8th Anniversary Benefit Auction

Here are a few samples of the terrific items you'll have a chance to bid on at our 8th Anniversary Benefit silent auction:

Chris Kluwe

Stay above the beaten track at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:  A luxury resort with a fresh perspective -- overlooking the heart of the Strip.  This gift certificate is for a 2-night stay in a beautiful terrace studio room and dinner for two at Wicked Spoon or a $100 dining credit at the hotel.  Value $700.

Beauty & the BeastOwn a piece of Broadway history!  Famed set designer Stanley Meyer has donated one of his renowned works:  the original one-of-a-kind town drop artwork from Disney's Beauty & the Beast.  Stan's set was used in three versions of Disney's blockbuster, including the one that closed the show at the Lunt Fontanne theater.  Stan first created this image 20 years ago for the original Beaty production at the Palace Theater in 1993.  It has the plastic and grid that the scenic artists used in order to render the image full size.  There are three dates and Stan's signature in the lower right hand corner.  Stan will be present at the benefit and has offered to autograph and dedicate the work for the winning bidder. Value:  Priceless.


Chris Kluwe

Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe's writings about the freedom to marry have lifted him off the sports pages and into the national debate over the rights of LGBT people.  His outspoken support of the rights of LGBT people has made him a hero to many in our community.  Own this one-of-a-kind autographed football, signed by Chris specially for TLDEF's benefit and inscribed, "I support equal rights."  Value:  Priceless

Gay Ski Week Logo

2 week-long Black Diamond Passes and 4 one day lift tickets for Aspen Gay Ski Week 2014.  Aspen Gay Ski Week is a week long LGBT winter event located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains just hours from Denver by car and 45 minutes by plane into Aspen Airport. The week is filled with events including: daily ski and snowboard tours, après ski parties, dinners, comedy gala, film night, boutique & art walk, nightly parties, shopping, fitness classes, wine tastings, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, yoga & spa days… and much much more.  Value:  $1150.


Becoming Visible

Josh Lehrer has donated 3 remarkable framed prints from his Becoming Visible series of photographs of transgender teens.  From Josh's web site:  "New York’s fastest-growing homeless youth population consists of a surprising subset – transgender teenagers. Their backgrounds are diverse but their stories are startlingly similar....  Transgender teens remain silent and invisible on the fringes of society. I want to bring these kids out from the shadows by giving them a voice and a safe space to express their individuality.  I want to give them an identity and make the world see them for who and what they are."  Image is representative only.  Value $3,200 each.

Magic Kingdom

Fairytale dreams come true for children of all ages at Walt Disney World. Bid on four One-Day Park Hopper passes.  These passes provide admission to a magical experience at Disney World's unique theme parks: the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, or Disney's Animal Kingdom® for one day.  Value $496.

Snow White

Who is going to have the luckiest kids in the world when they return home from our benefit?  (Don't worry, we won't tell if you want it for yourself...).  Take home a limited edition, hand inked and lined Disney cel of The Wicked Queen from Snow White.  Limited to 350 pieces worldwide.  Matted and framed.  Value $3600.


For those who like their accessories feline, Cartier has you covered.  Cartier is famous for its panther motif and now they have added a tiger to the mix.  This decorative dish is made of beige porcelain with gold plating and a green tiger eye.  Value $450.

Ghetto Klown

Take home a poster, program and DVD of Ghetto Klown authographed by the hugely-talented John Leguizamo. Ghetto Klown is the next chapter in John’s hugely popular personal and professional story.  It follows in the unabashed, uncensored, and uninhibited tradition of his Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, Freak, and Sexaholix…a Love Story. “Irresistible. He appears to have the energy of a 12 year old who has just downed a Red Bull and a jumbo package of Twinkies.” - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

Astor Wines

Andy Fisher, President of Astor Wines/Astor Center, teaches the basics of wine tasting and food pairing in this hands-on, plain-language tasting class, The Elements of Wine. As you taste through a flight of incredible wines, Andy will draw on his 40 years of experience to help you understand them. By the end of this tasting, you will know what to look for in any wine, why certain wines work well with certain foods, and how to make any wine taste better by serving it correctly.  Value:  $158.

Buyer & Cellar
2 tickets to Buyer & Cellar.  An irresistible play from the most peculiar of fictitious premises — an underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu basement — allowing the playwright to ruminate with delicious wit and perspicacity on the solitude of celebrity, and the melancholy that lurks beneath narcissism. In the capable hands of the director Stephen Brackett and the wickedly charming actor Michael Urie, this seriously funny slice of absurdist whimsy creates the illusion of a stage filled with multiple people, all of them with their own droll point of view. -The New York Times.  Value:  $150. 

Astor Wines Kindle Fire HD 8.9" with Marware Vibe Standing Case.  Large 8.9" display has the highest resolution of any Kindle Fire, with rich color and deep contrast; ideal for movies, apps, and gaming.  Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, rich sound.  Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks. The most popular apps and games — Netflix, Pinterest, Pandora, Minecraft, Cut the Rope, and more.  Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi.  Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls.  Easy-to-use e-mail, calendar, and contacts for work or home, including Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, and more.  Value:  $305.

Glass House TavernDinner for 4 with 8th Anniversary Benefit honoree David Mixner at the Glass House Tavern.  Bring your friends and be prepared to hear some terrific stories from the legendary David Mixner.  Bring your appetite, too!  According to Zagat, there's "something for everyone" on the New American menu of this "cheery', "upscale" player in the Theatre Distrcit; "top-notch" service, a "spiffy" bi-level setting, "good value" and the chance for some "Broadway stargazing" make it worthy of an "encore."  Value:  Priceless.

Cock & Bull A gift certificate to the Cock & Bull.  Inspired by the finest Traditional British Taverns and Ale Houses of yore, at the Cock & Bull  we aspire to a simple maxim - EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY - all to your heart's content!  Our menu is influenced by the finest Gastropubs of Great Britain. Using the best local ingredients, Chef Mario Arnero creates his interpretation of classic British dishes such as Scotch Eggs, Fish & Chips and Beef & Ale Pie as well as signature dishes using the freshest seasonal produce.  Our bar program has 10 beers on tap, 2 British style cask Real Ales, a robust wine list, an extensive selection of wines by the glass and fun British themed cocktails.

And more on the way...!