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Tiffany began her career at the age of 13, making her the youngest female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard. Tiffany produced three top ten hits, two of which were national and international #1 pop singles “Could’ve Been” and the celebrated “I Think We’re Alone Now.” In 2005 she independently released the club sensation, “Dust Off and Dance”. Tiffany released her second album, Hold An Old Friend’s Hand, which went double platinum and featured the top ten hit “All This Time.” Her new CD, “Just Me,” on 10 Spot Records delivers a blend of pop and rock in a singer-songwriter style with a little country thrown into the mix. The first single and video from the album is the uptempo smash hit called “Feels Like Love.” Other hits include “Higher” and “Just Another Day”. In addition to her ground-breaking successful music career, Tiffany had the opportunity to be the voice of Judy Jetson in the feature version of the popular cartoon series, “The Jetsons”.
Actress Sophia Bush is currently starring in the NBC Drama “Chicago PD,” as Detective Erin Lindsay, a tough former street crawler rescued from a life of crime by the Chicago Police Department. She has captured film and television audiences alike with the diverse characters she portrays. Over the course of nine seasons, Sophia portrayed Brooke Davis on The CW’s hit drama ONE TREE HILL, evolving from a trouble-making vixen to a fiercely loyal friend, and a huge fan favorite. Bush starred opposite Sean Bean in the remake of the classic horror film THE HITCHER, independent comedy TABLE FOR THREE, plus feature films THE NARROWS, CHALET GIRL, JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE and STAY ALIVE. She has earned multiple awards and is a committed philanthropist.
Peter Paige is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed hit ABC Family series THE FOSTERS. As an actor, Mr. Paige is best known for his five-year run as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime’s hit series QUEER AS FOLK. He has numerous film and TV credits, including PING PONG PLAYA, OUR AMERICA, and guest star/recurring roles on THE CLOSER, BONES, CSI:MIAMI, GREY’S ANATOMY, RELATED, WILL AND GRACE, and others. As a director, he has completed two feature films: SAY UNCLE, released in 2006, and LEAVING BARSTOW (2009). He is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, the largest LGBT organization in the world.
Chad Griffin is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Griffin has spent his career taking on entrenched, well-financed interests like big tobacco, big oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education.

Griffin is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the Prop. 8 lawsuit. He is personally responsible for recruiting the legal dream team of Theodore Olson and David Boies to successfully argue the case. A veteran of the Clinton White House communications team and a native of Arkansas, Griffin was highly motivated by young people in taking this new endeavor.

The 19th annual Gala is in Charlotte again in 2014. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, the event will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center. More than 1,500 LGBT people and straight allies are expected to attend, and previous dinners have sold out quickly.
The annual black-tie fundraiser is the highlight of the fundraising year for the LGBT community in the Carolinas. Attendees include prominent members of the North Carolina LGBT community, HRC members and high-level donors, community and business leaders, elected officials, celebrities, family, friends and supporters of LGBT people.
HRC hosts annual galas throughout the country as fund-raisers to support its many efforts to achieve the organizational mission "to build an America where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families and individuals can be open, honest and safe… at work, at home and in the community." The Westin Charlotte will serve as host hotel during the HRC North Carolina Gala Weekend in Charlotte.
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