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Drexel Sponsors “Courage to Stand” On June 1st

SACRAMENTO, CA, May 30, 2012

Laptop displaying the Innovate welcome screen

Courage to Stand will feature members of the armed services who will share their stories of living under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy. The gala will be styled after an officer's club cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres and hosted wine. Sacramento's newest and most grand boutique hotel, the Citizen Hotel on J Street, sets the stage for an evening of personal accounts of life as a uniformed member of the United States military forced to comply with the discriminatory policy.

International opera singer Zachary Gordin and pianist Jim Jordan will perform a special musical dedication, adapted from poetry by Walt Whitman and composed by Clint Brozoni.

The event will also feature a very special appearance by Jeff Wilfahrt, the father of SPC Andrew Wilfarht who was the first openly gay US soldier to die in combat since President Obama certified the repeal of the military's DADT policy.

This black tie/dress blue optional event will kick off Sacramento Pride's weekend of activities and is intended to publicly celebrate the service of LGBT service members, past and present, for their unwavering commitment to preserving freedom for all in the face of adversity.

Individual tickets as well as weekend stay packages can purchased at www.saccenter.org/courage-to-stand.

Learn more about The Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center at www.SacCenter.org.