Photos from the One Big Event 2016
The 14th One Big Event – Hip, Hot & Happening!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Stepping and Repeating Photo: Thomas Hurlbut