Beautiful pink, red and green bouquet of flowers: Rose, peonies, asters and carnations.

31st Annual Scholarship BenefitGARDEN AFFAIR

Beautiful pink, red and green bouquet of flowers: Rose, peonies, asters and carnations.

Mark your calendars now! The 2024 USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Scholarship Benefit will be held Saturday, April 6, at The Maybourne Beverly Hills beginning at 2:00pm. Join us to celebrate our legacy at USC and recognize the achievements and service of extraordinary LGBTQ+ Trojans.

The event will feature a live jazz ensemble, festive lawn games during the private reception, and a special gourmet meal prepared by executive chef Shaun Anthony. As for this year’s dress code… “Chic Garden Attire with a Flair”!

2024 Honorees

We will be announcing our 2024 Community Ally and Outstanding Scholar honorees soon. Stay tuned!

2024 Trailblazer Award Honoree

David Bohnett

David C. Bohnett ’78

(he/him/his)

Member, USC Board of Trustees
Chair, David Bohnett Foundation
Social Activist and Philanthropist

Sponsorship Opportunities, Tickets and Ads

Presenting Sponsor – $25,000 (1 available)

  • Sponsor listed as “Presenting or Presented by…” on all event collateral, including, but not limited to, digital invitations, digital program book, website, etc.
  • Premier seating for up to twenty (20) guests
  • Tableside champagne toast to you and your guests
  • One (1) complimentary hotel room the night of the event
  • One (1) valet parking space
  • Podium recognition
  • Featured story in USC Lambda e-newsletter
  • Promotion on USC Lambda social media platforms, including company logo, before and after the event
  • Linked logo on USC Lambda website
  • Four (4) VIP tickets to USC Lambda Pride+ Equity Summit and Reception in June 2024
  • Full-color spread (2-pages) in digital program book
  • Recognition in digital presentation during the event
  • Product placement opportunity
  • Four (4) sponsored USC Lambda Scholar student tickets to event

Platinum Sponsor – $20,000 (3 available)

  • Premier seating for up to fifteen (15) guests
  • Tableside champagne toast to you and your guests
  • One (1) valet parking space
  • Podium recognition
  • Story inclusion in USC Lambda e-newsletter
  • Linked logo on USC Lambda website
  • Full-color spread (2-pages) in digital program book
  • Recognition in digital presentation during the event
  • Premier recognition on select event collateral including, but not limited to, digital program book, website, etc.
  • Three (3) VIP tickets to USC Lambda Pride+ Equity Summit and Reception in June 2024
  • Two (2) sponsored USC Lambda Scholar student tickets to event

Gold Sponsor – $15,000

  • Premier seating for up to ten (10) guests
  • One (1) valet parking space
  • Podium recognition
  • One (1) full-page color ad in the digital program book, premier placement
  • Recognition in digital presentation during the event
  • Recognition on select event collateral including, but not limited to, digital program book, website, etc.
  • Linked logo on USC Lambda website
  • Two (2) VIP tickets to USC Lambda Pride+ Equity Summit and Reception in June 2024
  • One (1) sponsored USC Lambda Scholar student ticket to event

Trojan Sponsor – $10,000

  • Preferred seating for up to eight (8) guests
  • One (1) valet parking space
  • Podium recognition
  • One (1) full-page color ad in the digital program book
  • Recognition in digital presentation during the event
  • Recognition on select event collateral including, but not limited to, program book, website, etc.
  • Linked logo on USC Lambda website

Pride Sponsor – $7,500

  • Seating for six (6) guests
  • One (1) valet parking space
  • One (1) full-page color ad in the digital program book
  • Recognition in digital presentation during the event
  • Recognition on select event collateral including, but not limited to, program book, website, etc.
  • Linked logo on USC Lambda website

Other Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities

  • AV: $21,000
  • Bar: (1) $30,000 sponsor OR (2) $15,000 sponsors
  • Entertainment: $3,000
  • Florals: $7,500
  • Photographer: $1,200
  • Step-and-Repeat: $3,500
  • Valet: $4,000

Sponsorship deadline: Thursday, March 28, 2024.

(Please note that any sponsorships purchased after Monday, March 25 will not include digital program book ads.)

Become a Sponsor


Tickets

Individual Tickets: $300
$350 after March 5

Pair of Tickets: $550
$650 after March 5

Ticket purchase deadline: Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Purchase Tickets


Commemorative Digital Program Book Tribute Ads

Full-Page Color Ad: $1,500

Half-Page Color Ad: $1,000

Digital ad submission deadline: Friday, March 22, 2024.

Place an Ad

About

Since 2000, the USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association has honored members or advocates of the LGBTQ+ community for their service in advancing USC Lambda’s mission, serving as role models, and heightening the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community at large.

Our 31st annual Scholarship Benefit Garden Affair will raise funds for scholarships to deserving USC students who demonstrate a commitment to Lambda’s mission of strengthening the LGBTQ+ community. At the benefit, we will also recognize distinguished alumni and an exceptional scholar for their outstanding merit, service, academic achievement and/or scholarly work.

Scholarship Benefit Co-Chairs

Peter Barth

Peter Barth ’07

Chief of Staff, Blue Shield of California Foundation

Kristen Kavanaugh

Kristen Kavanaugh MSW ’12

Founder, The Agency Initiative

Past Honorees


2023 Honorees

Legacy Award

Donald Gabard

Donald Gabard MS ’78, MPA ’88, PhD ’90 (he/him/his)

Founder and Former President, USC Lambda LGBTQ+ Alumni Association

Trailblazer Award

Alexandra Billings

Alexandra Billings (she/her/hers)

Actress, Singer, Author, Activist and Assistant Professor of Acting, USC School of Dramatic Arts

Community Ally Award

Danielle Harvey

Danielle E. Harvey ’00, ML ’19 (she/her/hers)

Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

Outstanding Scholar Award

Lucille Warren

Lucille Warren ’22 (she/her/hers)

Student, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy


2022 Honorees

We proudly salute the 2022 honorees of the USC Lambda Alumni Association Recognition Awards (LAARA).

LAARA for Merit

Kristen Kavanaugh

Kristen Kavanaugh MSW ’12

Founder, The Agency Initiative

LAARA for Service

Bridgette Austin

Bridgette Austin MBV ’19

CEO of B. Austin Consulting, LLC

LAARA for Staff

Lindsey Morrison

Lindsey Morrison MHA ’16

Process Architect for Keck Medicine of USC

LAARA for Outstanding Scholar

Justin Kawaguchi

Justin Kawaguchi ’21

Graduate Student, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Previous LAARA Recipients:

  • Sheila Kuehl
  • Thomas Becktold ’87
  • David C. Bohnett ’78
  • John Heilman MPA ’07, JD ’82, MRED ’09
  • Tina Mabry MFA ’05
  • Carole Migden
  • David Mixner
  • Stephen Soucy MPW ’00
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Nancy Warner

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