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Task Force Presents Record-Breaking Donation to the Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund

Date: 
August 07, 2013

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Proceeds from Winter Party Festivals and Annual Recognition Dinners
Reach $1.65 Million in Total Contributions Since 2005

MIAMI, Aug. 7 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force announced today that it has donated a record-breaking $249,812 to The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund. The donation represents two-thirds of the combined net proceeds from the 2013 Winter Party Festival and the 16th annual Recognition Dinner, both of which are held in Miami Beach. These proceeds will be distributed to local LGBT organizations via Foundation grants with the remainder of the proceeds going to the Task Force’s national efforts to achieve full LGBT equality.

“It is the Task Force’s mission to build the power of the LGBT community from the ground up,” said Rea Carey, the Task Force’s Executive Director. “We are delighted that these extraordinary celebrations have raised so much money to fund vital programs that support the South Florida community.”

The donation amount exceeds the previous record set last year by over $37,000. Over the years — through the Winter Party Festival and the Miami Recognition Dinner — the Task Force has contributed approximately $1.65 million to South Florida grassroots LGBT organizations.

To date, donations from the Task Force have resulted in grants made to 48 local organizations. This year’s grant recipients will be announced on September 16, 2013.

The 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner, “Sparkle,” will be held November 9, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The 2014 Winter Party Festival will be March 5 – 10 at venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

“We look forward to welcoming you to our Miami Recognition Dinner and the Winter Party Festival. With your support, we can break this year’s fund-raising record and create even more change from the grass roots up,” Carey said.

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About The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. Visit www.thetaskforce.org for more information.

About GLBT Community Projects Fund:

The GLBT Community Projects Fund is a unique partnership between The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In 2005, the Task Force assumed leadership for producing two signature events for Greater Miami’s GLBT community—the Winter Party Festival in the spring and the Miami Recognition Dinner in the fall. Thanks to the efforts of local GLBT leaders, a share of the proceeds from these events stays in the local community through a Fund established at the Miami Foundation. Visit www.miamifoundation.org for more information.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country's premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. © 2013, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. TTY 202.393.2284. theTaskForce@theTaskForce.org.