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Top DJs Tony Moran & Brett Henrichsen team up for 2007 Winter Party Beach Party and CD

Date: 
February 12, 2007

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Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
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MIAMI, Feb. 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to announce that two of the nation’s top DJs — Tony Moran and Brett Henrichsen — will team up to play the world-famous Winter Party FestivalSM Beach Party as well as lend their talents to the official 2007 Winter Party CD.

Both artists are donating all their time and services in playing the main event on the beach on Sunday, March 4. In addition, Masterbeat will once again produce and distribute the official CD and is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the CD to the Task Force. The CD will be mixed by DJ Brett Henrichsen and will include several exclusive mixes from Tony Moran that are unavailable elsewhere.

“We are thrilled, honored and grateful to both Tony and Brett for their extraordinary generosity to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” said Matt Foreman, the Task Force’s executive director. “Their collaboration will guarantee an unforgettable day not only for the more than 5,000 people at this year’s Beach Party, but for thousands more who will experience it through the CD.”
 
“The Winter Party FestivalSM is not only an amazing and fun event, it also supports vital services for our community. I’m proud to help make it a success and to work with Brett,” said Tony Moran.

“As a longtime friend and admirer of Tony Moran’s, I am thrilled we are working together for such a great cause,” said Brett Henrichsen, who also owns the Masterbeat label. “I’m also excited to announce that Masterbeat will be donating 100 percent of the sales of the Winter Party CD to the Task Force in recognition of everything the Task Force has done for our community. The CD will include several of Tony’s private mixes and will be the ultimate souvenir of this incredible event.”

The Task Force assumed responsibility for the Winter Party FestivalSM in 2005 and donates two-thirds of the proceeds from the event to organizations serving Miami-Dade’s LGBT community. Since its inception in 1995, the Winter Party and the annual Miami Recognition Dinner have generated $1.5 million to support the Miami-Dade LGBT community.

Tony Moran has been a major contributor to the dance and pop music scene for many years. He has written and remixed for Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, George Michael, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, Britney Spears, and many others. At the same time, he has never left the turntables and has played virtually every major dance party from Carnival in Rio to Alegria in New York to past Winter Party Beach Parties.

Brett Henrichsen started the Masterbeat label in 1996 with the goal of allowing the gay community to “take home the music” from dance events around the country. The Masterbeat brand quickly became a worldwide success and has released more than 60 compilations, including CDs for events such as Winter Party, White Party and Gay Days. Henrichsen took his passion for dance music to the next level by becoming a DJ in 2000. He has gone on to play at every major event and club in the country and achieved international stardom by spinning in London, Amsterdam, Brazil and headlining Sydney’s Mardi Gras, the largest dance event in the world.

To purchase the CD: The CD will be released under the Winter Party FestivalSM trademark owned by the Task Force. It will be available online ($15 in advance), at the Winter Party Welcome Center from Feb. 28 to March 3, 2007, ($20) and from Masterbeat at www.masterbeat.com. Go to www.winterparty.com to purchase Winter Party FestivalSM event tickets now!

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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.