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At annual benefit gala, Julia Louis-Dreyfus presents inaugural Advocacy Award for couple’s work on behalf of LGBTQ issues

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From left, Pacific Pride Foundation Royal Ball co-chairman Mark Appleton,  awardee Don Roos, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, awardee Dan Bucatinsky, and event co-chairwoman Joanna Kearns gather for a group photo as Saturday’s festivities get under way at Bacara Resort & Spa. (Rochelle Rose / Noozhawk photo)

Actress and Montecito resident Julia Louis-Dreyfus presented the Pacific Pride Foundation’s first-ever Advocacy Award to award-winning director/screenwriter Don Roos and Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Dan Bucatinsky for their support and commitment to LGBTQ advocacy.

The honor was bestowed Saturday night at PPF’s sold-out gala at Bacara Resort & Spa.

The annual Royal Ball attracted 600 supporters to the “Dream in Color”-themed fundraiser, which featured a fancy social hour, guest photo shoot, multiple gourmet dinner food stations, a premier music DJ, and dancing on the all-white dance floor until midnight.

The ball, produced by Merryl Brown Events, was emceed by the gracious and talented Jane Lynch, star of the hit TV series Glee.

Roos and Bucatinsky have helped change the scope of LGBTQ representation in Hollywood through both their presence as openly out celebrities and through their dedication to portraying and depicting LGBTQ characters in their work.

Both are exemplary role models, and, according to the PPF, the award celebrates their artistic vision and collaboration in film and television, their portrayal of gay characters, and their inspirational family that represents love, integrity and leadership.

The couple have lived in Montecito for more than a decade and have two children, Eliza and Jonah, who were on hand for the award presentation.

“Obviously, I didn’t read the invitation that said that white was the attire tonight,” quipped Lynch, who was rocking a stylish, all-black jacket and pants ensemble.

“This is such amazing turnout and support for the foundation’s important and incredible work for people with HIV and AIDS,” she continued. “The Pacific Pride Foundation does it all — community education, anti-bullying workshops, food pantry, free AIDS testing, case management, and so many programs and services for the LGBTQ population.”

A couple of guests spoke to Noozhawk about their involvement in the Pacific Pride Foundation. Jefferson Woeste, owner of J. Woeste in Los Olivos, and Bruce Cleveland were attending the Royal Ball for their sixth year.

“We got started with the foundation when we lost a dear friend to AIDS,” Woeste said. “We believe in supporting the organization because of all the vital work that they do in education and the much-needed food pantry.”

The event committee did a fantastic job in raising funds. Foundation officials said all sponsorship categories — $75,000, $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 — were sold out, and the funds would be used to help support the organization’s programs.

The mission of the nonprofit Pacific Pride Foundation is to advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community; care for people living with HIV; and prevent the transmission of HIV.

Next up for the foundation is the 2015 Pacific Pride Festival on July 11 in De la Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara.

Click here for more information about Pacific Pride Foundation, or call 805.963.3636. Click here to make an online donation.

Check back with Noozhawk for complete iSociety coverage of the Pacific Pride Foundation’s Royal Ball.

— Noozhawk contributing writer Rochelle Rose can be reached at [email protected]. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk@NoozhawkSociety@NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Become a fan of Noozhawk on Facebook.

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From left, Ashleigh David with sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust, actress and Royal Ball emcee Jane Lynch from the TV show Glee, and Cassidy Brewer from the Downtown Organization.

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Part of the unique entertainment at the Royal Ball.

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John Fishpaw and Davina dressed up for the Royal Ball.

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Fun at the photo booth!

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One guest got carried away — literally.

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Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree and Terry Ryker.

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There were lots of fun costumes and white attire at the gala.

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Pacific Pride Foundation board vice president Michele Hock, right, and board member Jessa Riley.

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Jefferson Woeste, left, owner of J. Woeste in Los Olivos, and Bruce Cleveland.

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Actress Joanna Kearns, Royal Ball co-chairwoman, speaks at the podium.

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The dance floor filled up at the end of the evening.

 

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