ABCâs Sam Champion to be honored at the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala in Miami
MIAMI-FL, August 8, 2016: The National LGBTQ Task Force is thrilled to announce that Sam Champion will be honored at the 2018 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami. The annual fundraising event will take place at 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 6, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Sam Champion is a five-time Emmy and Peabody award winning anchor best-known for his work on Good Morning America, where he became the first morning news anchor to come out publicly. He played a key role reporting live coverage from some of Americaâs most consequential environmental catastrophes, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Super Storm Sandy. In addition to being one of the countryâs most trusted anchors, Sam is a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. He has raised awareness of HIV prevention, was a recipient of the Human Rights Campaignâs Visibility Award, and he was one of the first openly gay news personalities in the world.
Champion stated that, âThe day we announced our engagement on the number one morning show in America, I thought for the next few years, the LGBTQ community would only need visibility to continue moving forward to true equality in this country. Today thatâs only partly true. Many peopleâs rights are being quietly stripped away under the diversion of âchaos politics.â We need to be visible, but also loud, proud, and together. I am proud to be with you at this yearâs Gala and everyday moving forward to protect our hard fought rights for future generations.â Today Sam enjoys time with his husband Rubem Robierb while guest hosting frequently on Good Morning America.
âSam Champion broke ground for many in the news industry when he came out, and we applaud him for his efforts,â said Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force. âWe honor his commitment to our community and his work, especially right now when media is continuously unfairly disparaged by our own government. The Task Force supports the press in its important work to report the truth.â
âItâs wonderful to honor Sam Champion, someone who has given so much of himself to support important LGBTQ causes,â said Josue Santiago, Gala Chair. âMiami loves having Sam as one of our own, and we are grateful for his bold leadership in the media and in the LGBTQ community. Sam represents what so many of us aspire to achieve: stellar work, fulfilling life, and giving back.â
The National LGBTQ Task Force looks forward to honoring Champion at this yearâs Gala. In May, the National LGBTQ Task Force announced that local South Florida heroes and community leaders Charles Million and Tim Nardi will receive the 2018 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at the Gala.
Individual tickets to the awards gala are $450 and include an intimate cocktail reception, a gourmet three-course dinner, and the awards ceremony, as well as live music entertainment. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items. Proceeds from the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala â Miami and the Winter Party Festival support the National LGBTQ Task Forceâs work to secure full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people and their families. A significant portion of the proceeds is donated to The Miami Foundationâs LGBTQ Community Fund and distributed to multiple organizations serving the LGBTQ community in South Florida.
For sponsorship information and to purchase tickets, please visit us online at: www.thetaskforcegala.org.