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Friends of The Center, We are thrilled to welcome you to The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach’s first annual Black & White Ball presented by Edison International. As you may know, this is the first gala The Center has hosted since 2008 and it is our pleasure to present you an evening of elegance, sophistication, and entertainment. We have an incredible evening planned with cocktails and live jazz courtesy of Rusty Johnson and friends, a beautiful dinner provided by The Grand Event Center, absolutely inspirational honorees, dancing with DJ Rosa, and even a sweet surprise or two. We are incredibly proud to honor three tremendous leaders in the LGBTQ community this evening. Tonight we celebrate Ross Mathews, State Senator Ricardo Lara, and Jewels not only because they are out and proud members of our fabulous LGBTQ community, but also because their dedication to improving lives and giving voice to those who are so often silenced is an inspiration to us all. To borrow a phrase from the indomitable Laverne Cox, our three honorees truly embody what it means to be “possibility models” for LGBTQ people; the actuality of being out, proud, successful, and highly respected while consistently advocating on behalf of our community. Many thanks for joining us tonight. By attending this gala, you are supporting an organization that serves 25,000 community members annually through direct services and cultural programs. All net proceeds from tonight’s event will help us to continue to serve the local community and to remain one of the most respected LGBTQ organizations in the County. Wishing you our best,

Porter Gilberg Executive Director

Ron Sylvester President & Chairman



Cocktails and Silent Auction Featuring Rusty Johnson and friends Welcome and Chairman’s Address Ron Sylvester Executive Director’s Address Porter Gilberg A Testimonial: Why The Center Matters Skyler Clarke

Dinner Musical Number Community Icon Award- Jewels Presented by Porter Gilberg Political Icon Award-State Senator Ricardo Lara Presented by Christina D. Rios Bennett, Esq. Celebrity Icon Award- Ross Mathews Presented by Ron Sylvester Closing Remarks Ron Sylvester Musical Number Dance the Night Away Featuring DJ Rosa

Our Mission Statement As the central core of the Greater Long Beach LGBTQ communities we offer assistance and provide education about emotional and physical health, housing, cultural and social activities, and legal and social justice. We advocate for the inclusion of all with no judgment or restrictions based on sexual orientation or gender identity.



Ron Sylvester President & Chairman

Porter Gilberg Executive Director

Christina D. Rios-Bennett, Esq. Vice President & Vice Chair

Matthew E. Cavanaugh, MBA, CPA, Esq. Chief Financial Officer

Ted Gottis Secretary Justin Boettcher David J. Fernandez Carrie Rickard, MD Israel Rodriguez Sylvia Rodemeyer Phyllis Schmidt GALA COMMITTEE Ron Sylvester Cass Campbell-Perez Pat Crosby Katherine Ford Mark Garcia Porter Gilberg Ted Gottis Keith Kennedy Israel Rodriguez Gina Smith

Ismael Morales Director of Health Services Kyle Bullock Youth Program Manager Deena Abuyounes Community Help Desk Specialist Natalie Altman Operations Manager Daniel Batalla HIV Testing Counselor Kerry Deeney, LCSW Senior Clinical Supervisor Jason Perez HIV Testing Counselor

The Black & White Ball would not have been possible without the generous support of our fabulous sponsors, our amazing table captains, and the tremendous support of our local community. Presenting sponsor

Silver Sponsor International City Bank

Gift Bag Sponsor Nick Chavez Beverly Hills

Table Captains Admiral Home Health AIDS Food Store Christina D. Rios Bennett & Ted Gottis Reba Birmingham & Stephanie Loftin Justin Boettcher & Sylvia Rodemeyer Downtown Long Beach Associates Porter Gilberg Hamburger Mary’s International Imperial Court of Long Beach Keith Kennedy & Peter Drazba Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

State Senator Ricardo Lara & Hon. David Vela Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club St. Mary Medical Center Foundation Ross Mathews Elisa McConnahea Marsha Naify Erik Orellana Denise Penn Pride Real Estate Professionals Dr. Carrie Rickard Israel Rodriguez Phyllis Schmidt Ron Sylvester

Thank Yous The Center would like to thank the following people and businesses for their generous support and assistance with the production of The Black & White Ball Allure Photo Images Box of Cheese Photo Booths Skyler Clarke Epic Productions

The Grand Event Center DJ Rosa Rusty Johnson & Friends Ellen Ward

Hot Java wishes to congratulate all of the volunteers and staff for another year of great service to our community.

Community Icon Award JEWELS For over 15 years, wildly popular entertainer and personality Jewels has been proud to call Long Beach her home. Jewels produces and hosts dozens of events, shows, and fundraisers throughout all of Southern California, but her heart belongs to Long Beach. Since the beginning, Jewels’ mission has always been to ensure that everyone who visits Long Beach feels welcome, loved, and entertained, and her enchanting work has not gone unnoticed. In 2008, Jewels was the cover girl on the District LB's Pride “Especially Gay Issue.” By 2011, Jewels was recognized by Councilmember Suja Lowenthal as a “Steward of the Second District.” Then, in 2012, Jewels had the distinct honor of being named one of LB Post’s “40 Under 40.” In 2013, Jewels was nominated as one of the top “Movers and Shakers” of Long Beach’s LGBT community, all of whom are featured in GetOutLB's “Out Faces LB” project. As 2013 dawned, Jewels was honored by the International Imperial Court of Long Beach, with the 2013 "Rick Ford Humanitarian Award" for her consistent dedication to charitable causes in the Southern California Region and also Crowned Empress of the International Imperial Court of Long Beach with an Honorary title. The Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride organization selected Jewels as their 30th anniversary Community Grand Marshal, an honor she truly enjoyed. In 2014 the awards keep coming. The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will hold a "Sainting Ceremony" for Jewels in March 2014, and Jewels has also been selected to be honored in the California State Capitol, Senate Chambers, by Senator Ricardo Lara in June of 2014. When she’s not hosting charity fundraisers (if you’ve never seen Jewels lead a parade of drag queens down Broadway on Easter Sunday to benefit St. Mary’s C.A.R.E. program, you haven’t really lived) or attending local community events all over Long Beach, you can find Jewels literally every night of the week at either Hamburger Mary’s or The World Famous Falcon. Jewels also produces events and clubs in West Hollywood, Orange County, and Palm Springs. Every Sunday morning her "Brunchette" troupe entertains sold out crowds in several cities, with an exuberant Drag Queen Brunch. Whether she’s hosting a show, performing her own routine, raising thousands of dollars for charity, or just laughing with friends, Long Beach can always count on Jewels to be there, brightening and enriching the city with her charm, wit, and love.



In November 2012, Ricardo Lara made history by becoming the first openly gay person of color in the California State Senate. Ricardo has risen through the ranks in his three years in office to become one of the most effective and influential members of the California State Legislature. In his first term in office in the Assembly, Ricardo succeeded in passing laws that have made government more accountable to working families by creating jobs, achieving educational equity, combating government corruption, protecting tax payers' money and eliminating regulations on businesses.

As an openly gay legislator, Ricardo has demonstrated an expertise and political tenacity that garnered him important appointments in the Assembly, including the Chairmanship of the powerful Joint Legislative Audit Committee where he worked to ensure the effective and efficient management of taxpayer money and programs. He spearheaded several historic audits, including performance audits of the Los Angeles Unified School District for negligence in managing and documenting child abuse claims and California public schools’ implementation of anti-bullying and harassment laws. Ricardo successfully passed a California Legislative Joint Resolution calling for a national LGBTQ Bill of Rights. He is a founding board member of HONOR PAC, a non-partisan committee established to support candidates that are committed to the empowerment of the LGBT Latino community. Ricardo is profiled in the 2012 Advocate Magazine’s “40 under 40” edition. Ricardo was also elected by a super majority as Chairman of the 23 member Latino Legislative Caucus and created the Select Committee on Financial Empowerment, and the Latino Caucus Select Committee on LGBT Latinos while in the Assembly. In his time as Chairman, he has grown the Caucus to 26 legislators. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and is a part of the powerful committee on Senate Rules. He also sits on Senate Appropriations, Transportation and Housing, Education, Labor and Industrial Relations, Natural Resources and Water.

Celebrity Icon Award ROSS MATHEWS


Since 2001, Ross Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in- demand television personalities and entertainment correspondents in the pop-culture arena today. Endearing and witty, undeniably funny and one of the hardest working people in show business, Mathews has won the hearts of millions of Americans since his television debut -- as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Mathews can currently be seen hosting the smash hit, talk show “Hello Ross,” for E!, which debuted season 2 February 21, 2014.

Mathews was also recently nominated for a 2014 People’s Choice Award, for “Favorite New Talk Show Host.” In 2013, Mathews released his first book, Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence [Grand Central Publishing] which quickly became a national bestseller. With an introduction written by Gwyneth Paltrow, and afterword from Chelsea Handler, Man Up takes readers inside Mathews’ personal journey as a super fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small town life and big city adventures, and how he managed to turn an obsession with pop culture into one on one interactions with celebrities like Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, and Michelle Kwan [to name a few] without ever having a single restraining order issued against him. In addition to Man Up and “Hello Ross,” Mathews can be seen as a regular panelist and occasional guest host on E!’s late-night talk show “Chelsea Lately,” and is a fixture on E! News and E! Network’s live red carpet awards show coverage. Mathews currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner Salvador, and their two rescue dogs Louise and Mijo. When not working on his many projects, Mathews is a strong supporter of the Human Rights Campaign- speaking at many of their nationwide events and he received their Visibility Award in 2011.

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