Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Bear to Make a Difference Gala and helped us raise over $250,000 to support the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and our commitment to a future free from hate.
View our gala photos below.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6:00pm

Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO, 80202

Special Guests Dennis and Judy Shepard

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2019 Award Recipients

Samira Wiley

Making a Difference Award Honoree

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder

Making a Difference Award Honoree

Anthony Aragon & David Westman

Dennis Dougherty Award for Community Leadership

Seth Owen

Spirit of Matthew Award

Thanks to our sponsors


Premier Partner

Hope Partner

Host Partners

Sam Estep & William Haworth

Advocate Partners

Patron Partners

Friends of the Foundation

Steven Dettelbach & Karil Bialostosky

John Walsh & Lisa Christian

Wine Sponsor

Spirit Sponsor

Marketing Mainstay

National Media Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Official Hotel Sponsor

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