This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the LGBT Center of Central PA invites you to join us in Celebrating a Legacy of Resistance and Resilience at FAB 2019!

On Saturday, September 21 we will gather at the Hershey Lodge for an inspiring evening to celebrate this milestone year in our LGBTQ+ movement, reflect on the groundbreaking work of Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and other Stonewall activists who led the resistance, and honor those in our communities who are carrying on this critical work today.

To highlight the work that activists across Pennsylvania have been engaged in over the past five decades, the LGBT History Project’s The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania exhibit will be on display, showcasing both the political struggles and the personal stories.

We hope that you will join us for a fun and fabulous evening! Joy is resistance, and as we continue to strive towards our vision of inspiring LGBTQ+ people across identities for collective liberation, we know how important it is to pause to celebrate what we’ve accomplished, honor those who have made a special impact, and foster the connections that make us resilient.


This year’s FAB 2019 awardees are each doing incredible work, and we are so pleased to honor them as they are continuing the legacy of resistance and resilience in our communities today.

Movement Leadership Award: Ciora Thomas

This award recognizes an individual, group, or organization whose work at the statewide or national level is advancing LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion within our movement, and provides a model for us to strive towards in our work in Central PA.

Ciora Thomas is a Pittsburgh native, and founder and President of Sisters PGH. Developed in 2013, her organization advocates for transgender rights within the social and economic realms in order to continue the demarginalization and equality of the trans communities of Pittsburgh. SisTers PGH has opened a drop-in space for trans and nonbinary people, where they are able to obtain resources and temporary housing through the organization - with a plan to gain employment in order to transition into permanent affordable housing.

Legacy Award: Shaashawn Dial 

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and personal dedication over a significant period of time in furthering the work of LGBTQ+ communities in Central PA.

Shaashawn Dial completed six years of service on the Board of Directors for the LGBT Center of Central PA, where she served as Nominations and Development Chair, Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President. Shaashawn just completed a year of service as the Co-Vice Chair of Governor Wolf’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the first commission of its kind in the nation. Shaashawn served for two years as the Director of Equity and Affirmative Action & Staff Liaison to the Harrisburg Human Relations Commission (HHRC) for the City of Harrisburg. As of September 3, 2019, she will serve as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Stephens College, an all womyn’s college; her undergraduate alma mater.

Local Spotlight Award: Dr. Katharine Dalke 

This award recognizes an individual, group, or organization whose work is significantly contributing to building connected, engaged, and resilient LGBTQ+ communities in Central PA.

Katharine B. Dalke, MD, is a psychiatrist at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education at the Penn State College of Medicine. Her clinical practice focuses on the psychiatric care and support of LGBTQ+ and intersex adolescents and adults, and she is helping to establish an integrated clinic for transgender youth at Hershey Children's. Dr. Dalke is also responsible for developing curricula to train medical learners to provide culturally competent care for patients from diverse backgrounds.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Ely Taylor & Kay LaFaille 

This award recognizes an individual who has dedicated a significant amount of their personal time and energy as a volunteer to further the work of the LGBT Center of Central PA.

Ely Taylor is a black agender femme artist from Harrisburg, PA. They believe in education through visibility and in utilizing their privilege as an openly transgender person to raise awareness on trans issues. Ely is passionate about community building and mental health. They are a Transgender Training Institute Certified trainer and since 2018, have served as a facilitator leading the trans and non-binary support group, Passageways, at the LGBT Center in Harrisburg. Driven by the belief that art can create positive and long-lasting change, Ely is a volunteer Co-Director of the LGBT Center of Central PA’s ARTS of PA program.

Kay LaFaille is a queer and trans/non-binary drag performer who uses the stage name “Luna Rubbish”. They were born and raised in York, PA, and recently moved to Harrisburg, PA to focus on advocacy work. Kay is a facilitator of the Passageways trans and non-binary support group at the LGBT Center of Central PA. They are also a volunteer Co-Founder and Co-Director of the LGBT Center’s ARTS of PA program in collaboration with their colleagues, Dre Ceja and Ely Taylor. Kay is inspired by other non-binary drag performers as well as other powerful trans folks in their community.

