2013 Gala - Momentum

Delicious, stylish, unadulterated luxury in the company of kindred spirits. What could be better than that? Add, “all in a good cause: changing the world one cubicle at a time” and you have it: Momentum, Out & Equal’s annual fundraising party.

This year, we invite you to a cocktail reception followed by a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. Imagine: It’s a gorgeous Spring evening – Thursday April 25 – the end of the work week is just around the corner and the golden sun is shining on the private terrace as you mix and mingle with your friends, colleagues, celebrities and make a difference. Vacations to dreamy destinations both near and far, fabulous wines, and elegant evenings at the top restaurants and theatres call to you as you glide through the silent auction vestibule en route to your sumptuous dinner in the ballroom. Regaled by our celebrity host you dine like a King (or Queen!) as the crescendo builds. Once in a lifetime experiences, interspersed with items fun and sublime, are claimed by you and your friends with smiles and laughter. Then, a hush and the first beautiful notes of a song descend as if from the air, heroes of our movement are honored and it all falls into place.

Yes, that’s what’s in store for you. Every year, this event just keeps getting better and now it’s time for the Big Kahuna.

Located in the heart of San Francisco, on Market Street, equal distance between Montgomery and Powell Street, the Four Seasons is the jewel in the crown of San Francisco’s luxury hotel community. Renowned for elegant, authentic surroundings, the staff and management are dedicated to a culture of service and reliability of the highest standard. It’s a partnership made in heaven, and we’re delighted to call the Four Seasons “home” for our event because you, our most loyal supporters, deserve the very best.

Whether you come as a couple or a group – we have great table captain deals for you – you can be assured of a warm welcome from everyone who is working to make this the gala of the year. Intimate enough to be special yet big enough to be an event, Momentum will be special because you will be there, and together we’ll have a perfect evening and, together, change our world for good.

Join us by reserving your seats today!

Out & Equal Advocacy Award Recipient

We are pleased to announce Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the highest ranking openly gay officer currently serving in the military, as a 2013 Out & Equal Advocacy Award recipient for her bravery and courage in representing her whole and authentic self in her workplace. Tammy's 26 years of military service include duty in Afghanistan and promotion to the rank of brigadier general. She holds a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and is an Army War College graduate. She is married to Tracey Hepner, a co-founder of the Military Partners and Families Coalition.


Liam Mayclem (emcee) an Emmy award-winning host and a producer for CBS 5 TV’s Eye on The Bay. Born in London to Irish parents, Liam is an Irishman with an English accent. Since the launch of the Eye on the Bay in 2005 Liam has travelled to Australia, Canada and many major cities across America. He has cooked with the world’s top chefs, and he has interviewed music royalty: BB King, Ringo Starr, Sting, Tony Bennett and many more. Liam’s TV career kicked into gear when he joined Channel TV on the island of Jersey, UK as a News Announcer and reporter. In 1994 he ventured west to get a piece of the “American dream”. Liam is a keen fundraiser and has a few favorite charities; AIDS Emergency Fund, Project Open Hand and The Northern California Cancer Center.

Celebrating 17 years of musical excellence, The Choral Project has been hailed by the San José Mercury News as “a Bay Area jewel” and extolled by the Bay Area Reporter as “pure balm for the ears”.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Daniel Hughes, The Choral Project has developed an outstanding reputation for performing high-level choral literature and bridging the gap between text and music, singer and spectator. The 48-voice ensemble has performed throughout the world to rave reviews and standing ovations, including performances for the American Choral Directors Association, the California Music Educators Association, the National Association of Composers of the USA, a performance by invitation to represent California at the National Cathedral in Washington. D.C. as part of the California State Day Celebration as well as sold–out concerts in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom.

