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Photos from the One Big Event 2016

 

 

The 14th One Big Event – Hip, Hot & Happening!

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, E.D. Linda Estabrook & Board President Joseph DeMaio.  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut 

Some things get better with age, and the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective’s One Big Event(OBE)  is a prime example.  Happy attendees gathered at the Connecticut Convention Center on October 15 to celebrate and support the Health Collective at our 14th fundraiser.  Folks enjoyed a busy evening of socializing, auction bidding, dining and dancing.  We put the gay in gala!  Everyone was a winner that night.

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M.C. Michael Wilson, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman & OBE Chair E. John McGarvey  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

Master of Ceremonies Michael Wilson, taking time off from his busy directing schedule, was the lively and entertaining host of the evening.  Many speakers, including Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health CollectiveExecutive Director Linda Estabrook, One Big Event Chair E. John McGarvey, Board President Joseph DeMaio and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gave their reason for being there.  They offered illuminating and impassioned testimony to the work of the Health Collective and the need for it to continue its mission.

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Sophisticated Ladies  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

You knew the tone of the evening right as you walked off the escalator and saw the life size figures of the OBE marketing theme.  Everyone was posing with them and having a lot of fun.  If they could sit, folks would have invited them to join their table.  Thanks Adams & Knight!  Between selfies with the cutouts and posing in front of the step and repeat display, some cell phones must have given out from so many great photos ops.  And why not?  It was a smart looking crowd from imperial drag queens to politicos to movers and shakers in our fair city.

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A Night Fit For A Queen (or Two!)  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

The the passion was not just at the podium.  Many were deeply involved with their bidding on auction items throughout the evening.  It was a full time job just keeping track of all the items that you wanted.  With over 200 items, there was something for everyone.  The evening ended with Shaded Soul Band making beautiful music.  The audience couldn’t help but get on the dance floor. 

 

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A Gentleman Always Dresses for the Occasion.  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

Great BIG thanks to all of our sponsors, especially our Biggest Sponsor, Aetna.  Also, our Seriously Big Sponsors: Adams & Knight, The Hartford Courant and Voya. And our Really, Really Big Sponsors: Macy’s, Nordstrom, TD Bank and Travelers.  We are also grateful to all our auction donors and program book advertisers.  And a loud shout out to everyone who came to One Big Event.  We love partying with you.  Thanks for the love and support.

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The Stars Were Out That Night  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

We look forward to seeing you in 2017 for our 15th celebration.  Watch out – you’re in for a great time!

 

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They Were Up for a Good Time and Ready for Anything  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

See all the fabulousness!  To view the photography gallery from One Big Event, email Tom@THPstudio.com and a link will be sent to you.  And because there was so much to photograph, you can also check out: http://www.courant.com/java/hc-pictures-one-big-event-gala-20161015-photogallery.html

 

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Stepping and Repeating  Photo: Thomas Hurlbut

 

We Will See You Next Year!

Thanks to Everyone Who Made One Big Event a Great Success!  We appreciate the Support and Commitment of our Sponsors, Program Book Advertisers, Auction Donors, Donors, Volunteers, and Attendees.  The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective is a Stronger Organization Because of Your Involvement.

THANK YOU!

About Us


HARTFORD GAY & LESBIAN HEALTH COLLECTIVE.  A BRIEF HISTORY:

Billy Porter-page-001“The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective empowers individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions to lead healthy lives through the provision of health and support services, education and advocacy.”

Founded in 1983 by volunteer health professionals and supporters and incorporated in 1986, The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective, Inc. (HGLHC), has become an organization with full and part-time staff and over 100 volunteers contributing thousands of hours annually.

Since its inception, the hallmark of the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective has been the provision of quality services by professional and highly skilled staff and volunteers in a safe and welcoming environment, free of judgmental attitudes or prejudice.

The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective currently provides medical services, dental services, support groups, and health education tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, but serves clients of all genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicities. The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective is especially proud of its services to people living with HIV/AIDS. We touch the lives of thousands of people every year.

HGLHC is and will continue to be an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and is proud to maintain a prominent presence at community meetings, events and other venues where issues of relevance to HGLHC’s constituency are discussed, decided or celebrated.

 

Emcee: Michael Wilson


OUR DEDICATED SPONSORS


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YOU can be the key to success.  Do your part as a One Big Event sponsor.  There is a role in this exciting project for you and your organization. We hope your company or organization will be a sponsor this year.  It takes a team effort to put on one of the best-loved fundraisers in Hartford.  We want you on the OBE team.  Please see the accompanying materials about sponsor benefits.  For more information, please contact OBE Coordinator, Dan Millett at (860)278-4163 x 118 or email danm@hglhc.org.

