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Partying for a good cause: the Spirit of Courage Awards


By Adam Bink

Every once in a while, we like to let our hair down and party for a cause. On Wednesday, November 2nd, we’ll be doing just that.

Join us on Wednesday, November 2nd for an evening of music, moonshine and fun at our first annual Spirit of Courage Awards, honoring Los Angeles-based producer and philanthropist Marcy Carsey. Marcy has been a longtime supporter and funder of LGBT equality.

The event will be at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, benefiting Courage Campaign’s work to bring progressive change and full equality to California and the nation. Our work to do away with Prop 8, repeal DOMA and win marriage equality around the country can’t move forward without financial support. But because we all work without a glitzy office (we’re virtual) and our chair, Rick Jacobs, doesn’t take a salary, that means that nearly all out of the money you contribute goes straight to funding our efforts: on-the-ground work to protect marriage in New Hampshire earlier this year, running the succesful decline-to-sign campaign to defend the FAIR Education Act, pushing a now-record number of Senators (30) to support DOMA repeal, expenses related to covering the Prop 8 trial, publicizing NOM’s summer bus tour o’#FAIL for the country to see all their hate, and more. Your ticket to the Spirit of Courage Awards can help do more of that. Much of the entertainment and support for the dinner is also volunteer.

The invitation can be viewed here, or below. If any of y’all plan to be in Los Angeles, Rick, Arisha, myself and the rest of the team here would LOVE to meet in person. Even if you can’t make it, please pass along. To RSVP, please e-mail kat AT couragecampaign DOT org, or call 626-975-2307. Hope to see you there!

Click here to view the invitation as a PDF

For further information about Courage Campaign and/or the Spirit of Courage Awards, please visit

Proceeds from the Spirit of Courage Awards provide crucial support to the Courage Campaign family of organizations* to continue its important work:

Courage is a unique constant in California’s progressive organizing structure. The day after Election Day, when candidate and ballot-initiative committees fold, Courage remains – providing coordination, strategic planning, training and more – for progressive causes.

With a membership 700,000-strong, Courage impacts issues California cares about. Successfully delaying Blue Shield rate increases on policyholders, running mercenary machine, Blackwater, out of Portero, holding elected officials and corporations accountable to the people, Courage ensures that the collective progressive voice is heard loud and clear.

Courage stands up for LGBT equality everywhere. The unprecedented online Testimony project engages hundreds of thousands of Americans to tell their own stories, creating a national body of evidence of love, marriage and equality to move public opinion, empower activists, and influence leaders.  Courage led in the fight to repeal DADT, and is leading the fight to repeal DOMA now, and educating America about the historic Prop 8 Trial. With Courage, we can win the civil-rights fight of this generation and move closer to full equality.

Courage will push voter turnout among the progressive base in 2012. With widely-watched viral videos, online and on-the-ground organizing, and one of the most comprehensive and popular voter guides in the State, Courage will play a vital role in progressive voter turnout.

*The Courage Campaign family of organizations is devoted to bringing progressive change to California. Courage Campaign is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.  The Courage Campaign Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Courage Campaign Issues Committee is active on statewide and local ballot campaigns and is registered with the California Fair Political Practices Commission. None of the Courage Campaign organizations make contributions to or expressly advocate for the election or defeat of candidates for public office.


  • 1. Ann S.  |  October 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm


  • 2. Ronnie  |  October 14, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Cool…. Congratulations…. hope it is an amazing night….. <3…Ronnie

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