In October 2011, The Choral Project toured Northern Spain for the International Choral Competition in Tolosa. They performed to standing room only crowds in Salamanca, Burgos, Polanco, and many surrounding towns in the Basque Region.  In July 2007, The Choral Project placed in all three categories at the California International Choral Festival & Competition in San Luis Obispo, CA, taking home 1st place in the Choir’s Choice category, 2nd place in the Required Pieces category, and 3rd in the Folk Music category. In 2004, The Choral Project took 2nd place in the Mixed Choir competition at the 58th annual International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. This was a significant achievement for the Choral Project, as over 650 choirs from around the world auditioned and only nine were chosen to compete. The Choral Project received the highest individual score of any performing group (95 out of 100) for its performance of Juris Karlsons's "Neslegtais Gredzens," where an international panel of judges glowingly described the performance as a “tour de force.”

The Choral Project has also performed world premieres of compositions by numerous composers including Brent Heisinger, Brian Holmes, Theodore Lucas, and Stephen Schwartz.

The Choral Project has released eight albums: The Cycle of Life, Of Christmastide, Americana, Water & Light (the group’s #1 best seller on the Clarion label), Winter, One is the All, Tell the World, and most recently Yuletide, a festive collection of holiday favorites. All these recordings can be found on sjcp.org, iTunes and CDBaby.com.

Daniel Hughes founded The Choral Project in 1996. He is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. As Artistic Director of San José Choral Productions, he not only leads The Choral Project, but also its sibling chorus Menharmonics — a critically-acclaimed men’s chorus dedicated to celebrating diversity, creating community, and forming fellowship through quality musical performance. In addition to his work with San José Choral Productions, Mr. Hughes also serves as the Chancel Choir Director for Los Altos United Methodist Church, in Los Altos, CA — a 2,500 member, multi-staff church that features two adult choirs, two youth choirs, two children’s choirs, and a resident orchestra.

Hughes has directed many sessions in Vocal Pedagogy and Conducting Technique for the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the California Music Educators’ Association, and GALA Choruses. He has been a regular adjudicator for the California Golden State Choral Competitions, and has conducted honor choirs and festival choruses throughout the west coast. Collaborations include international performances with well-known ensembles such as Costa Rica’s Café Chorale, The Australian Voices, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, concerts with the critically acclaimed San José Chamber Orchestra, and creative work with award-winning Broadway composer & lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Hughes’s concert appearances include performances at Lincoln Center (New York City), Caulkins Opera House (Denver), Gusman Concert Hall (Miami), and Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco).

Hughes began studying piano and composition at the age of four. He has extensive training in piano and voice, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Conducting. 1st place ~ Conductor’s Choice Round, 2nd place ~ Required Pieces Round, and 3rd place ~ Folk Category (2007 California International Choral Competition); 2nd place ~ Mixed Choir competition (58th annual International Eisteddfod); 4th place ~ Small Ensemble Category (35th International Choral Competition, Gorizia, Italy); the 2nd place award (ACDA National Student Conducting Competition); the Christina Cadena Memorial Accompanying Scholarship; and the California Arts Scholar Awards for piano and composition. He is also a recipient of Arts Council Silicon Valley's 2013 Artist's Laureate Award ("On Stage" category), The American Prize Award for Choral Direction, and a 2010 Silicon Valley Arts & Business Award for 20+ years of excellence in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an accomplished composer and arranger, and has his own choral series through Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Mr. Hughes’s biography is featured in Who’s Who in America. He maintains a private music studio in the Bay Area.

Founded in 1980, Cheer San Francisco is the longest running LGBT cheer team in the world. Not only do they thrill audiences with their high flying routines, they also raise money to help those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening conditions. They have performed at all eight Gay Games and inaugurations for President Clinton and President Obama as well as making it to the top 48 in season 5 of America's Got Talent.

Reserve tickets and seats online and find out about underwriting packages now!

Reception: Thursday April 25, 6pm – 7:30pm
Dinner: Thursday April 25, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For questions regarding Momentum, please contact Associate Director of Events Dani Siragusa at 415-694-6519.

Momentum Partners

Please contact Senior Development Manager Dave Bueche at 415-694-6510 to learn more about how you and your company can participate.