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 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 attend?

A: You can visit to purchase your own ticket or even a whole table. We also accept checks sent directly to 410 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, ATTN: Fall Brunch. For pricing please visit our event page.

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. Visit our Silent Auction page to learn more.

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 out the Volunteer page to learn more and sign-up!

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 Sultan Shakir, Executive Director, at 202-567-3161 or

Our Table Leaders for the 2014 event (as of October 29, 2014) are:

Table Admirals
Tony Anderson & Kevin Lorei
Douglas Armstrong & Steve Dobberowsky
Richard Bernstein
Dennis Black & Scott Wallis
Susan & Dixon Butler
Karim Fadli & EJ Dunlap
Joe Gale & Will Hopkins
Rich Gottwald & Jim Harden
James & Jason Hafferman
Ken Kadlec
Jeff & Trevor Blake Krehely
Eric Lamar
Jason Laney
Jessica Lee & Deb Fenstermaker
Hayden & Georgie Mora
Jeffrey Nelson & Rob Cogorno
Edward Palmieri & Christopher Schriever
Todd Peterson
Mike Schwartz & Carl Menninger
Sultan Shakir
K. Dane Snowden
Neil Starkey
Damon Wilson
Jay Vilar
Table Captains
Andrew Barnett & Anthony Cotton
Daniel Berler
Cheryl Clarke
Kevin DiLallo 
Jocko Fajardo
Greg Farber & Marcus James
Billy Fettweis
Michael Fowler
Charles Keller
Renata Maniaci
Nan Mathis
Danielle & Aisha Moodie-Mills
Scott Moorhead
Janelle Perez
Progressive Dinner
Betsy Pursell & Schroeder Stribling
Danny Reed
Liz Rose & Richard Jerome
Milla Sanes & Susan Cocoran
Brian Scott
Roger Sucharski & Cuong Ho
Caroline Willis
Young Donors Committee

2014 Fall Brunch Sponsors

We are tremendously grateful to our 2014 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 Sultan Shakir, Executive Director, at 202-567-3161 or

Our confirmed Brunch Sponsors for the 2014 event (as of September 26, 2014) include:

Titanium Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors

Pewter Sponsors

Special Thanks to

Mandarin Oriental

For more information about any aspect of the 30th Anniversary Fall Brunch,
please contact Sultan Shakir, Executive Director,
at 202-567-3161 or