The 2019 Bear to Make a Difference Gala is an opportunity for community members, civic leaders and corporate partners to come together to support the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and those who share our commitment to a future free from hate.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 6:00pm

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

For sponsorship opportunities please contact our Development Director, Joe Foster, at 303-830-7400 ext. 14 or at joe@matthewshepard.org.

Special Guests Dennis and Judy Shepard

Special Guests: Judy and Dennis Shepard

Gala tickets

Ticket Prices
Early Bird Table (until 8/15/2019): $2000
Early Bird Ticket (until 8/15/2019): $225

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Become a sponsor

You can help make this evening a huge success by becoming an event sponsor. Find out more information about our multiple sponsorship options.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact our Development Director, Joe Foster, at 303-830-7400 ext. 14 or at joe@matthewshepard.org.

Become a volunteer

A key component to our gala success is the help we receive from passionate supporters like you. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to be a part of this great event.

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Donate an auction item

If you are interested in contributing an item to the Bear to Make a Difference Gala Auction, please fill out our online form.

Donation form >

Hotel reservation

There is a Matthew Shepard Foundation reservation block at the Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO, 80202

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What do I wear?

This year’s attire is black-tie optional.

2019 Award Recipients

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder

Making a Difference Award Honoree

Anthony Aragon & David Westman

Dennis Dougherty Award for Community Leadership

Bear to Make a Difference Gala 2018

Bare to Make a Difference Cabaret

There will be a pre-gala event on October 25, 2019 at The Roxy featuring The Skivvies.

Additional information coming soon.

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