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Gala 2023


Friday, April 7
6:00 PM - Midnight

The San Diego Natural History Museum
For more information, call Jesse Marchese, Donor and Patron Services Manager at (619) 220-6830 *209 or
Lillian Faderman & Phyllis Irwin


Gala Co-Chairs
Jay Henslee, Karla Martinez, & Vincenzo Tarantino
Enchanted Circle Co-Chairs
P. Kay Coleman & Janice Montle
Hosted by the Incomparable Emcee
Alanna Darby
Board of Trustees
Russ Sperling
Allison Rossett
Vice President
Tom Abbas
Karla Martinez
Debbie Macdonald
Scott Williford
Melody Corvalán
Jay Henslee
Daniel Jáquez
Colleen Kendall
Matt M. Morrow
Nic Reveles
Catherine Hanna Schrock
Glenn Sipes
Mark Somers
Paula Tallal
Vincenzo Tarantino
Richard P. Trujillo
Alex Villafuerte

Fritz Klein Award Honorees:

Rockette Richardson Ewell

Vice President, California Region Manager, Community Affairs at U.S. Bank

Cindy Marten

United States Deputy Secretary of Education

Hosted by the Incomparable Emcee: Alanna Darby

As You Like It & TikTok star

Alanna Darby (she/her) is a transgender actor, singer, and writer. Recent credits include As You Like It at La Jolla Playhouse (co-production with Diversionary) and Dracula at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Regional theater: Arms and the Man, A Christmas Carol: On Air, Thanksgiving Play (A.C.T.), Imaginary Cuckold (Moliere in the Park), Treasure Island, Macbeth (Berkeley Repertory Theater), Stage Kiss (SF Playhouse). B.A. from USC and M.F.A. from ACT. She will next be seen in the upcoming season of Seasoned on Showtime and The Other Two on HBO Max.


Soar into a magical evening celebrating the the third oldest LGBTQIA+ theatre in the country! This high-energy party will include delicious dining, enchanting performances, and culminate with a dance party like no other in the main atrium of the Natural History Museum until midnight!

VIP Table: $3,500

Table of ten, VIP Reception, prime seating location, wine & champagne service
$1,500 tax deductible

Enchanted Circle Tickets: $500

Enjoy our VIP Reception, prime seating location, wine & champagne table service, a VIP Gift Bag, and special recognition in the Gala Program!
$300 tax deductible

Dinner & Dancing Tickets: $300

$100 tax deductible

Dancing Party Only Tickets: $50

Join the Rave from 9:00 PM to midnight with DJ Kinky Loops in the Main Atrium of the Natural History Museum and enjoy a cash bar, complimentary snacks, and prizes!

9:00 PM Entry.  Early Bird Pricing through March 24.  Regular-price: $75

Raffle Tickets: $25 each or 5 tickets for $100

Prizes include travel, getaways, and other exclusive items!

Sponsor an artist to attend: $200

per artist ticket

For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call Jesse Marchese, Donor and Patron Services Manager at (619) 220-6830 *209 or

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