The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is proud to present The Black and White Ball ; A Community Celebration, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at The Grand Event Center at 6:00pm. The event is The Center’s signature gala, presenting guests with an evening of elegance and sophistication in the spirit of celebrating the community’s many accomplishments.
“This will be our first gala event since 2008”, said says Ron Sylvester, President and Chairman of The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach. “We are excited to bring the community back together at an event like this for a great night of celebration in support of our Center.”
The evening will include live entertainment, dinner, dancing, silent auction and three Center Icon Awards. The Center will honor the host of E!’s hit television series “Hello Ross” and national bestselling author Ross Mathews with its 2014 Celebrity Icon Award, for his role model status as a nationally recognized out gay man and LGBTQ advocate.
According to Sylvester, “Ross has been true to himself since his very first television appearance. We chose Ross because of the great empowering message he sends to kids today that you can become very successful without ever compromising who you are”.
The Political Icon Award will be presented to State Senator Ricardo Lara for his years of advocacy for LGBTQ rights in the California State Assembly and more recently in the State Senate. The Community Icon Award will be awarded to the popular entertainer and personality JEWELS, for her tireless dedication to charitable causes in Long Beach and all over Southern California.
Proceeds from the Black and White Ball will support the many programs and services of The Center which is the largest publically supported LGBTQ direct services organization in greater Long Beach, serving and estimated 25,000 clients per year.
Tickets to the event are $125 each and are available now on The Center’s website, www.centerlb.org or in person at the front desk of The Center at 2017 East 4th Street in Long Beach.