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      October 5, 2013

      Saturday   7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

      705 Front Street
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      Diversity Center's Fall Gala 2013 - A Magical Night at the Museum

      Celebrate and show your support for The Diversity Center and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) community of Santa Cruz County at the Diversity Center's Fall Gala 2013 - A Magical Night at the Museum! 

      Update: Over $2,000 in prizes to be raffled off to attendees!

      Still a few tickets and Texas Hold'em spots available, until we sell out. Don't miss out. 

      We have amazing prizes and auction items, including a week for two at Olivia's resort in Cancun, Mexico, a meet and greet with Margaret Cho, signature paintings by Chris Hogeland, Andrew Purchin, Hildy Bernstein, and Beth Shields, lunch with Kate Kendell of the NCLR, dinners, massages, stays at the Dream Inn, Paradox Hotel, Tahoe......  

      Spend the evening at the beautiful Museum of Art and History enjoying a sumptuous dinner, dancing, and playing exciting games of chance with the opportunity to win amazing prize packages. For the first time ever, bid on live auction items as well as the ever popular silent auction. See friends you haven't seen all year, catch up with what's going on in the Community and enjoy a wonderful event with friends.

      Come dressed to impress "Santa Cruz style" and prepare to have a fabulous time!


      There will be so many ways to enjoy the evening:

      • Dinner and dessert generously donated by Whole Foods of Santa Cruz
      • No-host full bar, with special wines provided by Soif 
      • DJ dancing 
      • Popular games of chance including blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas Hold 'em*
      • "Guilt-free" gaming at "loose" tables for a chance to win great prize packages
      • A generous amount of gaming chips provided with your entry ticket
      • Bidding on unique live and silent auction items
      • Intimate seating areas spread around the three stories of the museum, including a new Whole Foods bistro 
      • Museum galleries and the roof top terrace open
      • Magical interludes and extra prizes all night long
      • A lively and fun atmosphere with friends from all over Santa Cruz County and beyond  

      *Participation in the Texas Hold 'em tournament requires a separate fee in addition to the entrance ticket.  

       Look at the fabulous list of some of the prizes and items to bid on for this magical evening:


      A week's all inclusive stay at Olivia's resort in Cancun

      A romantic stay at the Hotel Paradox or the Dream Inn

      A $200 shopping spree at Pure Pleasure

      Tickets to the Santa Cruz Film Festival

      DVDs from Wolfe Video

      A Kayak trip for two with Blue Water Ventures

      Lunch with John Laird

      Lunch with NCLR's Kate Kendell

      Unique art pieces and jewelry by local artists

      Stays at vacation houses in Tahoe, Arnold, Camino and Santa Cruz

      A meet and greet with Margaret Cho, complete with two tickets for her Santa Cruz tour stop...

      And much, much more!

      This is the 7th year for our fall gala, and our second year at the MAH in downtown Santa Cruz. It's the Diversity Center's biggest party of the year, and it always sells out, so buy your tickets now. Thank you for your support of the Diversity Center

      Please thank and support our big sponsors and donors:

      Top Hat Sponsors:


      Andrew Purchin, Open Studios Artist



      What's new this year?

      Our annual party has always been a crowd pleaser, but this year's gala will be even more special. We've taken "Casino Night" out of the main title to let you know that this year's event will feature so much more than casino games. We'll have more time for dancing, more opportunities to win prizes, and magical surprises throughout the evening.  We will have a separate, quieter dining space, the Whole Foods bistro, and more spaces throughout the Museum to sit and catch up with friends throughout the evening. Whole Foods is generously providing a fabulous menu of dinner options and dessert, developed just for us. And we'll have a bigger and better silent auction and for the first time a live auction with amazing items. 


      Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

      Yes. You must be 21 to attend the event and ID will be required to purchase alcohol.


      What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

      There are several parking garages in the area (parking fees vary):

      Across the street at Cooper/Front

      Around the corner at Locust/Pacific

      Down the street at Front/Soquel

      Also, several bus stops on Front St.


      Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

      Contact Leslie Steiner at or call her at 831-425-5422 ext 109. 


      Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

      Yes.  If you are unable to attend or wish to purchase a ticket for someone else, feel free.  The attendee will simply need to have your name or a printed version of the ticket to present at registration


      Can I update my registration information?

      Yes. You may update your registration information up until 24 hours before the event


      Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

      No.  It will speed up the registration process but is not necessary.


      What is the refund policy?

      As this is a fundraising event, ticket sales are non-refundable. 


      The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

      Yes. Tickets are often purchased for other people.  Bring the printed ticket or have the name of the person who purchased it when you register.

      Will tickets be available at the door? 

      This event sells out every year, so we advise you to buy your tickets early. 


      How can I become a sponsor or donate an item as a prize or auction item? 

      We need sponsorships, prizes and auction items of all values to make this year's party the biggest fundraiser yet. Please consider becoming a sponsor or donating an item or gift certificate. We will acknowledge your donation in several ways. Contact Leslie Steiner at or call her at 831-425-5422 ext 109.

      How will the Diversity Center use the funds raised at this event? 

      The Diversity Center operates programs year-round for the LGBTQ community in and around Santa Cruz County. We provide social gatherings and support services and resources for teens, seniors, families, veterans, transgender people, the Latino community and schools. We provide services to over 6,000 individuals each year. The Diversity Center is a 501 c 3 charity. The Fall Gala is our biggest fundraiser party of the year, and all proceeds go to the Diversity Center. Thank you for your generous support of our valuable programs!!!

      Categories: Fundraising & Charity | Art Galleries & Exhibits | Museums & Attractions | Nightlife & Singles

      Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
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