2016 Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 15th

6:00pm - 12:00am

Paradox Hotel, Santa Cruz

Click here to purchase your tickets today!

Purchased After-party tickets only? Arrive at 8:30PM to join the get down!


Join us for the Diversity Center’s Annual Gala, October 15, 2016 at the trendy Hotel Paradox. We have lots in store for a grand celebration and production that will be nothing less than spectacular! Come together, celebrate and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community of Santa Cruz at the Center’s biggest event of the year. This 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. Enjoy cocktails and conversation with friends and a plated dinner by Hotel Paradox Executive Chef Ross McKee. 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. Later, get ready for the scandalous Studio 54! themed After Party, including a drag show, special performance by Disco and Grammy Legend Yvonne Elliman – and a dance floor that’s gonna be burnin' up - shiny disco balls spinning and bell bottoms flying everywhere.  It's truly a night you don't want to miss!


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

· Plated Dinner and Dessert by Hotel Paradox Executive Chef Ross McKee

· Auctions for everyone – Checkout the high-energy live auction or browse plenty of silent auction items such as art, getaways, food and lots more. 

· Casino games include including blackjack, craps and roulette.

· Activities and plenty of photo opportunities

· Group VIP tables and individual tickets available

· Intimate as well as group table seating areas.

· Scandalous, off-the-hook after party!

Special Live Performances and a Drag Show

Smokin’ hot dance floor and DJ

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 a volunteer with excellent communication skills who can be our next Auction Assistant CoordinatorThe position's primary role is to ensure a smooth Gala Auction, maintaining the Gala Auction database, and holding strong communication with Gala Committees. 

Read the full volunteer job description by clicking here. 


Thank You To Our Generous Gala Sponsors And Donors:

For more information, contact Paige Rexrode 831-425-5422 ext. 110 or gala@diversitycenter.org