 

 

Our sponsor levels are as follows:  

BIGGEST: $15,000+ | SERIOUSLY BIG: $10,000-$14,999 | REALLY, REALLY BIG: $5,000-$9,999

REALLY BIG: $2,500-$4,999 |EVEN BIGGER: $1,500-$2,499 | BIGGER: $1,000-$1,4999

BIG: $500-$999

BIGGEST

 

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SERIOUSLY BIG

 

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REALLY, REALLY BIG

 

 

 

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REALLY BIG

 

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EVEN BIGGER

  • DEVARS-PHILLIPS FLORIST
  • PRUDENTIAL RETIREMENT 
  • ROB MATFESS & CO., P.C.

BIGGER

  • DUNCASTER RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
  • CHARLOTTE KINLOCK & ANNE STANBACK 
  • NUTMEG STATE FINANCIAL CREDIT UNION

BIG

  • AARP
  • ANTHEM BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD
  • CONNECTICARE
  • EBENEFITS GROUP
  • HARTE AUTO GROUP
  • HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTHCARE
  • JEFFREY & NANCY HOFFMAN
  • SHIPMAN & GOODWIN
  • THOMAS HURLBUT PHOTOGRAPHY
  • PROHEALTH PHYSICIANS

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Live | Silent Auction


The Live and Silent Auctions are significant parts of the One Big Event fundraiser.  We are pleased to announce our new One Big Event Auction Chair Persons, Richard Kimball and Antay Bilgutay.  If you have something for our Auction, please let us know.  It can be an item, a service or an experience that piques people’s interest and gets their credit cards out.  You can send us the item along with a completed Auction Donation Form.  It’s great exposure for you and your business and helps to support the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective.  What could be better?

Richard Kimball: rrkimballcpa@gmail.com         Antay Bilgutay: abilgutay@hartfordstage.org

Eat your heart our Hallmark!  Our signature fundraiser shines in any poem you care to showcase it in.  But seriously folks, we would love to see you at One Big Event this year.  And what other night offers so much to attendees?  Cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing.  Did I say it is an amazing time?  Not only that, but it supports a great cause:  funding the programs and services of the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective.  These have a positive impact on many in the greater Hartford community.  Do you have what it takes to be a One Big Event Table Captain?  Get your friends, family, neighbors and business associates together for a super evening out.  Just think how great it will be to have a group photo in front of the OBE Step and Repeat banner.  Bring on your star power!

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One Big Event Committee

  • E. John McGarvey, Chair
  • Antay Bilgutay
  • Linda Estabrook
  • Donna Gerard
  • Richard Kimball
  • Dan Millett

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One Big Event Host Committee

  • Ed Abdelnour & Michael Coppola
  • Adams & Knight
  • Aetna
  • Aetna – Bettina Armour and Donna Gerard
  • Aetna – Lisa Carrara & Colleen Rackley-Cuda
  • Aetna – Donna Gerard
  • Aetna – Floyd Green & Chris Montross
  • Robert Biddleman & Dan Sullivan
  • Antay Bilgutay & Paul Ditolla
  • Scott Brackett & Tom Carter
  • Kevin Chick & Evan Johnson
  • CLARO
  • Rick Conary & John Balf Morgan
  • Len Comeau
  • Jeff Currey
  • Joseph DeMaio
  • Kurtis Denison
  • Linda Estabrook
  • Hartford Courant
  • Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Martin Heft
  • Tuty Huerta & Jaclyn Lawrence
  • Richard Kimball
  • Bradley & Flint Kleinerman- Gehre
  • John McGarvey
  • Nancy Meyer & Melissa Macri
  • Adam & Alison Perrin
  • Stein Ramstad
  • Suzanne Shayer & Jennifer Tate
  • Mark Spencer & Jim McGarr
  • Van Horst General Contractors, LLC
  • Voya
  • David Wei

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One Big Event Honorary Host Committee

  • CHAIR: GOV. DANNEL MALLOY
  • US SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL
  • US CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSON
  • LT. GOV. NANCY WYMAN
  • STATE COMPTROLLER KEVIN LEMBO
  • CONNECTICUT SENATOR BETH BYE
  • CONNECTICUT SENATOR ERIC COLEMAN
  • STATE REPRESENTATIVE JEFF CURREY
  • STATE REPRESENTATIVE TONY GUERRERA
  • STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT RITTER
  • HONORABLE LUKE BRONIN
  • HARTFORD CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JULIO CONCEPCION