Table Captains are the heart of the HRC Chicago Gala Dinners attendance. Each Table Captain strives to fill a table of 10, creating their own guest list and spending an inspirational evening surrounded with friends and family. You can even co-captain your table with a friend if you like. It is a great way to guarantee you are sitting with a table full of friends. As a “thank you” for helping to support the drive for equality, Table Captains are listed in mailed invitations, program books and night of event signage.
Table Captain Duties Table captains for the HRC Chicago Gala Dinner serve a critical role in the success of the event. By pledging to sell a full table of 10 seats, table captains ensure that the event is one of the largest and most successful fundraisers for the LGBT movement for equality. HRC also strives to assemble a diverse group of table captains in order to fully represent all communities in support of equality.
There is no financial commitment to become a table captain.
Tools for Table Captains
Organizing a Table Filling your table begins with extending the invitation. Invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or whoever else you feel may have an interest. The best invitation for your guests is a personal one. Invite them in person, by telephone, or e-mail. Use the sample ask letter below and either customize it to better match your tone and style or send it as is. The most important thing is to extend the invitation.
Start Early! Don’t wait until the last minute. People’s calendars fill up quickly. Getting on their schedules earlier will give you the highest likelihood of successfully filling your table. Even if they don’t buy the tickets right away, your potential guests will be aware of the Gala and of your desire to have them attend.
Why Guests Should Attend Let them know that this year is a vital one for LGBT equality. Given the powerful political, corporate and individual relationships HRC has built over the years, it is uniquely positioned to influence legislation at the national, regional and local levels. Workplace equality, marriage equality in both Illinois and throughout the country, and passing a fully inclusive employee non-discrimination bill are all key HRC issues.
Attending the Dinner not only reinforces a strong sense of pride in our community, but also provides critical financial support for the HRC to continue its mission. The event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for HRC.
Beyond making an impact on our future, the dinner is a fun and energizing evening. The silent auction has some wonderful items to bid on, including travel, artwork, and one of-a-kind experiences. The people at your table, and throughout the event, will be great company. And they’ll walk away from the evening knowing that they’re making an impact on LGBT equality.
How Your Guests Choose to Sit with You Have your guests choose your name from the Table Captain pull-down menu in the “check out” section of Box Office Tickets when they are purchasing their tickets for the HRC Chicago Gala. A seat is only reserved by purchasing a ticket for the Gala. Sample Ask Letter/Email Download a Word version here.