$2 MILLION: Don’t Assume HRC Is The Only One Holding Elite Galas


All the gay organizations do it, even the grassroots-y ones. Like Equality California! On Saturday, Geoff Kors’ group hosted the Palm Springs Equality Awards, one of five statewide formal wear fundraisers that drum up cash for EQCA’s operating budget. This weekend’s event — which honored Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, actress Debra Messing, and the very anti-Prop 8 California Teachers Association — raised $2 million! That’s quite a feat, with just 400 guests attending, meaning each guest raised an average $5,000 each. Cheapest ticket? $250.