Award Winning Comedian Alec Mapa and Broadway Singer Judy Kuhn to Perform at Annual Miami Awards Gala

MIAMI, FL, September 23, 2016—Award-winning comedian Alec Mapa will serve as the emcee at the 2016 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami. Judy Kuhn, the four-time Tony award nominee, will also perform at the fundraising awards event set to take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. 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.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Broadway sensation Judy Kuhn and television actor and comedian Alec Mapa to Miami’s biggest night of the year. We encourage everyone to join us as we mark 20 years of this fabulous event and toast the significant achievements we’ve made to advance equality for LGBTQ people this past year,” said Russell Roybal, deputy executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force.

Mapa is best known for his reoccurring roles and guest appearances in the hit television shows “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Friends,” “Roseanne,” “NYPD Blue,” “Seinfeld,” and “Melrose Place.” He has also performed to sold out houses in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto. Kuhn, who sang the title role in Disney’s “Pocahontas,” has performed on concert stages around the world including in the Broadway musicals “She Loves Me,” “Chess, “Les Miserables,” and “Rags.” She recently concluded her run in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of the musical “Fun Home” and will join “Fiddler on the Roof” in a starring role in November.

Mapa and Kuhn will join gala 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



Jorge Amaro

Media and Public Relations Director