by Donna Sachet
“The Human Rights Campaign and co-chairs Melissa Morgan and Densil R. R. Porteous II pulled out all the stops for their 26th Annual Dinner & Gala at the Fairmont Hotel on Sat. night. Few arrivals compare to pulling into the porte-cochere of the elegant Fairmont Hotel and sweeping into the richly appointed, cavernous lobby. We caught up with HRC President Joe Solmonese, City Treasurer Jose Cisneros, Juan Barajas, John Marez, Mark Rhoades, Joy Bianchi, Richard Morehead, Andrea Shorter, and Eric Hanson at the VIP reception and silent auction. We settled at our table in the Grand Ballroom for the dinner and awards in the company of Frank Woo, Pat Martel, Richard Sablatura, Janine Shiota, Linda Scaparotti, Bob Michitarian, Julius Turman, Sean Livingston, John Williams, and Craig Crawford. There were moving speeches from guests Meredith Baxter of NBC’s Family Ties and Mike Manning of MTV’s The Real World, and awards given to Scott Wiener, Ted Allen of Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Kimpton Hotels. Auctioneer Lenny Broberg used humor and panache to raise thousands in the live auction, and Cheer SF brought the evening to a rousing conclusion.”
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