EqualityMaine 36th Annual Award Gala & Auction

2020 EQME Gala Invite Cover


The tough decision has been made to postpone the 2020 Gala based upon the growing concerns around COVID-19.

In a press conference yesterday, Governor Mills and the Maine CDC strongly recommended the cancellation of large public events of 250+ people as one means to help limit the virus’s impact across the state. Ticket sales were extremely strong - we were anticipating 700+ people at the Gala - but the health and well-being of our community is critically important, so we made the final decision to postpone the Gala.

We are committed to making sure the Gala still happens. Planning will take some time, as we want to be sure that the virus has run its course and that it’s safe for folks to attend. Tickets will be honored for the new date once announced.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding during these stressful times! Most importantly, please stay safe and do all you can to keep yourself and those around you well.


We come TOGETHER each year as a community to celebrate the progress we’ve made, while raising up how much we still have to do for each and every LGBTQ+ Mainer to be able to live their authentic life, free from discrimination, prejudice, bias and violence.

This year, we’re excited to welcome our new guest hosts and make some fun and fresh changes to the program for the evening! There will be music, dinner and drinks, auction items galore, and quality time with friends, new and old!

We’ll look back on the achievements of the past year and elevate the critical work that lays ahead.  Finally, 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 premier event for Maine’s LGBTQ+ and allied community!

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland


  • New guest hosts, local favorites, Tommy Waltz and Thomas Smallwood

  • Silent & Live Auction with over 250 items and special experiences

  • Dinner and Awards Program

  • Live music by Viva & The Reinforcements

  • The official Gala After Party at the Portland House of Music
    with DJ Keith James (OGT) and performances by Chartreuse!

  • ASL Interpretation

    (Photo: Audra Hatch Photography)

2020 Honorees

  • Cameron Duncan HIV/AIDS Activism Award
    Katie Rutherford
  • Partner for Equality Award
  • Out Front Leadership Awards
    Bryan Evans, Waterville
    René Goddess Johnson, Portland
    Dax Peters, Portland
    Shaunna Rai, Lewiston
    Kaylee Wolfe, Portland

EQME Gala Promo CollageTickets

  • Attendee - $100 per person (includes opening reception, dinner and after party)
    *Reduced-price tickets available upon request; see below for email info
  • Tickets are now on sale!  CLICK HERE!

​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)

  • Tickets are now on sale!  CLICK HERE!

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.
  • Email Chris O’Connor at coconnor@equalitymaine.org to reserve your table today!
  • Tickets are now on sale!  CLICK HERE!

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.

Not able to attend?  Want to sponsor a ticket for a youth to attend?

Click HERE to make a donation to support this year’s Gala!

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?

Event sponsorship packages are available! Want to sponsor a table?  Click HERE for details.  

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.


Donate to the Silent and Live Auction

Help us raise funds by donating an item, service or special experience to the silent or live auctions

Sponsor this year's Gala!

Support this year's Gala by becoming an Event Sponsor. Packages include tickets to the Gala, advertising in the program, and promotion leading up to and at the event.

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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