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Why should I give to The Equality Alliance when I could just give directly to the charity?

The goal of The Equality Alliance is to enable non-profits, with smaller staffing, to be able to devote their resources to programs that directly serve the Central Texas community while we raise the money to help them do that. It also allows the donor that finds themselves going to event after event - to combine multiple causes under one roof for one night!  Think of The Equality Alliance as the Amazon of LGBTQ Charities! Lastly - The Equality Alliance allows donors that might only be familiar with one or two of the charities – to get exposure to other non-profits serving this community and learn more about how they can make a difference in their own backyard!


Is my donation tax deductible?

The answer to this question is – mostly – yes! Everything but the hard cost of your donation is 100% tax deductible. For example: If someone purchases a ticket for $150 and the hotel charges us $80 for their dinner – then you subtract the hard cost of $80 and then $70 is tax deductible. If someone purchases a $5,000 sponsorship table and they get 12 tickets for their table – then you multiple 12 x $80 ($960) and subtract that from $5,000 and $4040 would be tax deductible. Any one who donates an auction item can write off the difference between the actual cost and the value of that item.


Is this event open to all ages?

This event is 21+ beginning in 2023.  

What is the dress code?

So what is the dress code? EXTRA. It can be cocktail or black tie – just MAKE A STATEMENT. Think....Met Gala meets VMA’s. A little edgy, a little sassy, a lot of glitz, a lot of shock and awe. So yeah – like we said – EXTRA.

Will I receive physical tickets to the event?

No.  Once you purchase your tickets, we put your name on our master guest list so that all you have to do is show up and we'll take care of the rest!  To reduce lines the night of the Gala we HIGHLY recommend coming to one of our pre-registration events the Thursday and Friday prior to the gala to pickup tickets, drink passes and register for the silent auction.  

What do I get for VIP?

VIP offers premium seating as well as a hosted bar before or after the event (depending on ticket type purchased) as well as early viewing of our auction items and other benefits listed on the ticketing page.  Depending on bookings - It can also include a meet and greet with any celebrity guests we may have that year!

What if my friends and I want to attend but my group is less than 12? Can we still sit together? 

Yes! Individual ticket holders will have access to designated "self seated" tables this year, which are located around the perimeter of the ballroom and will be clearly labeled as SELF SEATED.  These seats are available on first come first seated basis so make sure your group gets to an open table as soon as the ballroom doors open, after the pre-party ends.  For better placement in the ballroom we suggest pulling together a group of 12 and purchasing a table as a group.  

What if some of my friends want VIP tickets and others want General Admission tickets, can we still sit at the same table together?

Yes! Individually purchased VIP and GA ticket holders will have access to the self seated tables around the perimeter of the ballroom.  It is our suggestion that tables are purchased in groups for better ballroom placement.  

Didn't find the answer to your question here?  

Contact Executive Director Monica Painter at

(512) 845-5614  or email us at

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