- Lincoln Aston Public Service Award: Named for the San Diego developer and philanthropist whose murder led to the establishment of The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, the award honors a public figure who uses their celebrity to increase awareness of LGBT issues and encourage equality. In 2014, George Takei, actor and activist, received this award in recognition of the use of his humor and talent to advocate LGBT and human rights.
- Sunshine Brooks HIV/AIDS Advocacy Award: Honored for the memory and life of this generous philanthropist whose multimillion dollar legacy gift has benefitted HIV/AIDS charities in San Diego County for the last decade, the award recognizes an individual whose efforts have improved the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. In 2014, Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES Project and the AIDS Quilt, whose passionate messages have moved millions to action, received this award.
- The Richard Geyser Community Leadership Award: This award bears the name of the Founding President of the Board for San Diego Human Dignity Foundation who was also a champion for ethics in community service. In 2014, Maureen Steiner, board president of San Diego Lambda Archives, received this award in honor of her tireless efforts to document and store the history of the LGBT Community in San Diego, which has garnered national and international praise.
Each of the awards carry a $5,000 grant from The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation to the LGBT/HIV charity chosen by the award recipient. The charities selected will be announced at the Aston-Brooks Awards Gala on Nov. 7.
Proceeds benefit the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, one of the nation’s largest LGBT Community Foundations benefiting San Diego’s LGBT community for nearly 20 years. In 2015, the foundation has given more than $750,000 to 50 organizations, and is embarking on an ambitious fundraising initiative to transforming their newly acquired property at 4545 Park Blvd. into the San Diego LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center. The venue, which is home to Diversionary Theatre and San Diego Lambda Archives, will build community by offering a variety of programs delivering quality entertainment, educational opportunities and memorable moments that engage and inspire audiences, honor LGBT culture and history, respect diversity, nurture collaboration and drive economic vitality.
Aston-Brooks Awards Gala 2015
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Tickets are now available via http://www.sdhdf.org/news-events/aston-brooks-awards-gala-2015/ and are $175 each for Early Bird pricing and will be $225 each starting Monday, Oct. 26.Event sponsors include Scatena Daniels Communications. Sponsorships are available. Contact Janelle Hickey at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation for more information at Janelle@sdhdf.org.