About the Gala

The “Big Easy Jazz” Gala

The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is excited to announce the Annual Aston-Brooks Gala, “The Big Easy Jazz Gala”. The event is Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. This vibrant fundraiser is a black-tie event where guests enjoy a hosted cocktail reception, silent auction, a gourmet dinner, cabaret show, live VIP entertainment and an awards ceremony.

Join us as groundbreaking women take the stage including a very special performance by Lea DeLaria, first out lesbian on television.

Proceeds benefit the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, one of the nation’s largest LGBT Community Foundations benefiting San Diego’s LGBTQ community and celebrating 20 years in San Diego. On the foundation’s twentieth year, it is proud to report that they have provided nearly $5 million in funding to 200 non-profit organizations, since its founding in 1996.

VIP Entertainment – Featuring Lea DeLaria

lea-delariaJoining the cause, as featured VIP entertainer, is actress, comedian and jazz vocalist, Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black, First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen, Comedy Central’s Out There). This triple threat is known for breaking ground as the first openly lesbian entertainer to appear on television, her SAG Award winning, stand-out role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black, in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black; and her jazz virtuosity, most recently on her 6th album, House Of David: delaria+bowie=jazz (Summer, 2015), a tribute to the late, great gender-fluid icon, David Bowie. Lea was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Thank You To Our Presenting Sponsor

la-pietra-foundation-logoThe presenting sponsor for the 2017 event is The La Pietra Foundation.