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Each year, Center on Halsted hosts its annual Human First Gala to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations who have contributed to building and strengthening the LGBT community in Chicago. Created because each individual, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, ethnicity or age is – above all – human first, the celebration welcomes 1,500 guests each year and has become the largest LGBT-focused gala in Chicago. Guests include corporate and foundation sponsors of the Center, civic and city leaders, local and national elected officials, major donors and supporters, as well as members and allies of the LGBT community. The show features opening remarks from a guest host, an awards presentation and a musical or comedy performance. Past performers include Lily Tomlin, Oleta Adams, Linda Eder and Wanda Sykes. The 2012 Human First event welcomes emcee Andy Cohen, Bravo's, Host of "Watch What Happens Live" with a musical performance by k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang.

Human First also offers Center on Halsted and our supporters the opportunity to both reflect on the past year of service and also look to the future, as we continue to build and strengthen the LGBT community. This year the Center is celebrating its First Five years since opening our doors and is honored to recognize a distinguished group of individuals and corporate partners whose support has made Center on Halsted the nation's premier LGBT community center. The 2012 Human First will honor the leadership of Amina Dickerson, Laura Ricketts, Greg Cameron and Richard & Susan Kiphart for their contributions to our shared community. The Community Spirit Awards will be awarded to Chicago Cubs Charities, The Chicago Community Trust and Kraft Foods for their support of LGBT individuals and the unique issues facing our community.

Enter for a chance to win! Buy your Human First raffle tickets now and you could win one of the following prizes. Can't make it to this year's Human First? That's okay, you don't need to be present to win. And remember: the more tickets you buy, the greater chance you have.
  • Summer Lovin' │ $2,500 Value
    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, enjoy the summer behind the wheel of your own MINI Cooper, courtesy of MINI of Chicago. With excellent gas mileage and a fun, sporty look, you'll be the belle of the beach.
    Winner can choose any in-stock MINI, except for Goodwood and JCW, at MINI of Chicago, 1111 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614 from May 28 until September 3, 2012.

  • Summer Getaway │ $2,800 Value
    Want to get away to Aspen, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, NYC or Miami? Now you can! Take the vacation you've always wanted, courtesy of our friends at American Airlines and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. With first class round-trip airfare for 2 to anywhere in the continental U.S. and a weekend stay at any Kimpton Hotel, the choice is yours!
    Flights and hotel are valid until April 2013 and are subject to availability, including blackout dates.

  • COH Block Party │ $1,000 Value
    Come celebrate your next event at the Center! Bring 50 of your closest friends for a two hour party on our rooftop terrace, courtesy of Center on Halsted. We'll provide the bar and space, you bring the party!
    Subject to availability. Prize covers rental costs, bar and event set-up. Excludes catering expenses. Catering services are available from preferred vendors of Center on Halsted.
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Since opening our doors in June 2007, Center on Halsted has worked to become the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the country through innovative programming, strategic partnerships and extensive advocacy efforts for LGBT individuals. With each passing year, our mission and reach continues to grow as the needs of our community increase.

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