Sparkle, Neely, sparkle!
About 1,000 supporters packed the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel Saturday night for Sparkle, the 15th annual Miami Recognition Dinner, which raises money for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and LGBT organizations throughout Miami-Dade County.
Above, former professional baseball player Billy Bean of Miami Beach presents the Task Force's 2011 Humanitarian Award to British rugby star Ben Cohen, who retired earlier this year to work full time on his anti-bullying Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.
At right, attorney Georg Ketelhohn receives the 2011 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award from last year's winner, Cindy Brown.
Also in attendance: The L Word star Pam Grier;Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey; Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez; and Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower.
Click the photos to view a large gallery from Saturday's dinner. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.