June 3rd, 2023 marked the return of the Radiant Health Centers’ Annual Gala at The Turnip Rose Promenade in Costa Mesa. Once again, guests gathered to celebrate the work of advocates and raise funds for LGBTQ+ healthcare in Orange County. And in a night filled with joy and recognition, the community outdid itself with its generous giving.
Promoting LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equity at the Radiant Health Centers’ Gala
This year’s Gala was an evening to remember as guests joined together for fun, dancing and celebration. Designed around the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, attendees united for good food and live entertainment against a fairytale backdrop. Gala co-chairs Adrienne Matros and Zach Abrams did magnificent work, delivering a memorable event that will be long remembered.
As always, the broader theme of the Gala took precedence as guests and advocates gave generously in support of medical care for the LGBTQ+ community. Finding an LGBTQ+-friendly healthcare home in Orange County is still a challenge for many. However, with continued backing, Radiant Health Centers can expand its services and reach even more people.
Announcing the Radiant Compassion Award Winner
The highlight of the night came with the presentation of the Radiant Compassion Award 2023. This year’s deserving recipient is Broadway performer Javier Muñoz. As an actor and singer, Javier is widely celebrated for his role as Alexander Hamilton in the musical, “Hamilton.”
The Radiant Compassion Award recognizes his dedicated work fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and HIV/AIDS advocacy. Working with organizations like GMHC and (RED), Javier epitomizes the qualities of compassion and equality.
Raising Funds for Orange County’s LGBTQ+ Community
At the heart of the Gala is our ongoing commitment to fundraising. And just as with previous events, guests and advocates gave generously in support of LGBTQ+ healthcare services in Orange County. Almost $260,000 was raised in total, assisted by a $25,000 matching gift. It is thanks to donors and event sponsors that Radiant Health Centers can continue to serve patients with caring, knowledgeable and inclusive medical services.
How Gala Donations Help the Orange County LGBTQ+ Community
Funds raised will go towards delivering healthcare equity for the local LGBTQ+ community. In practice, this means supporting HIV testing and treatment, improving our LGBTQ+ social services, expanding our youth programs and more. Thanks to the help and support of our many donors, sponsors and supporters, we can both tackle healthcare disparities and improve the health of our Orange County patients.
Irvine’s Trusted LGBTQ+ Medical Care and Counseling Services
At Radiant Health Centers, we provide a wide range of medical care, counseling, social services and youth programs for the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. From STD testing and HIV treatments to our youth drop-in center and telehealth services, we are always here to help. Call (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment today.