SMYAL - Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders


SMYAL's 30th Anniversary
Annual Fall Brunch

Save the date: November 2, 2014

Join SMYAL in celebrating 30 years of dynamic work in Washington, DC, and show your support for our area's LGBTQ youth. Enjoy our silent auction, cocktail reception, and 3-course brunch as you hear from some of our community's most inspiring leaders and personalities.

Wondering what to expect or how you can get involved? Read on below!

Q: How can I do more than just attend?
A: You can serve as a Table Leader and invite your own guests to join you for the Brunch.

Q: Can my business or organization sponsor the Fall Brunch?
A: Absolutely! Visit our Sponsorship Info page to learn more.

Q: Is there an auction at the Brunch?
A: Yes -- and you won't want to miss it. Check back soon!

Q: Are there any volunteer opportunities connected with the event?
A: Yes! The Brunch could not run smoothly without help from a dedicated group of volunteers before, during, and after the event. Check back later for information on how to get involved!

Q: Do SMYAL youth get to attend?
A: Of course! We have a limited number of seats set aside for youth each year, as well as an exclusive youth reception. Youth registration is now closed, but we look forward to seeing everyone at the event!




Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
Metro: Smithsonian or L'Enfant Plaza



2014 Table Leaders

The commitment of SMYAL's 2014 Table Leaders helps bring this extraordinary event to life. SMYAL is honored to have their support and we remain grateful for the dedication they bring to the organization and our LGBTQ youth. This year, for the first time, we are offering supporters the chance to serve at two separate levels -- Table Admirals and Table Captains. Table Admirals will receive preferred seating and additional recognition at the event.

Are you interested in joining them as a Table Leader this year? Contact Sara Conklin, Development Coordinator, at 202-567-3165 or sara.conklin@smyal.org.

Our Table Leaders for the 2014 event are:

Table Admirals
Tony Anderson & Kevin Lorei
Douglas Armstrong & Steve Dobberowsky
Richard Bernstein

James & Jason Hafferman
Jeffrey Nelson & Rob Cogorno
Edward Palmieri & Christopher Schriever
Mike Schwartz & Carl Menninger
K. Dane Snowden
Damon Wilson
Table Captains
Daniel Berler
Billy Fettweis





2013 Fall Brunch Sponsors


We are tremendously grateful to our 2013 Fall Brunch sponsors. Their support strengthens SMYAL's ability to continue to offer high quality programing to the region's LGBTQ youth. If you are interested in joining them as an event sponsor this year, please contact Sara Conklin, Development Coordinator at 202-567-3165 or sara.conklin@smyal.org.


Our confirmed Brunch Sponsors for the 2013 event include:

Titanium Sponsors



Kaiser Permanente







Platinum Sponsors






Gold Sponsors


The Washington Blade








Elmendorf Ryan


















Silver Sponsors



Richard Arentz


Duplex Diner





Nellie's Sports Bar









Damon Wilson



Bronze Sponsors

EatWell DC

Pewter Sponsors




Special Thanks to

Mandarin Oriental







For more information about any aspect of the 16th Annual Fall Brunch,
please contact Sara Conklin, Development Coordinator,
at 202-567-3165 or sara.conklin@smyal.org.