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Former President Bill Clinton makes surprise appearance at Miami fund-raiser for National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Date: 
November 06, 2006

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MIAMI, Nov. 6 — Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at Saturday’s 10th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner, a benefit for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presented by Merrill Lynch, where he wowed the 650-plus-crowd. Clinton, who was in South Florida to campaign for Democratic candidates, arrived at the event around 8 p.m., where he proceeded to greet NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, one of the evening’s honorees, and then shake hands with numerous attendees.

The 10th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner honored Bond, who received the evening's National Leadership Award, and local honorees TWN and philanthropist Bob Cole, recipient of the Miami Herald Humanitarian Award. In his keynote address, Bond lambasted the tactics of opponents of marriage equality for same-sex couples. The event raised more than $270,000, two-thirds of which will be donated by the Task Force to organizations serving the Miami-Dade LGBT community.

Read Julian Bond’s speech from the Miami Recognition Dinner.

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NAACP Chairman Julian Bond with former President Bill Clinton at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Nov. 4 Miami Recognition Dinner.
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Courtesy Brett Hufziger, www.bhuf.com


Former President Bill Clinton greets an excited crowd at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Nov. 4 Miami Recognition Dinner.
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Courtesy Brett Hufziger, www.bhuf.com

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.