The Diversity Center's 2019 Gala

Saturday, October 12th

6:00pm - 12:00am

Afterparty @ 8:30 pm

Paradox Hotel, Santa Cruz


Join us for the Diversity Center’s Annual Gala, October 12, 2019 at the stellar Hotel Paradox. This is our annual fundraiser to support ensuring our programs are free for our LGBTQ+ community. We have lots in store for a grand production that will be nothing less than spectacular! Come together, celebrate and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community of Santa Cruz County at the Center’s biggest event of the year! Our gala is also an opportunity to learn about the many programs that we offer, share ideas, and engage with staff, volunteers and the board.

There’s non-stop excitement and fun from the moment you arrive until the end of the night! Enjoy cocktails and conversation with friends and a plated dinner by Hotel Paradox Executive Chef Scott Radek. Check out the high-energy live auction, or try your luck in the casino. The prizes are fantastic, the entertainment is top-notch and you’ll find photo ops at every turn. Get ready for a Cosmic themed After Party that will be OUT OF THIS WORLD!

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We’ve packed a lot into one fun-filled evening for you!

  • Grab a drink at the Mos Eisley Cantina

  • Enjoy a plated Dinner and Dessert by Hotel Paradox Executive Chef Scott Radek

  • Check out the silent and live auctions — art, getaways, food, and lots more

  • Try your luck at the Astro Casino

  • Activities and plenty of photo opportunities

  • VIP tables and individual tickets available

  • Don’t miss the legendary After Party with the Jetson’s Drag Show

  • Live performances by pop powerhouse Dev and the groundbreaking duo from “The Voice” OneUp

  • Party On -  DJ Athonia will be spinnin' for the sexiest dance floor in the galaxy!

volunteer for our Biggest Event Of The Year!

Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift!

Be a part of the behind-the-scenes crew that makes the Diversity Center's annual Gala an exciting and memorable event! 

We are currently looking for 50+ volunteers. Get FREE access to the after party, and help us with our biggest fundraiser of the year which supports all our programs. Roles include registration, back stage security, set up and much more.

Read the full volunteer job description by clicking here.


Thank You To Our Generous Leadership Circle Sponsors!

We Couldn’t Do This Work Without Our Community Sponsors!

Tammi Blake

Ceil Cirillo

Gail Pellerin

Martine watkins

The Wedeen Hammer Group at Morgan Stanley

Sponsorships are now available!

Sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000.
We depend on the support of our friends and allies in the business community who help make Santa Cruz County a wonderful place to live and work for the LGBTQ+ community.

Join us by contacting:
Deanna Zachary,Development and Community Relations Director  
831-425-5422 ext. 107


For more information, contact Aisha Charves at