In the Fall of each year, Dignity/Los Angeles celebrates the anniversary of
its founding in 1969 as the very first chapter of Dignity. In 2011, the chapter's 42nd
Anniversary Dinner was held in the Oak Room of the Sportsmen's Ledge Events Center, Studio
City, California, on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Liz Larsen made the arrangements for
this year's event.
At the Anniversary Dinner each year, the chapter honors at least one individual with
its Archangel Award, for long-standing service to the chapter and the GLBTQ community. This
year, the Archangel was awarded to Frank Miller, as shown in one of the photos below.
At the Anniversary Dinner each year, the chapter also awards a cash grant to support
some worthy GLBTQ community cause. This year's grant was $1,000 to SPIN (Suicide Prevention
and Intervention Now), a project formed to be a resource to combat bullying, exclusion, and
anti-LGBT discrimination, as a part of Life Works, the program of Youth Services at the Gay
and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles. This grant from the chapter is the first ever received by
the Center specifically for the SPIN project; and present at the event to accept this grant on
behalf of the Center was its representative Jorge Mellado.
Featured entertainment at the event was Johnny Ace Palmer, World Champion
Magician. In addition, throughout the course of the evening, guests were invited to take
part in a traditional Silent Auction. It was very amply stocked, featuring four tables full
of assorted treasures, gift items, and dinner offers. That wide range of items on display
for bids made for some high-intensity browsing!
Below are some candid photos taken at the event: