Human Rights Campaign Announces WH Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett as National Dinner Guest Speaker

by HRC Staff

14th annual event tomorrow, October 9th at the Washington Convention Center.

Washington - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today announced that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will be a guest speaker at the organization's 14th Annual National Dinner to be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

"Valerie Jarrett is a tremendous addition to the event and we look forward to hearing from one of the President's closest advisors," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "She and President Obama both care deeply about equality and are strong supporters of those of us fighting for LGBT rights."

In addition to Valerie Jarrett, the program will also include: Grammy Award winning artist P!nk who will be presented with the Ally for Equality Award by Bette Midler. The National Arts & Culture Award will go to the hit ABC series Modern Family and will be accepted by cast members Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Sofia Vergara. Lee Daniels, Producer and Director of Precious and Monsters Ball will take home the Visibility Award presented by Precious star Mo'nique. Further event details will be made public as they are confirmed.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event held in the Washington Convention Center, which is chaired by Marjorie Chorlins & Kirkland Hamill.

WHAT: Human Rights Campaign Fourteenth Annual National Dinner

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
Media arrival at 5:00 p.m. / Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.

WHO:Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor
P!nk, Grammy Award Winning Artist
Bette Midler, Singer and Actor
Lee Daniels, Producer/Director
Mo'nique, Comedian and Actor
Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Sofia Vergara of ABC's Modern Family
Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign

Ticket Info: The HRC National Dinner is sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please visit

Credentialing: Media pre-registration required. To attend the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner all media must be pre-registered and approved for a credential. To request credentials for the dinner, please contact Paul Guequierre at

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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