Night at the Pier 2015

Family Equality Council is proud to present 2015 Night at the Pier, our premier East Coast event aimed at connecting the growing New York community of LGBTQ-headed families and supporters as well as advancing efforts to create equality for all families. 

Family Equality Council will welcome LGBTQ parents, allies, and honorees on May 11, 2015, to Pier Sixty for an evening including live performances and appearances by notables in the world of arts, entertainment, politics, and the LGBTQ movement.


Lee Daniels

Academy Award nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor, providing audiences with a unique and refreshing experience and character insight with each of his projects (including this year’s smash hit TV show Empire, as well as films such as Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler). Lee is also an openly gay father of twins.


William Hibsher

This year’s Hostetter-Habib Family Award recipient, Bill is Senior Counsel at Bryan Cave and a longtime advocate for LGBTQ civil rights. Years ago, Bill spearheaded the relationship between Bryan Cave and Family Equality Council, which has now a vital backbone the organization: 100+ attorneys have provided over $1,000,000 worth of legal services to FEC over the years. This pro bono work includes drafting the Voices of Children briefs (soon to file our 18th brief!), legislative monitoring, and researching our federal forms project, to name a few.

Event Chairs 

Frank Bua
Bruce Cohen
William Sherr

Vice Chairs 

Primavera Salvá

Honorary Chairs 

Nick Scandalios, Daryl Roth, Jenna Wolfe

Host Committee

Keith Beebe & Peter Edwards • Allen & Stuart Bell • Kim & Natalie Bergman • Matthew Bernstein & Carey Malloy • Phil & Odile Birsh • Gabriel Blau and Dylan Stein • Mordcai Blau • Chely & Lauren Blitzer-Wright • Katia Bouazza & Primavera Salvá • Erica & Marek Bowers • Paul Brennan & Paulo Pacheco • Bryan Bridges & Dotan Limon • Jay & Valerie Brown • Richard Burns • Frank Bua & Scott Carroll • Luigi Caiola & Sean McGill • Gregg Cartagine & Reed Chaikin • Anthony Chiafullo & Adam Gindi • Bruce Cohen & Gabe Catone • Meg Columbia-Walsh • Mark Corpron • Scott Davenport & Bradley Dodson • Michael Doyle • Scott Ellis & Scott Drummond • Brian Esser & Kevin O’Leary • Clifford Finn • Rembrandt Flores & Peter Philipp Wingsoe • Steven Frank & Mark Lerner • Steven Fuchs & Brian Lancaster • Tim & Mark FunkMeyer • Daniel Gallagher & Peter Shearer • Laurie Goldheim • Alex Habib & Mark Hostetter • Will Halm & Marcellin Simard • RoseAnn & George Hermann • Perez Hilton & Family • Gregg Kaminsky & Kelli Carpenter • Darla Kashian & Sam Grosby • Paige Koudijs • Ira Kustin • Mark Leondires & Greg Zola • Robert Levine & Abraham Dweck • Fran Lichtman & Randy Rabney • Mike Lubin • Brian Maloney & Stelian Serban • Jamie Marks & Mark Scott • Ron & Gregory Poole-Dayan • Karen Primack & Joan Segall • Emily & Justin Rann • Nathan Richardson • Seth Rosen & Jacob Goertz • Sam Rosenblatt & Mario Dandrea • Daryl & Steven Roth • Jordan Roth & Richie Jackson • Barbara Ryan & Suzanne Iasenza • Nick Scandalios & Ric Swezey • Brian Sheerin & Ken Weissenberg • William Sherr & Estevan Garcia • Josephine Skriver • Alan Van Capelle & Matthew Morningstar • Richard Vaughn & Tommy Woelfel • Hector Vazquez & James Stawniczy • Janet Weinberg • Jason Weinberg & Merritt Johnson • Christian Wilson & John Culbertson


Nick Hanzel
Deputy Director of Development


Gold Sponsors

McGill Caiola Family

Daryl & Steven Roth



Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors