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Table Captains

Become a Table Captain at the Gala

Table Captains are the backbone of ensuring a successful, well-attended dinner each year.  As the official recruiters and promoters for the dinner, we partner with our Table Captains to help spread the word about the work of HRC in order to encourage friends and colleagues to purchase tickets to attend the dinner.  Any individual, partners/couple, company, affinity group, or charity group can serve as a Table Captain.

Each table can seat a maximum of 10 guests. Contact us today to sign up to be a Table Captain, and start recruiting your friends and family to sit at your table!

IMPORTANT: Table Captains are NOT financially obligated to pre-purchase seats and there is NO penalty for not filling the table - just try your best!

Sign Up to Become a Table Captain
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Experience the Benefits of Being a Table Captain

To help pique your interest, we have created an incentive program specifically for our Table Captains.  The more tables you sell, the more benefits you will receive!

All Table Captains that sell 10 tickets will receive the following benefits:

  • Four bottles of complimentary wine at the table
  • Opportunity to stand and be recognized during the dinner
  • Your name listed on the invitation and in the program book
  • Two tickets to the VIP reception just prior to the dinner 
  • HRC Volunteer Pin


Tips for Table Captains


Organizing a Table


Filling your table begins with extending your invitation. Invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or whomever else you feel may have an interest. The best invitation for your guests is a personal one. Invite them in person, by telephone, or e-mail. Use the sample ask letter below and either customize it to better match your tone and style; or send it as is. The most important thing is to extend the invitation.


Start Early! Don’t wait until the last minute. Calendars fill up quickly. Getting on schedules earlier gives you the highest likelihood of successfully filling your table. Even if they don’t buy the tickets right away, your potential guests will be aware of the dinner and of your desire to have them attend.


Why Guests Should Attend


Let your invitees know that this year is a vital one for LGBT equality. Given the powerful political, corporate and individual relationships HRC has built over the years, it is uniquely positioned to influence legislation at the national, regional and local levels. 


Attending the Dinner not only reinforces a strong sense of pride in our community, but also provides critical financial support for the HRC to continue its mission. Our SF Bay Area Gala serves as a critical fundraiser for HRC.


Beyond making an impact on our future, the dinner is a fun and energizing evening. The silent auction has some wonderful items to bid on, including travel, artwork, and one of-a-kind experiences. The people at your table, and throughout the event, will be great company. And they’ll walk away from the evening knowing that they’re making an impact on equality for the LGBT community.


How Your Guests Choose to Sit with You


Have your guests choose your name from the Table Captain pull-down menu in the “check out” section of Box Office Tickets when they are purchasing their tickets for the SF Bay Area Gala. A seat is only reserved by purchasing a ticket for the Dinner.


Sample Ask Letter or Email

Dear Friends,

I would like to personally invite you to participate in something really important to me and important to our community; I have signed up to be a table captain for the Human Rights Campaign 33rd Annual San Francisco Bay Area Gala on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square.  If you’ve been to one of HRC’s dinners in the past, you know what a fun, inspiring, and empowering event it is, and I’m sure this year will also be great. As a table captain, I have committed to filling the 10 seats at the table, and would love to have you join us.

As you know, HRC is the country’s largest organization working for full equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The LGBTQ community is quickly mobilizing to respond to the actions of the current political climate. HRC is a critical player in Washington, DC and beyond. We must ensure that pro-LGBTQ candidates are successful to combat the promise to roll back many of our recent successes. There is a lot more information available at HRC’s website, This dinner is the largest single event locally to raise funds to support this work.

Please join us. Tickets to the San Francisco usually sell out by the end of September, so please let me know as soon as possible if you’ll be able to join me. Tickets start at $295 for early bird pricing if you purchase before 9/23/17.  You can learn more and purchase your tickets at Please make sure to select me as your table captain during the check-out process.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of our friends, families, and communities.  Let me know if you have any questions.




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