FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 HONOUR AWARDS
Demonstrating the strength and diversity of LGBTIQ communities, unsung heroes, community champions and long-standing allies of sexuality and gender diverse people lead the field of finalists of the 2019 Honour Awards. An inspiring mix of over 30 people and organisations will be celebrated at the annual LGBTIQ community awards to be held in Sydney in October.
First held in 2007, the Honour Awards is an annual event that celebrates outstanding service to, and achievements within, the LGBTIQ community in NSW and Australia. Now in its 13th year, the not-for-profit awards is also a gala fundraising event for services and programs delivered by ACON, NSW’s leading organisation for community health, inclusion and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders. All funds raised by the Honour Awards goes back into assisting the community through ACON’s health programs and services.
The 32 finalists have been selected from over 200 nominations received across nine categories covering the business, health, HIV, youth, community, entertainment, visual arts, media and cultural sectors. (NB! – All finalists are listed on following pages of this media release)
The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Wednesday 2 October.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said the judges were overwhelmed by the calibre and variety of nominations. “As always, selecting the finalists was an extremely difficult process for our community panel because the achievements, contributions and work of all the nominees had each been noteworthy in their own way,” Mr Parkhill said.
“The judges agreed that all finalists exhibited a remarkable commitment to supporting and advocating for LGBTIQ communities, often without fanfare, and are truly deserving of being recognised. The calibre of nominees for the Health and Wellbeing Award were particularly outstanding with judges spending a great deal of time in deliberation.
“I congratulate all the finalists and look forward to them and other members of our communities coming together to celebrate their collective achievements at the 2019 Honour Awards ceremony.”
Four finalists from each category will join over 300 attendees including a host of media, entertainment, government, and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and celebration on Wednesday 2 October.
Guests will also be able to bid on fantastic silent auction which includes luxury holidays, jewellery, art, furniture, homewares, and 5-star dining, accommodation and entertainment packages.
HONOUR AWARDS 2019 CEREMONY & COCKTAIL PARTY
· Wednesday 2 October, 6pm – 11pm
· Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney
· $90 per person (incl. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés & entertainment)