Broadway Singer Beth Malone to Perform at Annual Miami Awards Gala
MIAMI, FL, November 2, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Broadway singer Beth Malone will be performing live at the 2016 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami. Malone, who earned a Tony nomination for the leading role of Alison in the 2015 Tony Award winning musical “Fun Home,” will join hundreds of attendees at the fundraising awards event set to take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The must-attend event was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 8 but was rescheduled for November 19 due to the unpredictable impact of Hurricane Matthew. The annual gala honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the efforts to expand basic rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.
“Beth Malone is not only an extremely talented singer but also a champion for LGBTQ equality,” said Russell Roybal, deputy executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force. “We’re ecstatic she’ll be able to join us to celebrate 20 years of this fabulous event and toast the significant achievements we’ve made to advance equality for LGBTQ people this past year.”
Malone made her Broadway debut as June Carter Cash in “Ring of Fire” in 2006. She has also performed in other critically-acclaimed musicals such as “Bingo,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Sister Act,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Also in attendance at the annual fundraising gala will be comedian Alec Mapa and James Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v Hodges) that upheld the constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry. Mapa, who is best known for his recurring roles and guest appearances in the hit television shows “Ugly Betty” and “Desperate Housewives,” will serve as the emcee at the Miami gala.
Malone, Mapa, and Obergefell will join event attendees in honoring Broadway producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley with the National Leadership Award for their work to support LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS. Earlier this year, in response to the Pulse Orlando Night Club shooting, Rudetsky and Wesley brought the Broadway community together to sing, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” to raise funds benefiting the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. The Miami Herald’s Steve Rothaus will be presented with the 2016 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award for his work dedicated to reporting on issues affecting LGBTQ people.
Tickets to the awards gala are $450 and include access to the hosted cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, awards ceremony and after-party. To purchase a ticket and for sponsorship information, please visit: www.thetaskfocegala.org.
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