SMYAL's Annual Fall Brunch

The Fall Brunch Co-Chairs, SMYAL Executive Director Sultan Shakir, and members of the Board invite you to the 24th Annual SMYAL Fall Brunch fundraiser!
SMYAL’s premier event, the annual Fall Brunch, includes a cocktail reception featuring a fabulous silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of our community’s most inspiring leaders. Every year, the Fall Brunch brings together LGBTQ and allied community members, friends, and families in support of the inspirational youth SMYAL works with every day.
We’re excited to announce that the 2021 Fall Brunch will be hosted in person by MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart at the beautiful Marriott Marquis!
Saturday, November 6th, 2021
10:30 am EST
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
 901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Online ticket sales have ended. To purchase tickets or for questions, please contact .

The Brunch Silent Auction is open until 1:45 pm on November 6th. 
Browse our over 140 auction items and place your bids today! 100% of proceeds from the silent auction help fund SMYAL’s programs and services for LGBTQ youth.


This event will have ASL interpretation 

Health and Safety Information

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all attendees. You can have your vaccination card, a photo of your card, or a copy of your card.  Information on how to get vaccinated can be found here.
  • Masks are required for all attendees when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  • If you are sick, show any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, please do not attend the event.
As federal and local guidance evolves, we will continue to monitor and update our COVID-19 protocols.  

2021 Brunch Program Information

2021 Brunch Honorees

Ashland Johnson, Esq.
Community Advocate Award

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Todd Peterson Award

Menu & Drink Upgrades


Orange and Cranberry Juices
Bakery Basket with Jams & Butter

Smoked Salmon Cone

Greek Yogurt & Plum
Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Cherries, Local Honey, Malted Milk Crumb

Short Rib Hash
Mixed Potato & Cipollini Onions
Poached Egg

Peanut Butter Crunch Bar
Chocolate mousse and chocolate topping
Freshly Brewed Coffee and Tazo Tea

*Soft drinks available upon request

**Please tell your server should you have any special dietary needs or want to request a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meal

Purchase Select Beverages

100% of proceeds go directly to supporting LGBTQ youth

One magnum bottle is equivalent to two standard bottles

$150 for 1 Bottle
$300 for 2 Bottles


$65 for 1 Pitcher
$100 for 2 Pitchers

To purchase, click “Upgrade Drinks Here” on Onecause on your phone here.

Special thanks to the Dirty Goose, Duplex Diner, Pitchers, Grand Central, Kiki, Green Hat, and Tito’s Vodka for their generous drink upgrade donations.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make the 24th Annual Fall Brunch Possible

2021 Fall Brunch Co-Chairs

Kelly Laczko, Lamar Braithwaite, and Devon Trotter

2021 Fall Brunch Committee

Javier Aquino, Brandon Boxbaum, Harry Brookstein, Stephanie Cannon, Jocko Fajardo, Evan Lambert, Talia Linneman, Dani Munro, Sophie Oberstein, Chelsea Ruediger, and Anahita Suri

2021 Fall Brunch Table Leaders

Table Admirals

Ava Benach
Chris Hanes
Don Davis & Nick Poulson
Eric Fanning & Ben Masri-Cohen
Joe Gale
Kiwanis Club of Washington, DC
Kyle Mathews
Neil Starkey
Reid Walker
Rob Cogorno & Jeff Nelson

Table Admirals

Alex Slater
Ari Shapiro & Michael Gottlieb
Billy Fettweis
Brian Hackney & Chris Perry
Brigid Beech and Dre Khoury
Catherine Burk
Chelsea Ruediger & Bo Morin
Devon Trotter
Evan & David Lambert-McMichael
Joaquin Tamayo
Joe Scavetta & John Summers & friends

Juana Seymour & Janice C. Kwa
Kevin Muehleman & Erik Fredericksen
Lamar Braithwaite & Dale Curtis
Lauren Ober & Hanna Rosin
Mark Dann & Sultan Shakir
Milla Sanes
Paige Stanley & Megan Hollis
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan & Shaun Goolsby
Roger Sucharski & Cuong Ho

SMYAL Champions
Sophie Magerl
Steve Fowler & Michael Dean
Steven Walker & Danny Martinelli
Tim Hennessey & Brian Kelly
Todd Peterson & Noel Honore
Tom Bonsaint
Tony Anderson & Kevin Lorei
Wes Weicht

Thank you to all our 2021 Brunch Sponsors!

Titanium Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors