Academy of Friends is celebrating its 35th Oscar night anniversary with "A Century of Radiance" gala in San Francisco and we are thrilled to have had our very own LGBTQ Connection chosen for a second year in a row to be a beneficiary. Last year, due to generous funding from Academy of  Friends we were able to double our LGBTQ & HIV prevention efforts in Napa County, especially focused on youth and young adults! Through gala ticket sales, raffle ticket sales, and a silent auction, Academy of Friends is raising funds directly for LGBTQ Connection.

Here is how you can help -- 100% of the value of your contribution comes to us if you mention LGBTQ Connection:

Buy Event Tickets

The Academy of Friends Gala will take place on February 22, 2015 at 5pm at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria. Event tickets are $250 pre-sale online or $300 at the door. Please don't forget to mention LGBTQ Connection when making your purchase! There are also VIP and sponsorship opportunities. Buy tickets at

Purchase Raffle Tickets

Even if you "don't do raffles", consider this: tickets enter you into a drawing for an 11-day Golden Gate Alaska "Celebrity" Cruise for 2 people, ($3519 value). Raffle tickets are $10 each, 3 for $25 or 15 for $100, and your full donation contributes to our work! To purchase, come to the LGBTQ Office at 780 Lincoln Ave, Napa or contact Ian: or 707-251-9432 and we can even deliver or mail the tickets to you.


We are looking for volunteers to fill shifts in San Francisco every Saturday up to the event or on Saturday, Feb 21 for event setup, on Sunday, Feb 22 for event setup during the day or Feb 22 for evening event help. To sign up, contact Ian: or 707-251-9432.

Donate a Silent Auction Item

100% of what the item goes for at auction comes back to our org! We already have items from Silverado Resort, Raymond Vineyards, Judd's Hill Winery, Luxury Electric Wine Tours/Napa Valley Tesla, and more! To make a donation contact Ian: or 707-251-9432.