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Christopher Donahue leaves Care Resource; Cindy Brown succeeded by Paolo Pincente at Miami Beach Gay Pride

A few recent goings and comings. ...

Christopher Donahue on Tuesday announced he has resigned as PR/Marketing Manager at Care Resource, South Florida's largest HIV/AIDS service agency:

Good afternoon,

I am writing to inform you that I resigned last Monday from my position as PR/Marketing Manager at Care Resource. My last day will be this coming Friday September 2nd.  I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my life.

It really isn’t part of my job or in my job description but I loved being able to help clients and it is what has kept me here. I am happy that I was able to help the community by bringing 8 clients into care over the past three years; some of which were newly diagnosed and some that had fallen out of care and were very sick.

Thank you for all of your help and your support over the years, and all that you have done for me personally and professionally.  Please stay in touch and if you haven’t done so friend me on Facebook. Facebook.com/ChristophDonahue

Your contact at Care Resource regarding PR, Media or Marketing once I leave will be Wade Patterson, the Director of Finance.  He can be reached at wpatterson@careresource.org He has a full update on any open items.

Also officially announced Tuesday: Longtime South Florida activist Cindy Brown -- a onetime Care Resource/Health Crisis Network employee -- is no longer heading up Miami Beach Gay Pride.

(Weeks ago, Brown sent friends and contacts an email saying she was going back into the job market.)

From Bridget Pietsch at The Murry Agency in South Beach:

PAOLO PINCENTE NAMED EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF MIAMI BEACH GAY PRIDE 2012

MIAMI BEACH, FL – August 30, 2011 – Veteran event director and producer Paolo Pincente has been named executive producer of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival for 2012, announced Babak Movahedi, president of the Pride Board of Directors.  In his new role, Pincente will help plan and oversee all elements of next year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride event as well as related activities leading up to Pride.  Now in its fourth year, Miami Beach Gay Pride will take place Sunday, April 15, 2012, along Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive.

In addition to his responsibilities for Pride, Pincente currently works and produces events for top-tier venues and well-known brands including, Space Nightclub, Miami, as general manager; Mova Lounge, Miami Beach, as operations and marketing consultant; Svedka Vodka, throughout Florida, as event producer; Source Events, Miami, as event manager; and the Surfcomber Hotel, Miami Beach, as event producer.  His previous experience in the hospitality industry has also included Crobar Nightclubs in New York City, Chicago and Miami Beach; Mia Biscayne, Miami; Exit 66 Nightclub, Ft. Lauderdale; and Cameo Nightclub in Miami Beach, where he has served in diverse operations, management, marketing, training and event-related capacities.

“Miami Beach Pride is fortunate to have someone of Paolo’s diverse background and experience as next year’s executive producer,” Movahedi said.  “In three short years, Miami Beach Pride has grown from a hometown celebration to one that captures national, if not international, attention.  For the fourth event, we look forward to having Paolo add his distinctive touch and take Pride to a whole new level.”

Born in Toronto and raised in Chicago, Pincente has spent the last 12 years in South Florida and currently resides in Miami Beach.

After a highly successful event in 2011 that attracted more than 40,000 people, Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival has become the largest, single-day event of the year in Miami Beach.  Last year’s Pride Parade and Festival was an extraordinary all-day event that featured a parade with 66 entries and 1,200 participants, followed by an enormous festival with exciting celebrities and musical performances, 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, refreshments and a family-friendly play area.

Paola Pincente was hired by the board of directors that puts these remarkable events together, which consists of 10 key members: Babak Movahedi, president, Chad Richter, vice president, Daniel Spring, treasurer, Laura Veitia, secretary, Chip Arndt, Thomas Barker, Ivan Cano, Michael Larkin, Monica Mataloni and Joel Stedman. As a committed team, they all work together year-round to ensure the success of the Miami Beach Gay Pride.

The mission of Miami Beach Gay Pride is to bring together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBT community by producing free, safe, quality mass-appeal events that are open to all, including the Parade, Festival and allied Miami Beach Pride sanctioned events. www.miamibeachgaypride.com.

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It is so sad to see Christopher leaving Care Resource! What an asset!

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