2018 Gala Program


Disability Rights Advocates: 25 Years
Thursday, October 25, 2018



Srin Madipalli
Founder, Accomable
Product Manager, Airbnb

Award Presentation

And Jenny Lay-Flurrie
Chief Accessibility Officer
Presented By Jillian Mercado, Model, IMG



Sid Wolinsky
Co-Founder And Managing Director, Disability Rights Advocates


Larry Paradis Legacy Fund


Sasha Blair-Goldensohn
Software Engineer, Google

DRA Support

Srin Madipalli, Jillian Mercado & Hoby Wedler


About Microsoft Accessibility

Microsoft is working to provide accessible technology and promote an inclusive culture companywide to help ensure our products effectively meet the needs of all of our customers. With more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, Microsoft believes accessibility and inclusion are essential to delivering on our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About The Larry Paradis Legacy Fund

With the blessing of co-founder Larry Paradis’s family, DRA established the Larry Paradis Legacy Fund in 2016. Funds donated to the Legacy Fund go directly to support high-risk, high-impact cases which will be carried out by DRA in Larry’s honor. Our goal is to establish the Larry Paradis Legacy Fund in perpetuity so that DRA can continue to bring bold cases that set new, important, replicable precedents—benefitting millions of people with disabilities across the nation.


First Course

Chioggia and Golden Beet Napoleon
Laura Chenel goat cheese, roasted hazelnut, baby frisee, basil coulis

Entrée — Pre-Selected Choice Of

Short Ribs of Beef “Bourguignon”
mashed potatoes, sautéed crimini mushrooms, smoked pancetta, baby carrots, pearl onions, red wine sauce
Red Lentil and Kabocha Squash Cake
coconut curry sauce, vegetable salad

Dessert — Alternating Selection

Flourless Chocolate Cake
raspberry jelly, milk chocolate mousse, chocolate feuilletine
Poached Pear Frangipane Tart
spiced wine reduction sauce, candied nuts, cinnamon ice cream


Justice Seekers

Colleen & Robert B. Haas
Kasowitz Benson Torres

Rabble Rousers

Patricia Kirkpatrick & Sid Wolinsky


The California Endowment
Community Bank of the Bay
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
First Republic Bank
Friends & Family of Larry Paradis
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Janice L. Lehrer-Stein
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Scott & Christine Smigel


William F. Alderman
Loreen Arbus
Sasha Blair-Goldensohn
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Judy Fein
Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho
Barb Izzo
Karen Kaplowitz & Alan Cohen
Daniel S. Mason & Karen Jones-Mason
Outten & Golden LLP
Steven P. Ragland
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
Jeanine & Guy Saperstein
Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP
Shartsis Friese LLP
Dick Sherman — In Memory of Vicki DeGoff
U.S. Bank
Wells Fargo


David Alexander
Nana A. Antwi-Ansorge & Josef Ansorge
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer
Linda Dardarian & Terry Carroll
Melissa “echo” Greenlee — deaffriendly.com
Ernest Galvan & Elizabeth Carty
Edward Gildea & Martha Bayliss
Kate Hamilton & Daniel Martinez de la Vega
Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood
Kathi Pugh & Josh Maddox
Seagate Properties, Inc.
Michael P. Stanley
Summit Bank

Other Support

Photography provided by Studio FAB.
In-Kind Support by Michele Spitz, Woman of her Word Audio description