Rising Star Award: GLO Youth Advisory Board 

This award recognizes an individual or group who has recently emerged as a leader, and has begun to make their mark within our local LGBTQ+ communities in Central PA through significant contributions in a short period of time.

GLO’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of young and dynamic queer men and trans women of color from the Harrisburg area ranging in age from 14 to 29. These youth and young adult leaders represent communities that battle not only significant stigma surrounding gender, sexuality, and the expression thereof, but also the social and economic stressors that too often characterize the lives of black and brown people. They are pioneers in the City of Harrisburg, advising partner organizations on how best to serve their communities and proudly working to establish a safe, affirming space for queer LGBTQ+ youth of color. The current YAB includes Isaiah Morris, Yonna Hicks, and six other young people, and is growing every month!

Ciora Thomas She/Her

Shaashawn Dial She/Her

Dr. Dalke She/Her

Ely Taylor They/Them

Kay LaFaille They/Them

GLO Youth Advisory Board


5:00 p.m. - VIP Reception: Enjoy champagne, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar & silent auction with the awardees and other VIP guests!

6:00 p.m. - Regular Reception: Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cash bar & silent auction with other guests.

6:30 p.m. - Doors Open to Ballroom: Make your way to your table!

6:45 p.m. - Welcome: Our emcee, Ja’Nae Tyler, will give some opening remarks.

7:00 p.m. - Dinner is Served: Enjoy dinner and conversation at your tables!

  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Choice of: Garlic Grilled Chicken Breast with Potato Caponata, Balsamic Jus OR Open Faced Ravioli: Gluten Free Pasta Sheets, Wild Mushroom-White Bean Ragout, Roasted Plum Tomato, Herb Broth (Vegan, Gluten-Free) 
  • Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake

7:30 p.m. - Program: Celebrate 50 years of Stonewall, our FAB 2019 awardees, and the work of the LGBT Center of Central PA.

9:00 p.m. - Celebration: Enjoy music, dancing, cash bars & silent auction!

9:30 p.m. - Silent Auction closes.

This is a formal event, but not black tie - so feel free to wear whatever makes you feel fabulous!


Regular-priced tickets can be purchased from July 21 - September 18:

Regular Tickets - $125

VIP Tickets - $175

Table of 10 (Regular Tickets) - $900

Table of 10 (VIP Tickets) - $1,400

VIP tickets include the opportunity to attend the VIP reception with complimentary champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and an opportunity to mingle with the awardees and other VIPs prior to the regular reception - and first look at the silent auction items!

We want to make this event as accessible as possible, so we do have sponsored tickets available! If you would like to attend but the cost is a barrier, please contact us at, and we will work with you individually. Thank you!

Payment may be made online or by check addressed to "LGBT Center of Central PA" with “FAB" in the memo line and mailed to 1306 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.

FAB is a vital source of funding for the LGBT Center of Central PA as we foster inclusive communities and holistic well-being for LGBTQ+ people through social, educational, and cultural engagement. We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!


Thank you so much to our sponsors, whose generosity provides vital support to the LGBT Center’s work fostering inclusive communities and holistic well-being for LGBTQ+ people!

Corporate Allies 2019

Businesses who sponsor the LGBT Center on an annual basis provide critical support for our daily work creating affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, trangender and non-binary people, queer and trans people of color, and LGBTQ+ older adults.

Thank you so much to our 2019 Corporate Allies for your ongoing support of our work!



FAB 2019 Sponsors

Event sponsorships for FAB 2019 are now available! If you are interested in supporting the LGBT Center’s work and gaining visibility for your company at our signature fundraising event, please review our Sponsorship Levels and contact Amanda L. Arbour, Executive Director, at or 717-920-9534. Thank you!

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