiser Season

VIP's at the 2015 HRC San Antonio Gala and Silent Auction. (Photos by Julian P. Ledezma)

Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of fundraising season in San Antonio’s LGBT community. While fundraising goes on year-round, the fall and winter are when many local nonprofits schedule signature events.

The first weekend of fall promises to be a busy one with banquets slated on three consecutive days.

On September 23, the BEAT AIDS Coalition Trust will host  it’s 2016 Annual Fundraising Banquet at the Airport Hilton featuring keynote speaker Gina Brown.

The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio are busy preparing for their Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, September 24 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel. Keynote speaker for the event is transgender activist Lou Weaver.

This year, Equality Texas has moved its annual Spirit of Texas Brunch from early spring to Sunday, September 25 at the Rosenberg Sky Room. Awards will be presented to State Senator Jose R. Rodriguez, Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye and Google.

The biggest, fanciest and priciest bash of the year is the Human Rights Campaign’s annual black tie soirée, the San Antonio Gala and Silent Auction, which this year will be held downtown at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on November 5.

Missing from this year’s calendar is the San Antonio AIDS Foundation’s annual Webb Party which was an official Fiesta San Antonio event but which organizers said would become a Halloween celebration. In an email to Out In SA, Ken Slavin, VP of communications for SAAF, wrote, “There will not be one this year. The event will happen in 2017. We are in the process of looking at potential dates and determining other details, with the hope of sharing an update with the community in the near future.”

Tonya Pacetti Perkins, Anel Flores and Naomi Brown at the 2015 Equality Texas Spirit of Texas Brunch.

Tonya Pacetti-Perkins, Anel Flores and Naomi Brown at the 2015 Equality Texas Spirit of Texas Brunch.

Save the dates! — A random list of upcoming events.

September 23, 2016
Out in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Presented by Rey Lopez. Tickets are $45.99 pre-sale, $50.99 on the day of the event. Click here to purchase.

September 23, 2016
BEAT AIDS Annual Fundraising Banquet at the Airport Hilton. Tickets are $60. Use this link for tickets and information.

September 24, 2016
Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio Awards Banquet at Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel. Admission is $80 before September 15 and $100 afterward. Tickets available via Act Blue.

September 25, 2016
Equality Texas Spirit of Texas Brunch at the Rosenberg Sky Room. Early bird general admission is $110. Early bird VIP admission is $135. Early bird tickets available through September 5. Use this link for more information, tickets or questions about sponsorship.

October 13-16, 2016
Pride SA QFest Film Festival. Celebrating queer cinema in a multicultural world. Information at this link.

October 14 -16, 2016
Alamo City Bear Fest. San Antonio’s premier bear gathering. Information and reservations at this link.

October 15, 2016
Third Annual Fiesta Youth Halloween Hocus Pocus at Arbor House Inn and Suites. Tickets are $40. Purchase at this link.

October 22, 2016
Pride SA Rainboo 5k Run at Woodlawn Lake Park. Check out the Facebook page for information.

October 23, 2016
Pride Families Fall Festival & Trunk-Or-Treat. Use this link for information.

November 5, 2016
HRC Gala and Silent Auction. General admission is $202.25. VIP admission $252.25. Use this link for more information and to purchase tickets.

November 12, 2016
Dignity Fall Ball. Call 210-340-2230 for tickets and information.

November 25 – 27, 2016
Mercado de Paz/Peace Market. Extended to three days this year. Check out the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center website for info.

December 31, 2016
Pride Center New Year’s Eve Kiki. No location announced as yet. Use this link to request info.

February 2, 2017
MCC SA Love’s Day Dinner and Dance. Call (210) 472-3597 for tickets and information.

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