The gala from the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce honors a longtime leader in the fight against HIV, as well as LGBT leaders in the city.
And not to end the evening when the program winds down, the fun moves to the recently refashioned Artmore Hotel on West Peachtree Street in Midtown for the official After Party offering discounted cocktails.
The black-tie optional event is built around a handful of awards recognizing the businessman and businesswoman of the year, member of the year and community ally. The chamber is also honoring Jesse Peel (photo), a psychiatrist and early leader in the fight against AIDS who helped start Positive Impact and was instrumental in the creation of the Atlanta Interfaith AIDS Network. Peel will receive the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP reception, silent auction and tour of the Aquarium. General admission begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $135 for VIP admission; $99 for general admission.
The full list of the nominees for the Community Awards Dinner:
Business Woman of the Year
Cleo Meyer, State Farm
Pam Schloemer, Schloemer Bookkeeping
Missy Sweet & Brenda Johnson, All Star Enterprises
Kathleen Womack, Attorney at Law
Member of the Year
Louis Gary, Ameriprise Financial
Jack Ingraham & Missy Miller, Spotlight Entertainment
Patty Perry, Red-Rhino Promotions
Dan Trzos, @ Work Benefit Company
Business Man of the Year
Matt Hennie, Project Q Atlanta
Marcus Jackson, Caliber Entertainment
Rick Kern, Mixit Marketing
JR St. Jean, Atlanta Trolley Tours
Ernst & Young
Hyatt of Atlanta
Linda Ellis, Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative
Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality
Kathy Kelly, MEGA Family Project
Chuck Obina & Chip Newton, Out & Equal Atlanta