Matt To Be Feted At 18th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards

Congratulations Matt! We are so very proud of you.

On Saturday, February 11, Peter Gallagher and Matt Bomer will each receive an Arts and Activism Award at the 2012 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards gala, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, benefiting Desert AIDS Project. They will join host Joan Rivers, entertainers Queen Latifah, Wynonna Judd, Megan Mullally, and David Burnham, as well as an array of other celebrities seated throughout the room.

Matt Bomer, star of TV’s “White Collar,” is on Gallagher’s heels as one of the “new generation activists of stage and screen” for causes including HIV/AIDS. After speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2011 AIDS Walk in New York City’s Central Park on May 15, Bomer joined 45,000 others who walked to raise more than $6.2 million for Gay Men’s Health Crisis and 41 other AIDS service organizations in the tri-state area. Just two weeks earlier, he’d also had his walking shoes on to raise money for breast and ovarian cancer research on April 30 at the Revlon Run/Walk for Women from Times Square to Central Park.

As an in-demand actor who is also the father of three children, Bomer strongly supports marriage equality. That’s why, this September, he appeared in a one-night-only staged reading of “8,” the play written by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Milk,” about California’s notorious Proposition 8, which made same-sex marriage illegal. Proceeds from the staged reading, performed at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre benefited the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which funds the fight for full federal marriage equality and supports educational efforts on the freedom to marry nationwide.

Since 1995, the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards have been honoring the contributions of those who are making a difference in AIDS care, prevention, and research. Each year, they honor local community leaders as well as those in the fields of science and medicine. The gala also honors those who use their celebrity from stage and screen – or elected office – to shine a light on the fact that AIDS is not over and is still a concern, both globally and right here in our own backyard.

Gallagher and Bomer will join the ranks of fellow celebrities, including Ann-Margret, Carol Channing, Kristen Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Jerry Herman, Senator Ted Kennedy, Judith Light, Bob Mackie, Barry Manilow, Maureen McGovern, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie Perez, Pauley Perrette, Mary Steenburgen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Dionne Warwick.

You can read the entire article here and ticket prices are listed here.

Thanks Laura for linking me to this article.