Our Spring Affair fundraiser returns

On behalf of our Board of Directors, GMCW is thrilled to invite you to our annual fundraiser, Spring Affair, to be held on May 18, 2024.  This year’s theme will be A Night at the Museum. We will return once again to the glamorous Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC for an evening of fun, art, music, and fabulous outfits. Join us for dinner, entertainment, special presentations, an open-bar reception, the Harmony Award recipients, live and silent auctions, plus our special celebrity guest performer, Raja Gemini from RuPaul’s Drag Race. We look forward to seeing you there!

Spring Affair 2024: A Night at the Museum
May 18, 2024
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC
1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

6:30pm Cocktails and Silent Auction
8:00pm Dinner, Entertainment, Harmony Awards presentation, and Live Auction

Tickets: $225 per person or $2,250 for a table of 10

“The Starry Night” Upgrade Package (+ $1,500 per table)
Includes meet-and-greet with our celebrity guest, unlimited wine at your table during dinner, premium table placement, and valet parking

Attire: Artistic Black Tie

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Click HERE to see photos from Spring Affair 2023: Spring A-Cher.

Our 2024 Harmony Award Honorees
Joaquin “Jocko” Fajardo (posthumous)
Dr. Thea Kano
Theodore Guerrant

For a list of past Spring Affair honorees, scroll down.

Special Guest Performer
Raja Gemini
Winner of Season Three RuPaul’s Drag Race

Our special guest for A Night at the Museum is Raja Gemini, winner of Season 3 of the popular television reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race, and winning the title of “She Done Already Had Herses” on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7. She is also one of the hosts of Fashion Photo RuView on WOW Presents Plus. Her love for style, experimentation, and all things provocative has set her apart as an entertainer in the Southern California drag circuit for 30 years. We are so thrilled to have Raja join us at Spring Affair!

Past Harmony Award Honorees

Individuals from the Community:

Peter D. Rosenstein, LGBTQ+ community activist, 2004
David Catania, DC Councilmember, 2005
Frank Kameny, Gay rights movement pioneer, 2006
Adrian Fenty, DC Mayor, 2007
Noi Chudnoff*, business proprietor and arts patron, 2008
The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop, 2009
John Berry, Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 2010
Barney Frank, U.S. Congressman, Massachusetts, 2012
Eric Schaeffer, Signature Theatre Artistic Director, 2014
Kevin Jennings, GLSEN founder & Obama “safe schools” appointee, 2015
Marsha Pearson, GMCW founder, 2016
Muriel Bowser, DC Mayor, 2018 
Wendy Rieger, NBC4-TV news anchor, 2019
Phil Mendelson, DC Council Chairperson, 2022
Tammy Baldwin, US Senator, 2023


The Mautner Project, national Lesbian health organization, 2004
Holland & Knight, international law firm, 2005
Food and Friends, food and nutrition service providers, 2006
Metro DC PFLAG, education and advocacy organization, 2007 
SMYAL, 2008
Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, 2009
Immigration Equality, 2010
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, 2011
Washington Blade, 2012
Team DC, 2014
Williams Institute, 2015
National Center for Transgender Equality, 2016
NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, 2017
Whitman-Walker Health, 2018
Casa Ruby and NBC Out, 2019
Metro Weekly, 2022
The Wanda Alston Foundation, 2023

Individuals from the Chorus family:

Steve “Soph” Herman, 2004
Gary Regan and Roger Bergstrom, 2005
Carl Baldwin & Gary Turner and David Streit, 2006
Phil Rogerson, 2007
Laurence Rosen, 2008
Michael Baker, 2009
Jeff Buhrman, 2010
Greg Kubiak, 2011
Mark Hennen, 2012
Joe Vignali, 2013
Tom Nichols & Dan Chadburn, 2014
Michael E. Hill, 2015
Christopher Grieder & Stuart Kopperman, 2016
John Moran* and Jack Reiffer, 2017
Marcus Brown and Rob Hall, 2018
Charles Berardesco, 2019
Robert T. Boaz*, 2022
Timothy Allmond & Robert Klein, 2023

* Awarded posthumously

Note: No Harmony Awards were given out in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID pandemic.