Thank You for Making Callen-Lorde’s 23rd Annual Community Health Awards an Incredible Success!

On behalf of Callen-Lorde’s gala event and auction committee, the Board, and our staff, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who showed up and otherwise supported our 23rd Annual Community Health Awards on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Your energy and enthusiasm truly made it a night to remember!

We are thrilled to announce that with your participation and generosity, we raised $700,000 to support Callen-Lorde’s mission to provide excellent quality healthcare to the LGBTQ+ community of New York City regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. 

As the sun set over the Hudson, the evening began with guests mingling over cocktails and auction pieces generously contributed by over 120 artists and organizations. A huge shoutout to everyone who contributed auction items for the evening and Chelsea Frames for custom artwork framing. 

23rd Annual Callen-Lorde Community Health Awards

Drag King and comedian Murray Hill served as the host for the evening and kicked off dinner with remarks by Callen-Lorde’s new CEO Patrick McGovern. 

Together with over 650 guests, partners, and supporters, the Community Health Awards honored three incredible leaders, trailblazers, and visionaries for the LGBTQ+ community: Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Special Assistant to the Commissioner at Major League Baseball, Billy Bean; Model, actress and champion for trans communities, Dominique Jackson; and WNBA team and 2023 Commissioner’s Cup Champions the New York Liberty 

Watch each of their acceptance speeches below:  

After honorees received their awards, guests hit the dance floor at the afterparty DJ’ed by vocalist and performing artist, Amber Martin

We are deeply grateful for the support of all our sponsors. 

 Platinum Sponsors


Diamond Sponsors


Anthony V. Thompson, Bernstein Private Wealth


Silver Sponsors


Jennifer Berrent & Carolyn Taylor

David A. Guggenheim & Michael Bosworth

Patrick McGovern & Calix Ramos


Vickie Tillman & Joan Lewis

Champion Sponsors: Amida Care, Aon Northeast Pride, Bill & Francois Bouchet-Pagano, Kris Bungay, MD & Jim O’Sullivan, Capital Rx, CohnReznick, LLP, Fenwick & West LLP, Flagstar Bank Commercial and Private Banking, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Brian & Cindy Gavin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Gracie Square Hospital, Alexes Hazen, MD, H. Scott Huizenga, Peter & Eileen Koffler, Laboratory Corporation of America, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Marc W. Manseau, MD, Morningstar, Inc., Mount Sinai Medical Center, National HealthCare Consulting, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Northwell Health – Western Region, PRIDE at Google, Shane S. Spicer, MD & Cristóbal Gutiérrez, Mike & June Stafford, Symetra, Trojan® Brand Condoms, Philippa Weismann & Sandra Turner and Williams & Connolly LLP. 

Advocate Sponsors: APICHA Community Health Center, Arnold & Porter
Brio Benefits Consulting, Matthew Cohen & Jonathan Carcio, Michael DeLucia & Fabio Toledo, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Carl Gaines, Housing Works, Jackson Lewis P.C., Bethany H. Jankunis, JD, MSW, The Keith Haring Foundation, Kirrin Finch, Diana J. Lee / Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe, MetroPlusHealth, Morrison Foerster, Faiz Osman & Justin Goodemoot, Paulo Pacheco, MD & Dan McFarland, Paul Hastings, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Esq., Theratechnologies, Tress Capitol Advisors, Andrew & Xavier Van Degna, Warburg Pincus LLC, and Wellington Management Company LLP 

Patron Sponsors: BlueHub Capital, Reed Caldwell, MD & Anthony Hird, Senator Thomas K. Duane, En Pointe Consulting LLC, John Gallagher, Green Jay Strategies, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kramer Levin, Hampton & Michael Lintorn-Catlin, Kelsey Louie & Brett Perala, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, MPG Consulting, Andres Munoz & William Shaw, Andrew Redd, Donnie Roberts & Geoff Allman, Lanita A. Ward-Jones & Dr. Rakiyah Jones, DNP, FNP-BC, and Yuvo Health. 

Friend Sponsors: Blane Charles Design, Rod Grozier, Yossi Milo, Eric & Susannah Perlyn, Barbara Rothberg, DSW, LCSW & Amy Lane, Karen Sauvigné & Diane D’Alessandro, Kimberleigh Joy Smith & Betsy Crenshaw, and Bo Steadman. 

Event Lounge Sponsor: EQ3; and National Media Sponsor: Equal Pride.

A final note of thanks to everyone who generously supported – and continues to support – Callen-Lorde in myriad ways. You are helping us make a difference in the lives of queer and trans New Yorkers so they can live their healthiest lives. We look forward to seeing you at the Community Health Awards next year!