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HRC Dinner returns for seventh year
HRC Dinner returns for seventh year
Yolanda King, Ron Reagan, Jr. to be featured

by Robert Raketty - SGN Staff Writer

The Human Rights Campaign's Pacific Northwest Dinner returns for its seventh year in Seattle on Saturday, September 16, at The Westin Hotel. The event attracts more than 1,000 guests and raises money to support the work of HRC.

The event features a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, a full-course meal and live entertainment. This years theme is, "Revolution: It's about time."

The keynote speaker is Yolanda King, the first-born daughter of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ron Reagan, Jr., the son of the late former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, will be a featured guest. Reagan is a political commentator for MSNBC and a talk show host on 710 KIRO Radio.

The past two years' dinners have raised half a million dollars for HRC. High-profile speakers, such as President Bill Clinton, Film Director John Waters and Comedienne Lilly Tomlin have spoken at past events.

This year, HRC will also honor the late Cal Anderson with its Equality Award. Anderson was the first openly Gay legislator in the State of Washington. He was initially appointed in 1987 to the State House to represent the 43rd District, then was later re-elected. In 1994, he won a seate in the State Senate. His partner of 10 years, Eric Ishino, and Anderson's mother, Alice Coleman, will accept the award on his behalf.

PFLAG, Equal Rights Washington and the Center for LGBT Health will be recognized during the Community Spotlight portion of the program.

Dinner tickets are $75 for HRC's Federal Club members, $200 for general admission and $150 for seniors and students. To order tickets, call 1-800-494-TIXS or visit, www.hrcseattle.org/dinner.

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