Check Out One Big Event 2018

What a Party! ONE BIG EVENT Was a Winner! 

It Was an Amazing Night - One Big Event Was a BIG Success!

People are still talking about the great time they had on Oct. 20 at theHartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective's 16thOne Big Event(OBE) fundraiser. The Connecticut Convention Center was the scene of energy and excitement as we celebrated our 35th anniversary with 400 of our best friends. It was a full evening starting with the obligatory cocktail hour. During that time attendees scouted out the wonderful silent auction and put their cell phones to good use as they placed their bids. It was also a great time to connect with old friends and colleagues. And meet new ones too!

Next, our guests entered into the dining room for dinner. This was not some bland setting, but was filled with life size cutouts and projected images of ourOne Big Eventparty characters. Everyone loves these chic and fun images that say so much about the nature of our gala. Nothing prim and grim here. We are all about the festive, fun and fabulous. That's us!

During dinner, Executive Director Linda Estabrook and Event Chair John McGarvey, welcomed everyone and thanked them for the support they were showing theHealth Collectivethat night. Our guests were treated to distinguished speakers who talked about theHealth Collectiveand their connection to the agency. Kevin Laugherty spoke on behalf of Aetna, ourBiggest Sponsor. He eloquently spoke of Aetna's role in the community and especially with the agency.

Attendees also were reminded once again what strong allies we have at all levels of government in Connecticut. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Gov. Dannell Malloy all offered support not only for theHartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective, but to the LGBTQ community and to all people that they serve. We were fortunate to have such passionate partners in attendance that night.

The evening's pace went up a notch when auctioneer Martin Heft took the stage. Wearing a dapper harness (is this the new uniform for all auctioneers?), Martin took control of the auction and we were all under his masterful command. The crowd really went crazy with bidding on inviting vacations in Provincetown, Palm Springs and Vermont, sitting in on theFaith Middleton Food Schmooze®broadcast, Mercado Foods catered dinner andHamiltontickets.

Then our good friend Michael Wilson took the podium. No preacher ever worked a congregation like Michael did the crowd that night. The goal for the evening was to raise $35,000 in additional donations in honor of our 35th anniversary. But, through persuasion, flattery and passion, we raised a record amount for the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. Thanks to all who answered the call.

Finally, what LGBTQ event would be worth its salt without some dancing? DJ John Rzasa was there to provide the grooves and the crowd provided the moves. It was the bestOne Big Eventever, if we do say so ourselves.

A great BIG thanks to our Biggest Sponsor, Aetna. Also, our Seriously BigSponsors: Adams & Knight, The Hartford Courant and Voya. And ourReally, Really BigSponsors: Bank of America, CVS Health, Macy's, Nordstrom, Shipman & Goodwin, TD Bank and Travelers. We are grateful to all our sponsors, auction donors, program book advertisers, Table Captains and volunteers. And a big "Thank You!" to all the attendees. Turning 35 was a great excuse for a party with our friends and you made it extra special! (All photos by Thomas Hurlbut Photography)

And check out the evidence of the great time everyone had:

One Big Event Program Book

Thanks to all our Program Book Advertisers!  These businesses, organizations and individuals really step up to the plate.  We appreciate their support and encourage you to support them too.  Click on the 2018 One Big Event Program Book cover to see all that's inside.  If you'd like a copy sent to you, please contact Dan Millett at or (860)278-4163 x118.


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Save the Date for 2019!

The dust has not settled yet from the 2018 One Big Event, but we are already planning for the 17th One Big Event!  That's right - the fun never ends!  Join us at our new location at the Marriott Hartford Downtown on Nov. 9, 2019.

Want to get involved?  Contact Dan Millett at danm@hglhc or (860)278-4163 x118.


The 2018 One Big Event Sponsors

The Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective could not have a One Big Event without our amazing sponsors.  They help make possible the work we do for so many in Hartford, in Connecticut and beyond.  We salute their community support.  From Big to Biggest, these companies have shown the way in supporting our work and we thank them very much.  We encourage you to patronize them.  If you want to be a sponsor, contact Dan Millett at or (860)278-4163 x118.

Biggest Sponsor

Seriously Big Sponsors

Really, Really Big Sponsors

Really Big Sponors

Even Bigger Sponsors

Bigger Sponsors
Aqua Pool

Hartford Steam Boiler

Mohegan Sun
Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union

Big Sponsor
eBenifits Group
Harte Auto Group
Hoffman Auto Group
ProHealth Physicians
Webster Bank
Wheeler Clinic
XL Catlin