EqualityMaine 35th Anniversary Gala & Auction

 2019 marks our 35th anniversary - a milestone that allows us to reflect on how far we’ve come, while raising up how much more we still have to do until every LGBTQ+ Mainer can live their authentic life, free from discrimination, prejudice, bias and violence. We could not have made it this far in the fight for full equality without the support of our community, so THANK YOU for standing with us! We will look back on the successes of our past and re-charge for the critical work that lays ahead.  And, we’ll celebrate the heroes in our community who are doing powerful work to improve the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ Mainers. We hope you will join us for what has become a feature event for Maine’s LGBTQ+ and allied community!

Saturday, April 6, 2019
5:30pm at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland

Special Guest: Governor Janet T. Mills

Hosted by: Christine O’Leary, Comedienne


  • Silent & Live Auction with over 200 items and special experiences. Click HERE to check out the over 200 items that have been donated for the Auctions!

  • Dinner and Awards Program

  • Music by Viva & The Reinforcements and DJ Foxy

  • A live performance by CastAside Productions 

  • Just Dance! The Official Gala After Party at the Portland House of Music
    with DJ Andrea Stamas and Lady Ginger! - Tickets available HERE!

  • ASL Interpretation

2019 Honorees

  • Great Pioneer Award
    Ian-Meredythe Lindsey, courageously challenged the state to add a non-binary gender marker on state-issued IDs and licenses
  • Larry Connolly Legislative Leadership Award
    The Honorable Joyce Maker, former State Senator from Calais who has been a consistent champion for LGTQ+ equality in the Republican party and state legislature
  • Alan Lindquist Young Leader Award
    Ev Norsworthy, sophomore at University of Maine Farmington who has demonstrated outstanding community leadership
  • Out Front Volunteer Leadership Awards
    Ian Jones, Westbrook
    Emily Mancini-Fitch, New Gloucester
    Brian McCarthy, Portland
    Charlotte Warren, Portland


  • Attendee - $100 per person (includes opening reception, dinner and after party)
    *Reduced-price tickets available upon request.
  • The Gala is currently sold out at 700 attendees! 

Host Committee Opportunities

Host Reception includes private meet and greet with special guests, open bar and passed hors d’ouevres.

  • Platinum Host - $5,000
    Includes 10 tickets (full table) to Gala & Host Reception, listing in Gala program
    Champagne service w/ dinner

  • Gold Host - $2,500
    Includes 6 tickets to Gala & Host Reception, listing in Gala program
    2 bottles of wine w/ dinner

  • Silver Host - $1,000
    Includes 4 tickets to Gala & Host Reception, listing in Gala program

  • Bronze Host - $500
    Includes 2 tickets to Gala & Host Reception, listing in Gala program

  • Friends of Equality
    -$300 (Two tickets to Gala, two drink tickets, and listing in program)
    -$150 (One ticket to Gala, one drink ticket, and listing in program)

  • The Gala is currently sold out at 700 attendees! 

Become a Table Captain

  • Become a table captain by purchasing at least 1 ticket and commit to recruiting a group of friends to join you.
    Each table can accommodate 10-12 seats total, including you.

The Gala is our largest annual fundraiser and directly supports the EqualityMaine Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Want to support the Gala by donating an item to the silent or live auction?

Click HERE for information on how to donate!

Does your business or organization want to become a sponsor for the Gala?

Sponsorhip packages are no longer available.  Please consider placing an ad in the program booklet.  

Want to increase the visibility of your business or organization with our guests?

Click HERE for information on how to advertise in the Gala program!

Need more info?

Please contact Development Director, Christopher O’Connor, at coconnor@equalitymaine.org or 207-761-3732 x19.


Advertise in the Program

Promote your business or organization or send a congratulatory message to an honoree in this year's Gala program booklet.
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