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Mayors, activists to speak at first Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber 'State of Our Community' luncheon

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has announced its first "State of Our Community' luncheon to be held Feb. 9 at the Hilton Miami/Downtown hotel.

Four mayors will speak: Carlos Gimenez (Miami-Dade County); Tomás Regalado of Miami; Jim Cason of Coral Gables; and Matti Herrera Bower of Miami Beach. Also giving reports: C.J. Ortuño, executive director of SAVE Dade; and Stratton Pollitzer, deputy director of Equality Florida.

Here are details from the gay chamber:

Miami, FL – Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce presents the 1st Annual "STATE OF OUR COMMUNITY" Luncheon, featuring four area mayors, on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Hilton Miami/Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Luncheon Sponsor – Shutts & Bowen, LLP - Doors open at 11:30am, with a sit-down luncheon served at 12:00pm. Program begins at 12:15pm. $35.00 - MDGLCC members - $45.00 - potential members. $12.00 reduced Valet parking or self-parking. Space is limited! Make your reservations today!

The four mayors featured are: The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County; The Honorable Tomás Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami; The Honorable Matti Herrera-Bower, Mayor, City of Miami Beach, and The Honorable Jim Cason, Mayor, City of Coral Gables. Stratton Pollitzer, Deputy Director, Equality Florida and CJ Ortuno, Executive Director, SAVE Dade will kick-off the luncheon with a summary of the local/state LGBT Legislative items.  A Q&A session will close the lunch. The focus of the “State Of Our Community” luncheon will be on the most important legislative issues, with particular attention to those issues which impact the LGBT Community.

“It is important for the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help create a dialogue between our community’s advocacy goals with business leaders in south Florida,” said Steve Adkins, President and CEO of MDGLCC. “It is an honor to have 4 such distinguished mayors attending our inaugural event and, we plan to schedule this “State of Our Community” luncheon to be an annual part of our outreach platform.”

MDGLCC is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses. With membership on the rise, the Chamber's mission is to promote a unified and thriving, gay and gay-friendly, business and professional community throughout Miami-Dade County. Our goals are to promote networking within the existing gay and gay-friendly business and professional community, to promote business opportunities for Chamber members, to promote Miami as a year-round, gay and gay-friendly tourist destination, to provide resources for our members, and to provide outreach from our community to other organizations.

Reservations: mdglcc@bellsouth.net, 305-673-4440, 786-586-4286. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. ADVANCED PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD REQUIRED.

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