October 6th, 2018

Each year Diversity Collective Ventura County host a Diversity Gala Awards Ceremony where we honor and recognize individual community members and organizations who have done exceptional work in Ventura County over the last year within the LGBTQ community and around HIV and AIDS. Please stay tuned for this year's award recipient announcement. Each year Diversity Collective VC also awards our youth honorees with a $250.00 or $500.00 scholarship. If you would like to sponsor the cost and have your name mentioned as the scholarship provider please contact: joseph@diversitycollective.org 

The Gala will be hosted once again in the lovely Heritage Square located in downtown Oxnard on Saturday, October 6th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.    

Guest will enjoy our third annual "Taste the Ventura County Rainbow" event featuring LGBTQ owned and ally businesses serving all the food and adult beverages you can taste included in your ticket price. Signed on so far: La Dolce Vita Ristorante,  Anacapa Brewing Company, Paddy's Ventura, Waterloo Cellars, Institution Ale, Yankee Doodle Bakery, Lil Mo Cakes, and Capriccio, Inc.            

Entertainment will be hosted by Monique Gonzalez, featuring Loud and Queer artist.

Gala Sponsors, Premier America Credit Union, Diane Von Heyneman, The City of Oxnard, JP Morgan Chase and Co., Pedro A. Chavez and Francisco S. Estrada. Youth Scholarships sponsored by, Dina Pielaet, Narissa Petchumrus, Eric Sonstegard, and the Diversity Gala Committee.         

DMG Photo Booth with complimentary gala photos sponsored by Premier America Credit Union.   

All proceeds raised at our annual gala go to sustain the Community Resource Center and its staff. We just celebrated our first year of bringing vital life-saving and life-enhancing services to the LGBTQ+ community in the county. To help us reach our fundraising goal we will have an exceptional silent and live auction. If you, your business, or company would like to be featured in our auction please contact: tess.allen@diversitycollective.org or call 805-644-5428 


Every year Diversity Collective fills numerous tables with youth and or community members who may need financial assistance to attend. To sponsor a youth or community member please see ticket link.       

For your tailored sponsorship package and or information about sponsorship contact: joseph@diversitycollective.org or call 805-644-5428 



                                                                                                                                          Photos by Stepanie Grey and Kaiden Wilde 


Diversity Collective Ventura County is a community based non profit 501c3 organization.  Promoting advocacy, education, and mental and physical health for the LGBTQ community in Ventura County, California via our community resource center, programs and community events. We are the parent organization of Ventura County Pride, AIDS Walk Ventura and The Diversity Gala. All proceeds raised through fundraising efforts go to fund DCVC and it's community programs.


DIVERSITY GALA 2017                                                                
 Award Recipients                                                             Taste the Ventura County Rainbow       

Youth Community Service Award                                          Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar 

Anthony Palomera                                                                        La Dolce Vita Ristorante 
Corporate Community Ally                                                                  El Pollo Loco 

Amgen ANGLE                                                                                      Anacapa Brewery 
Community Ally Service Award                                                          Tony's Pizzeria  

Deanna McFadden                                                                        Palermo Coffee and Gelato

Community Hero Award                                                                Dominick's Italian Resturant 
Doctor John G Prichard 

Margaret Friis 

Steve Somann                                                                          Special Thanks To our Sponsors  
Community Service Award                                                         Premier America Credit Union

Vicente Torres                                                                                        Diane Von Heyneman 

 Linda Martinez Truax                                                                                           City of Oxnard / Heritage Square 

 Loni Kate English                                                                                                                 Francisco Estrada 

Vanguard Award                                                                                        Pedro Chavez  

Joseph Summers                                                                                             Amgen 

                                                                                                                 DMG Photo Booth