The Center’s 22nd Annual Honorarium Recognizes Significant Contributors to the LGBTQ Community
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) will host its 22nd annual Honorarium Oct. 8, 2016 in The Chelsea, only at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser bestows honors upon the local LGBTQ community’s most dedicated and influential leaders, volunteers, allies and financial supporters.
- PERSON OF THE YEAR — MATTHEW FRAZIER
Matthew Frazier is a trustee of the John C. Kish Foundation and founder of The Social CirKISH Foundation. With classes held at The Center and other locations throughout the year, the Social CirKISH program promotes the physical and social development of under-served youth through the exploration and participation of circus performing arts. Frazier has a BA in history from Brigham Young University followed with a Juris Doctorate from The University of Utah College of Law. His passion for nonprofit work has led him to serve on the boards of UNLV, The Animal Foundation, The College of Southern Nevada, The Public Education Foundation and The President’s Advisory Council for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
- ALLIES OF THE YEAR — DANIEL AND ROBIN GREENSPUN
Daniel Greenspun is the founder and past chairman of Greenspun Media Group, which publishes a variety of titles including Las Vegas Magazine, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Inc. He is also the founder of Vegas.com and LasVegas.com. Currently, he is developing Cityledger.com, a Blockchain advertising business. Robin Greenspun has a long history as an arts advocate, once serving as treasurer for the Kennedy Center President’s Advisory Committee and most recently serving on The President’s Advisory Council of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. She recently received the 2016 Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year award from the Nevada Women’s Film Festival. Together, the Greenspuns own the internationally recognized CineVegas Film Festival. The philanthropic arm of their family, Greenspun Family Foundation, supports numerous local organizations and charitable causes such as Three Square, The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, Nathan Adelson Hospice and the Greenspun School of Urban Affairs at UNLV. Within the LGBTQ community, the Greenspuns are involved with the local Human Rights Campaign chapter and actively support The Center.
- CORPORATION OF THE YEAR — COX COMMUNICATIONS
Cox Communications is the nation’s third-largest cable company and leading provider of broadband communications to Las Vegas residents and businesses. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For eight years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications. Cox has ranked among DiversityInc‘s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 10 times, including the last nine years. Internet technology and cable television at The Center are supplied by Cox, and the provider’s charitable arm, Cox Charities, recently granted The Center $5,000 to use toward arts and culture programming.
- QMMUNITY ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR — MARGARET CHO
Beginning with her early days in Southern California, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a taboo topic, there are literally no subjects off limits. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and a tolerant teacher to those with open minds and open hearts. An accomplished performer in all formats, Cho has conquered the worlds of film, television, books, music and theatre. Having been nominated for three Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award, her comedy tours are a constant sell-out both in the U.S. and abroad. She’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (I’m The One That I Want and The Sensuous Woman) and her last stand-up, psyCHO, was filmed at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City. With so much success in her artistic life, Cho has never turned away from the causes that are important to her. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, advocating for the homeless and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication over the years with many accolades and awards. From her activism to her music to her stand up, Cho is honest, forthright, passionate, uproarious, raucous, bold and unyielding.
The Honorarium will begin at 5 p.m. in the Brera ballroom with a silent auction, delicious dinner stations and luscious libations before guests move to luxurious lounge seating inside The Chelsea. The main program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will involve guest speakers, video introductions, a rousing live auction, and the presentation of awards to the honorees.
“This will be my third personal experience at the Honorarium,” says Michael Dimengo, who became CEO of The Center in 2014. “In the past two years, I have been strikingly impressed by the outpouring of support and generosity by people who come together not only to honor our honorees but to support The Center. Each year, The Center depends upon the success of this event to fund its operations and its continued social impact within the LGBTQ and wider Southern Nevada community. Get ready for an outstanding event!”
Cabanas and enclaves for parties of 10 or 12, as well as individual tickets, are on sale now at www.thecenterlv.org/honorarium. Early bidding on silent auction items will begin at the same link as the Honorarium approaches. All proceeds from the Honorarium will go toward supporting The Center’s programs and services for the LGBTQ, allied and low- to moderate-income populations it serves, throughout the following year.
For the first time, The Center is introducing a special entertainment component after the conclusion of the Honorarium program. Comedienne Margaret Cho, who will receive the Qmmunity Advocate of the Year award earlier in the evening, will perform an exclusive stand-up comedy set beginning at 9:30. Guests of the Honorarium are invited to stay in their comfortable seats while the remainder of the venue fills with hundreds more who have purchased seats solely for the show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets for her performance start at $35 plus taxes and fees and will go on sale Sept. 10 at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/the-chelsea/margaret-cho. For VIP table reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-698-6797. Guests must be 21+ to reserve a table.
Person of the Year
Allies of the Year
Robin and Danny Greenspun
Corporation of the Year
Qmmunity Advocate of the Year