'Modern Family' star gets award in Dallas

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Posted on November 13, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 13 at 10:06 AM

DALLAS — The nation's largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender fundraiser happened Saturday night at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas.

The 30th annual Black Tie Dinner brought out some familiar TV faces. News 8 Daybreak's Ron Corning was there to present the organization's 2011 Media Award to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who stars in ABC's hit "Modern Family,"  for bringing media attention to the LGBT community.

Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett on the show, a gay parent raising a little girl with his partner.

"You know, parents relate to all types of parents — whether they be gay or straight," Ferguson said. "We present Mitchell and Cameron as just being new parents who are trying to figure thier way to being new parents."

Other stars were also there supporting the cause, including comedian Caroline Rhea and actress Marlee Matlin.

About 3,000 people attended the Black Tie Dinner, which was projected to raise $1.5 million to benefit LGBT organizations and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

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