Hundreds gathered Saturday night at the Hilton hotel near downtown Miami for the seventh annual Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce awards dinner, The Green Gala.
Honorees: Williamson Cadillac (AT&T Business of the Year award) to Ed & Carol Williamson, their son Trae and his partner, swimwear designer Daniel 'Red' Carter; Alison Burgos and Yesi Olivera-Leon of Pandora and Ultra Events (Hilton Business Persons of the Year); and SAVE (Not-for-profit of the Year).
Here are photos from the silent auction and cocktail reception preceding the dinner (to view pictures from the silent auction and cocktail reception, click here):
All photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff
Miss Elaine Lancaster welcomes the crowd to dinner.
Michael Vita, the chamber's secretary-treasurer.
Electra makes an appearance as Marilyn Monroe.
Electra and chamber President Steven Adkins.
Mr. Miami Beach, Michael Aller, the city's tourism and convention director.
Chamber President Steven Adkins.
Joe Lacher, retired president of BellSouth Florida, introduces the Williamson family.
Ed Williamson accepts Williamson Cadillac's award. With him are son Trae and his partner Daniel "Red" Carter, and wife Carol.
From left: Steven Adkins, Trae Williamson, Daniel "Red" Carter, Carol Williamson, Ed Williamson and Joe Lacher.
Attorney Elizabeth Schwartz introduces Alison Burgos and Yesi Olivera-Leon.
Alison Burgos and Yesi Olivera-Leon of Pandora and Ultra Events.
Steven Adkins, Alison Burgos, Yesi Olivera-Leon and Elizabeth Schwartz.
Community activists attorney Richard Milstein and Liebe Gadinsky introduce SAVE executive director Heddy Peña and board President Juan Talavera.
Heddy Peña and Juan Talavera.
Juan Talavera accepts SAVE's award.
Evening photographer Dale Stine and SAVE's board.
Miss Elaine Lancaster, in sparkly green.
Electra makes an entrance.
Electra as Bette Midler in The Showgirl Must Go On.
Nicki Adams with Trae Williamson.