[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]1.[/dropcap] The Dinah Shore Weekend popularly known as The Dinah was created & produced by Mariah Hanson in 1990 under her Club Skirts marquee, and has been rocking Palm Springs for 22 years.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]2.[/dropcap] Welcoming some 15,000 women from all over the world to Palm Springs, California, to enjoy both the Nabisco Golf Tournament and The Club Skirts’ parties, The Dinah now is not only an event celebrating the tapestry of women around the world but also stands as a seminal Mecca for lesbians. It has been hailed by national media as the largest Lesbian event in the world.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]3.[/dropcap] In less than two decades Hanson parlayed a one-day small-scale event originally held at the Palm Springs museum into a 5-day, one-stop destination booking entire hotels, delivering spectacular comedy shows, massive dance parties, live concerts, activism, celebrity antics and games, and legendary pool parties.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]4.[/dropcap] Coinciding with the Ladies Professional Gold Association’s Kraft Nabisco Championship Golf Tournament (formerly the Dinah Shore Golf Championship), The Dinah is a MUST-DO rite of passage for lesbians, not to mention Palm Springs’ hottest ticket!
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]5.[/dropcap] The Dinah has become an inescapable event welcoming the biggest names in the music industry such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Dev & The Cataracs, The Pussy Cat Dolls, Colbie Caillat, India Arie, Pat Benatar, Natasha Bedingfield, The Indigo Girls, Chely Wright and Salt n’ Pepa, to name a few.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]6.[/dropcap] As seen on TV! Showtime’s “L Word” and “The Real L Word” have shot episodes on location at The Dinah. And cast members including Kate Meonnig, Alexandia Hedison, Jane Lynch, Laurel Holloman, Leisha Hailey, Rachel Shelly, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia, Elizabeth Keener have attended the event as celebrity guests.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]7.[/dropcap] The Dinah garnered impressive media coverage crossing over to mainstream with a cover story in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times, a feature story in Elle Magazine and Marie Claire International, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and a televised profile piece on NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.”.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]8.[/dropcap] Club Skirts The Dinah has exclusively secured the city owned Palm Springs Convention Center — the biggest concert venue of the city — for its legendary packed-house Saturday night party.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]9.[/dropcap] The Dinah has been securing sponsorships from major mainstream (non-LGBT affiliated) corporations. Budwieser, OB Tampons, Walmart, and Bacardi are just a few examples of sponsorship endorsements from recognizable leading top-global brands The Dinah continuously rallies.
[dropcap style=”font-size: 36px; color: #9A1D0D;”]10.[/dropcap] For each Dinah installment, Hanson also engagingly travails for the LGBT cause and for women. In previous years, The Dinah famously partnered with a variety of activist associations and charity organizations such as GLAAD, NOH8, Love is Louder, Equality California, and The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center among others.
Posted on November 12th, 2011 by Tristan.