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Gay Civil Rights fight brings powerhouse politicians to a champagne brunch in Houston

Gay Civil Rights fight brings top politicians to a champagne brunch

221 Ryan Lindsay, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Tammi Wallace at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Ryan Lindsay, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Tammi Wallace. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
241 Mrs. Garcia, from left, Ray Purser and Adrian Garcia at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Monica Garcia, from left, Ray Purser and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
127 Michael Pearce, left, and Matt Burus at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Michael Pearce, left, and Matt Burrus. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
31 Jeanette Hagan, from left, Mike Holloman and Martin Wipf at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Jeanette Hagan, from left, Mike Holloman and Martin Wipf. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
80 Dr. Mark McMasters, left, and Richard Holt at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Dr. Mark McMasters, left, and Richard Holt. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Judy Lindsay and John Ross Palmer at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Judy Lindsay and John Ross Palmer. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
43 Dr. Bruce Smith, from left, Steven Kirkland, Brooks Ballard and Tony Carroll at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Dr. Bruce Smith, from left, Steven Kirkland, Brooks Ballard and Tony Carroll. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
32 Michael Frewer, left, and Tim Surratt at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Michael Frewer, left, and Tim Surratt. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 Luke Moore, left, and Clark Caperton at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Luke Moore, left, and Clark Caperton. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Amanda Edwards and Ryan Lindsay at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Amanda Edwards and Ryan Lindsay. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
40 Alex Martinez, left, and David Arpin at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Alex Martinez, left, and David Arpin. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Tom Seymour, left, and Bob Burress at the Victory Brunch March 2015
Tom Seymour, left, and Bob Burress. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
221 Ryan Lindsay, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Tammi Wallace at the Victory Brunch March 2015
241 Mrs. Garcia, from left, Ray Purser and Adrian Garcia at the Victory Brunch March 2015
127 Michael Pearce, left, and Matt Burus at the Victory Brunch March 2015
31 Jeanette Hagan, from left, Mike Holloman and Martin Wipf at the Victory Brunch March 2015
80 Dr. Mark McMasters, left, and Richard Holt at the Victory Brunch March 2015
16 Judy Lindsay and John Ross Palmer at the Victory Brunch March 2015
43 Dr. Bruce Smith, from left, Steven Kirkland, Brooks Ballard and Tony Carroll at the Victory Brunch March 2015
32 Michael Frewer, left, and Tim Surratt at the Victory Brunch March 2015
10 Luke Moore, left, and Clark Caperton at the Victory Brunch March 2015
5 Amanda Edwards and Ryan Lindsay at the Victory Brunch March 2015
40 Alex Martinez, left, and David Arpin at the Victory Brunch March 2015
3 Tom Seymour, left, and Bob Burress at the Victory Brunch March 2015

What: The 2015 Victory Fund Houston Champagne Brunch.

Where: The Corinthian.

The 411: Ryan Lindsay and Tammi Wallace chaired the event that drew a crowd of more than 500 and raised more than $200,000 for the non-profit that supports openly LGBT political candidates. Elected officials lending their name to the cause included Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Michigan State Rep. Jeremy Moss and Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd.

City Councilmen Mike Laster and Robert Gallegos were on hand as well and presented a Mayoral Proclamation to the event’s honorary co-chairs Tony Carroll and Dr. Bruce Smith.

Two special awards were given on this day — the inaugural Annise Parker Leadership Award which went to the Mayor "as a pioneering leader furthering LGBT civil rights" and the Victory Fund Corporate Ally Award which went to Comcast. Accepting for the corporation was Ray Purser.

Who: Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus, Dr. Marc McMasters, Alex Martinez and David Arpin, Jeanette Hagan, Judy Lindsay, John Ross Palmer, Michael Frewer, Luke Moore and Clark Caperton.

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