Nominations for the HONOUR Awards now open
ACON's prestigious annual HONOUR Awards are now open for nominations. Nominate your LGBT hero.
Members of NSW’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community are being encouraged to nominate people and organisations whose work or achievements deserve to be recognised at NSW’s annual LGBT community awards.
Now in their sixth year, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for ACON, NSW’s leading LGBT health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
Acting ACON CEO Geoff Honnor says the Awards provide a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to people and organisations that are making a difference in the lives of LGBT people in NSW.
“The Honour Awards are all about celebrating how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community,” Honnor says.
“So once again, we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the LGBT community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the LGBT community.
“To help make the Awards a really special occasion, we’ve teamed up again with previous event partners the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, Merivale and Glyde Health as well as our new event partners for this year SX Magazine, Pink Media, Jai Evans PR, Points Of Difference Events and James Forbes. We thank all these organisations and individuals for their generosity and support.”
Nominations can be submitted in five categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour website (www.honourawards.com.au). There is also a range of gifts and prizes to be won.
This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday 20 September. Three finalists from each category will join a host of media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity.
Honnor says money raised from tickets sales and a silent auction on the night will help fund ACON’s vital work in the community. “While ACON gets a significant amount of government funding, the bulk of that money is dedicated to HIV-related service delivery,” he says. “Our broader work in relation to LGBT health and wellbeing – such as alcohol and other drugs, lesbian health, anti-violence, mental health, ageing, community care and advocacy – is financed by a mix of one off grants, fundraising activities and donations.
“To keep this important work going, we rely on the generosity of people and organisations in our community. By coming along to the Honour Awards, community members, their friends and associates can celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community and, at the same time, raise money to help ACON build our community’s health and wellbeing.”
WHAT: Honour 2012 – Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party
WHERE: Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney
WHEN: Thursday 20 September 2012TIME: 7pm – 11pm
COST: $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)