Table Captains & First Mates

Dance-Along Nutcracker 2011 – Gala Table Captains and First Mates

Table Captains and First Mates are the heart of fundraising for the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Each Table Captain strives to fill a table of 8 (or you can be a Table First Mate and fill a table of 4!), creating their own guest list and spending an inspirational evening surrounded with friends and family. As a “thank you” for helping to support the drive for the band, Table Captains are listed on our website and program as sponsors at the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ level and Table First Mates are listed at the ‘Arabian Dancer’ level.

Register as a Table Captain or First Mate

It’s easy! You can register as a table captain or first mate either online or by phone:


  • Register Online Now 

By Phone

  • Call (415) 533-6347.

Being a Table Captain or First Mate

Now that you have shown your commitment to helping out the band, here are some tips to help you prepare a guest list and develop an informed and entertaining experience for them.

Organizing a Table

Filling your table begins with extending the invitation. Invite friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, or whoever else you feel may enjoy one of the most fun holiday shows EVER. The best invitation for your guests is a personal one. Invite them in person, by telephone, or e-mail. The most important thing is to extend the invitation.

Start Early! Don’t wait until the last minute. People’s calendars fill up quickly; especially for the holidays. Getting on their schedules earlier will give you the highest likelihood of successfully filling your table. Even if they don’t buy the tickets right away, your potential guests will be aware of the Dance-Along Nutcracker® and of your desire to have them attend.

Why Guests Should Attend

Let them know that this is the band’s major fundraiser every year and by attending, they are helping the band continue to do what they do – spreading music, creating music opportunities and promoting LGBT visibility through music.  If you’d like to know more about the band, check out the official band’s mission statement.

Beyond making an impact on our future, the Dance-Along Nutcracker® is a fun and energizing evening.  The pre-party and dancing during the show will be the highlight of your holiday season. The people at your table, and throughout the event, will be great company. And, they’ll walk away from the evening knowing that they’re contributing to an amazing community group.

How Your Guests Choose to Sit with You

As you get people to commit, just tell them that an envelope with your name on it will be waiting for you in the lobby at a special table before the show.  Just ask your guests to arrive, go to the check-in table, give the person your name and they will pull the tickets out for your guests.  It’s as easy as that!