One Iowa’s 8th Annual Gala Celebration to Be Largest Yet
One Iowa, the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, will host its 8th Annual Gala Celebration on Friday, April 7 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Over 450 people are expected to attend the event, making it the largest Gala celebration in the organization’s history.
One Iowa hosted its first Gala celebration in 2010 to commemorate Varnum v. Brien, the momentous Iowa Supreme Court decision that made Iowa the third state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Since that celebration of Iowa’s legacy of equality, One Iowa has continued to host the Gala each year to celebrate the Iowa LGBTQ community’s successes in the fight for full equality.
“I am thrilled to host my first Gala as executive director and celebrate LGBTQ equality in Iowa with friends and colleagues,” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said. “Our event has grown tremendously, and I am excited to showcase the work One Iowa has accomplished and talk about my ideas for the organization moving forward.”
One Iowa’s 8th Annual Gala Celebration will include cocktail hour, live music, dinner, live and silent auctions, and an awards ceremony honoring the work Iowa’s advocates for LGBTQ equality have accomplished this year. Award-winning journalist Sonya Heitsusen of WHO TV Channel 13 News will emcee the program. This year’s awardees include:
- Liz Bennett, the first out LGBTQ woman to serve in the Iowa Legislature
- Frederique Boudouani, an openly gay Muslim man in Elkader, Iowa who shared his story in a viral Upworthy video
- Wellmark, Iowa’s leading health insurance company
All proceeds from the event will support One Iowa’s mission to preserve and advance LGBTQ equality in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education. One Iowa’s 8th Annual Gala Celebration sponsors include Principal, Wellmark and Veridian Credit Union among others. Tickets may be purchased online here.