The Fourth Annual Action Awards

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Fourth Annual Athlete Ally Action Awards

The Gallery at Dream Downtown I 355 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

6 PM  I  VIP Reception

7 PM  I  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

8 PM  I  Awards Presentation

The Action Awards celebrates the pioneering actions by individuals and organizations in 2017 that helped create LGBT inclusive athletic environments and eliminate anti-LGBT prejudice.

The evening will feature athlete and celebrity honorees and participants, a luxury auction, and the opportunity to network with individual and corporate philanthropic leaders from the sports and business communities.



Event Leadership:
Ward Simmons, event co-chair
Rob Smith, event co-chair
Fran Boller, venue chair
Joy Bunson, auction chair
Chris Coffey, table captains co-chair
Brian Ellner, corporate sponsorship co-chair
Lia Parifax, table captains co-chair
Brian Rice, corporate sponsorship co-chair
Robert York, journal chair


MVP Sponsor ($25,000+)
Carin and Roger Ehrenberg
Allison Grover and Susie Scher

Captain Sponsor ($15,000+)
Bloomberg Philanthropies
RBC Capital Markets

Ally Sponsor ($10,000+)
Haddad Brands
Major League Soccer
Northwestern Mutual
Brian Rice and Robert Goldrich
Lia Parifax and Hudson Taylor
The Tisch Family
Andrew Ward

Varsity Sponsor ($5,000+)
Michael Balaban
Gerber & Co.
Steve Madden
Siegel Strategies
Rob Smith and Rod Grozier
Tusk Strategies

Rookie Sponsor ($2,500+)
Chris Coffey and Adam Riff
KOFA Public Affairs
Stu Loeser

Booster Sponsor (In-Kind Support)
Cipperman Design
Wall Street Journal

Community Partners
Stonewall Sports

Host Committee ($1,000+)
Doug Albert
Stafford Arima
Eric Baker and Bill Kapfer
Michael Balaban
Thomas Bindert
Josh Blumenfeld
Fran Boller
Tim Bush and Xavier Boyaval
Laura Clise
Chris Coffey and Adam Riff
Raymond Crosby
Mitch Draizin
Jeff Gearheart
Gregg Gelman and Joe Hershberger
Alexander Guidera and Larry Isaacson
Risa Heller
Dennis Hranitzky
Albert Imperato
Sean James
Amin Kassam
Lisa Linsky
Mike Lubin and Tom Eagan
Ed Mangis
Peter McKown and Kenneth Heng
Doug Nieters
Rusty O’Kelley
Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb
Jason Pucci and Michael Foncannon
Frederick Raffetto
Brian RIce and Robert Goldrich
Michael Sarkozi and Rob Shuma
Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea
Cameron Smith and Jeff Edwards
Harold Smith-Franzen
Mike Syers
Bert Trybala
Michelle Waites and April Holder
Andrew Ward
Matt Welton
Bruce Whipple and Michael Ward
Steve Wozencraft and John Evans
Robert York
*leadership and sponsorship lists in formation (updated 7.20.17)

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, joining the Host Committee, or purchasing a journal ad, please click here.

To join as a sponsor, please click here.

To join the host committee, please click here.

To contribute to our silent auction, please click here.

Questions? Please contact:

Sponsorships, Table Buyers, Giving:

Mitch Mathias |  Development Director | [email protected] I 917-301-8015

Journal Ads, Auction Items:

Jonathan Slawson |  Development Coordinator [email protected] 908-405-9359

Media Inquiries:

Taylor Carr | Director of Communications | [email protected]

Please check back frequently for exciting updates to be announced soon!