The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner Breaks Fundraising & Attendance Records

November 12, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hosted its sold-out 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner, “Sparkle,” presented by Wells Fargo, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Saturday, November 9, 2013. This annual fundraising event honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to the social, cultural, political and humanitarian needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

This year’s honorees included famed actor, author and social justice activist George Takei and civic leader Joseph L. Falk. The event also included a special performance by Kristine W, the famed dance diva. Local favorite DJ Reddy provided the entertainment at the after-party along with performers from Palace South Beach.

More than 50 sponsors and underwriters and and a sold-out crowd of over 850 guests contributed to another record-breaking year for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual dinner. While the numbers are still being tallied, the event is expected to have grossed more than $600,000.

A number of influential guests attended the dinner, including Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41); Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23); and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey.

Brad Carlson, co-chair of the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner and a member of the Task Force’s board of directors says, “We couldn’t be more excited about breaking records this year and filling the room to maximum capacity. And we couldn’t be more grateful to the all companies and individuals who sponsored the event, the people who bought tickets and the volunteers who gave so much time and heart. This is true collaboration and celebration of community.”

The 2013 National Leadership Award recipient was George Takei, an outspoken advocate for civil rights best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. The 2013 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award was presented to Joseph L. Falk, a tireless supporter of the LGBT community and member of local, statewide and national LGBT organizations.

Launched in 1997, the Miami Recognition Dinner has become a vital source of funding for organizations serving the LGBT community. Over the past 17 years, the Dinner and its sister event, the Winter Party Festival, have raised approximately $2.85 million for South Florida grassroots LGBT organizations. The Task Force donates the majority of the net proceeds to The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund, which re-grants the money to local organizations. To date, 50 South Florida nonprofits have received grants from the Fund.

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