Past Dinners

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2013 HRC National Dinner on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Information about past dinners is below.
 

2014 National Dinner

Date: October 25, 2014
Co-Chairs: June Crenshaw & Jason Laney
Theme: Evolve
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Keynote Address: President Bill Clinton
Featured Speakers: Eric Holder, Yeardley Smith, Gena Rocero & Blossom Dupree
HRC Speaker: Chad Griffin
Entertainment: Jennifer Hudson
National Equality Award: Introduction by Andrew Young, Recipients David Furnish and Sir Elton John

2013 National Dinner

Date: October 5, 2013
Co-Chairs: June Crenshaw & Jason Laney
Theme: Engage: Join the Momentum
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Featured Speakers: President Barack Obama (on behalf of Vice President Joe Biden)
HRC Speaker: Chad Griffin
Entertainment: Sara Bareilles
HRC Ally for Equality Award: Introductions by Teri Polo, Sherri Saum and Gloria Steinem, Recipient Jennifer Lopez
National Equality Award: Introduction by Julian Bond, Recipients Roberta Kaplan, Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, David Boies and Ted Olson

 

2012 National Dinner

Date: October 6, 2012
Co-Chairs: Alex Ernst & Ashley Smith
Theme: Make Equality Count
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Keynote Address: Mayor Cory Booker
Featured Speakers: Dustin Lance Black
HRC Speaker: Chad Griffin
Entertainment: Cirque Du Soleil
HRC Ally for Equality Award: Sally Field
National Equality Award: NAACP and its president, Ben Jealous

 

2011 National Dinner

Date: October 1, 2011
Co-Chairs: Alex Ernst & Ashley Smith
Theme: Be Part of Equality
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Keynote Address: President Barack Obama
Featured Speakers: Representative Tammy Baldwin, Betty DeGeneres
HRC Speaker: Joe Solmonese
Entertainment: Cyndi Lauper, Greyson Chance
HRC Ally for Equality Award: Introduction by Sarah Jessica Parker, Recipient Michael Bloomberg
After Party Entertainment: MIKA


2010 National Dinner

Date: October 9, 2010
Co-Chairs: Marjorie Chorlins and Kirkland Hamill
Theme: No Excuses
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Keynote Address: Valerie Jarrett
HRC Speaker: Joe Solmonese
Special Guest: Ricky Martin
HRC Visibility Award: Introduction by Mo’nique, Recipient Lee Daniels
HRC Ally for Equality Award: Introduction by Bette Midler, Recipient P!NK
HRC National Arts & Culture Award: Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sophia Vergara from the cast of Modern Family


2009 National Dinner

Date: October 10, 2009
Co-Chairs: Anna Prow and Tucker Gallagher
Theme: Speak the Truth
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
HRC Speaker: Joe Solmonese
Keynote Address: President Barack Obama
Edward M. Kennedy National Leadership Award: Tribute video to Dennis & Judy Shepard; Tribute video for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy; Introduction by Rep. Patrick Kennedy; Dennis & Judy Shepard received the award
Performance by Gavin Creel, two-time TONY Nominee, star in the Broadway revival of Hair
Special appearances by Lady Gaga, GLEE cast members Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley


2008 National Dinner

Date: October 4, 2008
Co-Chairs: Janet Carter and Jackson Palmer
Theme: Time to Win
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
National Equality Award: Suze Orman
Featured Speaker: Sen. Hillary Clinton (on behalf of Sen. Joe Biden)
Leadership Award: Bruce Bastian
Legacy Award: Watch the introduction, then watch Terry Bean
Special Performance: Jennifer Holliday
After-Party Entertainment: Crystal Waters
HRC Speaker: Joe Solmonese