Human Rights Campaign’s 13th Annual Greater New York Gala

The Human Rights Campaign held its 13th Annual Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf=Astoria, photographed by New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes.

Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief, and Nate Berkus. Ms. Russell was presented with the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the HRC's Greater NY Gala 2014 held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com) (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest Editor in Chief, and Nate Berkus.   (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com)

The event celebrated an incredible year for the greater New York region. The passage of marriage equality in New Jersey was a milestone for the tri-state area. Now the entire region of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut can share in the full benefits of legal marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder, keynote speaker, at the HRC's Greater NY Gala 2014 held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com) (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

U.S, Attorney General Eric Holder (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com)

United States Attorney General Eric Holder was the featured speaker. In his speech to the HRC supporters, he announced several new Justice Department policies that would be outlined in a memorandum the following week. The policies would expand the federal governments initiatives for same sex married couples that will extend the same rights of different sex married couples.

The evening celebrated the LGBT community and honored Architectural Digest’s Editor in Chief, Margaret Russell, and actress/singer Patti LuPone with the 2014 HRC Ally for Equality

Terrence McNally, Patti LuPone and Tyne Daly. Patti LuPone was presented with the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the HRC's Greater NY Gala 2014 held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com) (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Terrence McNally, Patti LuPone and Tyne

HRC's Greater NY Gala 2014 held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com) Michael Barriere, Alcoa Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainability accepts HRC Corporate Equality Award. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
Michael Barriere, Alcoa                 (Photo: Jeffrey Holmes)

Daly. (Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com)

Awards. The 2014 HRC Corporate Equality Award was presented to Alcoa. The Ally for Equality award is given to allies outside the LGBT community who champion equality for all Americans. Architectural Digest’s Ms. Russell features the work of contemporary LGBT architects and designers honors the memory of LGBT architectural icons. Singer and actress Patti LuPone

publicly supports LGBT equality and LGBT following gives her credibility. Alcoa was recognized for their commitment to equality for the LGBT community. The company has been spoken out in support of marriage equality and is a pioneer in corporate programs that support LGBT employees. Since 2009, Alcoa has achieved a perfect score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index.

The national headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign once again engaged the services of New York event photographer, JeffreyHolmes. His assignment was to capture the story of the celebration including official awards presentations, VIP’s, candid and impromptu group attendee photos. Jeffrey Holmes Photography has covered events for the Human Rights Campaign since 2008. This year’s event was held in the majestic, Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. It is a very familiar setting for the New York event photographer. He has covered numerous client gala’s and conferences in this venue for his clients. Clients who have hired Jeffrey Holmes for event photography coverage include the Human Rights Campaign, Institutional Investor

Magazine’s International Investment Forums, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Booming Celebration. The Waldorf=Astoria is a favorite venue for this corporate and event photographer. The art deco design of the Grand Ballroom, the Starlight Ballroom and numerous meeting/function rooms always present a stunning setting for the corporate event photographer.

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