SAVE Dade just updated its earlier mailing:
SAVE Dade is not maintaining that Peter Rauhofer is stealing your money, however what is happening is that he is hosting an unsanctioned event which is not providing money to Winter Party grant recipients, such as Care Resource, YES Institute, and Pridelines.
There are scheduled Winter Party events which provide funds for the organizations in our community dedicated to improving the lives of our LGBT community members.
Here’s the original e-mail sent today by SAVE Dade:
Subject: ‘Peter Rauhofer is stealing your money’
Please do not attend the NON-SANCTIONED Peter Rauhofer event on Sunday March 7th at Mansion.
IT IS NOT CONNECTED WITH THE WINTER PARTY FESTIVAL AND NO REVENUE FROM THIS EVENT WILL GO TO LOCAL NON-PROFITS OR THE NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN TASK FORCE
The Winter Party Festival and its sister event the Miami Recognition Dinner is a major annual fundraiser having raised over $2 million. Two-thirds of the profits go to South Florida LGBT nonprofits such as SAVE Dade, and the remainder to support the work of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Every year there are people who create non-sanctioned "rogue" events that do not support or contribute to the community and compete with the legitimate ones. This year a private party promoter, Peter Rauhofer conspired with The Opium Group, a Conglomerate that manages many of South Beach's clubs including Cameo and Mansion, to shut Winter Party Festival out of its South Beach clubs, thus forcing the Sunday night party off the beach. Then they followed up with a NON-sanctioned event of their own that siphons off revenue from Winter Party Festival and other events like it.
You can help us stop Peter Rauhofer and the Opium Group from stealing essential non-profit funds from South Florida. Only attend the officially sanctioned events and tell your friends to do the same.