Hyatt Newport Beach
Indigo Ball: May 6th, 2023


Join the LGBTQ Center OC for Indigo Ball 2023 presented by U.S. Bank! Join us Saturday May 6th at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for an evening filled with entertainment, connection, and celebration of the life-changing work our organization has provided for our community.

These last few years have tested the strength of our LGBTQ family, and reminded us the work we do is needed as much today as it was fifty years ago. The LGBTQ Center OC is still here. For advocacy, community, human rights and more- we got you.

Check out our event page to learn more about Indigo Ball and follow us @lgbtqcenteroc for more updates!

Sponsorship Information: Looking to become a sponsor for this event? Contact Chandelle Loop at or see our sponsorship packet below!

Event Details 

5:00 PM VIP + Sponsor Champagne Check In

6:00 PM Check In + Cocktail Hour

7:05 PM Seating

7:15 PM Entertainment + Dinner Begins

7:30 PM Main Course

9:00 PM Silent Auction Closes

9:45 PM Event Ends & After Party

Indigo Ball 2023 Tickets Now Available! 

Purchase available tickets and packages HERE 

This is an outdoor event and includes complementary valet parking for the day of event (not overnight).

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Rd,Newport Beach, CA 92660

Dress Code: Black-tie highly encouraged, business casual also acceptable

Ambassador Award

John Mitchell

John Mitchell relocated to Orange County in 2001, making our community his home. Upon his arrival, he immediately contacted the LGBTQ Center OC to find out how he could get involved. From that moment, John has been one of our most active and engaged community members. He was once a member of the LGBTQ Center OC’s Young Professional’s Council and he has volunteered at several Center outreach events helping link community members to much
needed services. In addition to his volunteer work with the Center, John is a consistent supporter of Center events. John also supports and is actively involved with other organizations serving the LGBTQ Community in Orange County. He is an active volunteer and member of the Development
Committee, for Gay for Good and he serves as a member of Radiant Health Centers’ Board of Directors. In his professional life, John served as an Irvine Chapter Ambassador of his company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pride Community. He also helped launch the OC Rainbow Alliance Employee Resource Group and encouraged his colleagues from local companies to get involved. John attended the Riordan Leadership Institute in 2019 and joined his employer’s Non Profit Leadership Committee to learn how he can best support local nonprofits and he has put this knowledge to great work. John truly leads by example, demonstrating how one person can make a difference for so many people, in many different ways. He is truly an Ambassador of our LGBTQ Community in Orange County.

Torchbearer Award


Flint (they/them) is a nonbinary public high school teacher and social media content creator who has been working to foster a more patient, loving, and accepting world for queer youth in Orange County over the last ten years. Having grown up in south OC, Flint returned after college to teach in their hometown, where they have acted as a champion for queer student rights and support ever since. Throughout their tenure, they have propelled changes in the district’s nondiscrimination policy, overseen the drafting of a district-wide transition plan for trans and nonbinary students, worked in advocacy as an elected teachers union leader, and have mentored and supported countless students, parents, and teachers through the challenging waters of growing up and living in Orange County as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Perhaps most notably, Flint hosts a 200-title LGBTQ+ library that has been curated and well-loved by students of the school’s Queer Student Alliance for the last six years.

Undeterred, Flint’s advocacy continues to extend well beyond the classroom. In addition to acting as a frequent guest writer for the online queer publication Into More magazine, Flint is also often a guest on parenting podcasts such as “Camp Wild Heart” and “Come to Mama,” and co-hosts their own podcast “Two Trans Teachers” with colleague and friend Skye Tooley. Online, Flint publishes social media content on TikTok under the moniker @justflintisfine for their 165,000 followers relating to queer life and culture, the joys of “mostly harmless teenage weirdness”, and the uniquely strange experience of public school teaching as an openly nonbinary educator. Their content, shared widely in both education and queer circles, is often made in partnership with organizations like National Education Association, Parents Together, and the It Gets Better Project. 


Mayhem Miller is BACK to host our 2023 Indigo Ball presented by U.S. Bank! Mayhem Miller is an OC native, drag performer, and actor who is best known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. We are thrilled to have her return to the Indigo Ball stage and spend this fabulous night with our community.

Ashley Ventri 

Ashley Ventri is a full time musician with over 30+ years of performing experience both in music and multiple dance forms. Her resume includes gigging at various venues, teaching students of all ages, church accompanist, children’s musical theater director, and a studio singer. She was classically trained for voice (6+ yrs) in her youth and continues to further her technique through every performance. Her band, Soul Venture, has been playing the local So Cal scene entertaining a variety of audiences. She is the current manager and books for weddings, corporate parties, private events, festivals, memorial services, lgbtqia+ events, etc. Their sound mainly consists of soul, funk, motown, jazz, alternative, rock and pop.

Learn more about Ashley Ventri and Soul Venture on Instagram: @Avsoulventure

Kirsten Vangsness

The LGBTQ Center OC is happy to announce Kirsten Vangsness as our special guest for Indigo Ball 2023 presented by U.S. Bank! Kirsten is famously known for her role as Penelope Garcia in the hit tv series Criminal Minds and for being a local Santa Ana business owner of the Blinking Owl Distillery! Having grown up in Orange County and being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, she is familiar of the challenges our community faces everyday.

More Details Coming Soon,,,

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Rooms Now Available for Indigo Ball 2023!

Joining us for Indigo Ball 2023? Why not make it a weekend getaway at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. Reservations are now open for hotel rooms the night of our event (or longer if you wish to extend your stay!). Get ready and celebrate at our gala all in one place!  

Our room offer starts at $215 plus taxes and fees (multiple night stays are permitted) 

Reserve a Room Here!

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