EqualityMaine's 2020 Live Virtual Gala & Online Auction

The 2020 GALA is going virtual (and it’s FREE)!

Each year, we come TOGETHER as a community to celebrate the progress we’ve made, while raising up how much we still have to do for each and every LGBTQ+ Mainer to be able to live their authentic life, free from discrimination, prejudice, bias and violence.

While we aren’t able to gather in person, we’re excited to bring this year’s Gala to you live at home!

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a fun, engaging, and inspiring evening - Together @ Home!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

5pm - Host Committee Pre-Gala Toast with Governor Mills
5:30pm - Live Red Carpet Pre-Show hosted by Klamz Kazino
6pm - Gala 2020 - Together @ Home!


  • Critical updates on our priorities for the year ahead

  • Celebration of our 2020 Honorees

  • Hosted by friends of EqualityMaine, Tommy Waltz and Thomas Smallwood

  • Special guests and entertainment by Viva & The Reinforcements

  • A fabulous online auction
    (Opens to public at noon on Wednesday, September 9/30; closes at noon on Monday, 10/5)

2020 Honorees

  • Cameron Duncan HIV/AIDS Activism Award
    Katie Rutherford
  • Partner for Equality Award
  • Out Front Leadership Awards
    Bryan Evans, Waterville
    René Goddess Johnson, Portland
    Dax Peters, Portland
    Shaunna Rai, Lewiston
    Kaylee Wolfe, Portland


  • Registration for the Gala is FREE to all!
  • Donations are sincerely appreciated.
  • All registrants will be given access to the online auction and receive a virtual care package to help enhance your Together @ Home Gala experience!
  •  CLICK HERE to register TODAY!

Host Committee Opportunities

By joining the Host Committee you are making a commitment to support EqualityMaine and have an enhanced Gala @ Home experience. Host Committee members will receive the following Gala benefits:

  • exclusive access to our virtual Host Committee Reception for a pre-Gala toast with Governor Janet Mills and other special guests
  • first access to the online auction
  • name recognition in pre-Gala materials, our digital program, and on-screen during the live event
  • a special Gala care package with snacks and goodies delivered to your home (for Bronze, Silver and Gold level Hosts)

Gold Host: $2,500
Silver Host: $1,000
Bronze Host: $500
Friend of Equality: $250

CLICK HERE to join the 2020 Gala Host Committee!

The Gala is our largest annual fundraiser and directly supports the EqualityMaine Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Host a Gala Watch Party

  • A Watch Party is a GREAT way to make your Gala experience even better! Invite friends and family in your social bubble to join you to watch the Gala….or consider hosting a virtual watch party over Zoom!
  • Register your Watch Party with us in advance because we’ll be spotlighting parties LIVE during the event!
  • Email Chris O’Connor at coconnor@equalitymaine.org to register your watch party today and we’ll help you make sure you have all the bases covered for a fun night!

Not able to attend?  Make a regrets donation today!

CLICK HERE to make a donation to support this year’s Gala!

Want to support the Gala by donating an item to the online auction?

CLICK HERE for information on how to donate!

Does your business or organization want to become a sponsor for the Gala?

Our virtual Gala will reach a broad segment of EqualityMaine supporters across the state and beyond. If your business or organization would like to support the event as a sponsor, please email our Development Director, Christopher O’Connor at coconnor@equalitymaine.org for more info.  Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1000.

Need more info?

Please contact Development Director, Christopher O’Connor, at coconnor@equalitymaine.org or 207-761-3732 x19.


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