News release and photos from Aqua Girl:
Ladies Love Aqua Girl® 2012
The Country’s Largest Charitable Women’s Festival Draws Thousands of Women to South Beach
Miami, FL- May 11, 2012 – Cultural events, pool parties, nightlife, a comedy show and networking events made up the 2012 Aqua Girl® schedule. Attracting thousands of women from across the country and around the world this year’s AquaGirl® event was a huge hit, with about 9,000 tickets sold and all proceeds going to benefit Aqua Foundation for Women, a funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida.
“The success of this year’s Aqua Girl® means our organization can ramp up its efforts to provide vital services to the LBT community so we can continue to Lead, Build and Transform South Florida,” said Robin Schwartz, the foundation’s Executive Director. “I want to thank all our attendees, staff and volunteers as well as the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County for the incredible support they continue to give us.”
Aqua Girl®’s 13th annual event kicked off on Wednesday, May 2 with the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Women’s Spotlight. The audience was treated to a screening of Nicole Conn’s latest project, A Perfect Ending, which details the sexual and emotional awakening of a repressed middle-aged socialite.
The nightlife events started on Thursday with the well-attended Traffic Jam at Dream Nightclub. Hundreds of women in stoplight-hued glow necklaces got down late into the night to the sounds of top girl DJs and enjoyed performances by drag kings Spikey Dykey and Rico Suave.
Friday started with BodyToning, an intense session of morning calisthenics led by reality TV star and fitness trainer Rachel Robinson at the Surfcomber Resort, Aqua Girl®’s main host hotel. Splash, Aqua Girl®’s first of three poolside blowouts, got the action going with DJs Pat Pat and Lisa Pittman spinning tracks for the ladies.
Following a performance by Elaine Lancaster of The Real Housewives of Miami, stand-up comic Jessica Kirson had the crowd howling with laughter on Friday night at A Night of Comedy, in the Colony Theater. Jessica’s banter with the audience and frank, hilarious riffs on her sexuality, her family, her weight and her Jewish heritage earned her a standing ovation. The fun continued into the wee hours at Nikki Beach with Havana Nights, with girl DJs cranking out Latin-infused sounds while percussionists and go-go dancers added their own brand of spice.
Things kicked up a notch on Saturday when Aqua Girl®’s centerpiece pool bash, The Beach House, swung into gear. This sold-out extravaganza boasted an awe-inspiring line at the entrance gate. Celebrity DJ Tracy Young spun her trademark house and electro beats, the Miami Heat dancers signed autographs and The Real L Word cast members worked the capacity crowd of bikini- and cutoff-clad ladies.
A more mature and laid-back crowd spent their Saturday evening at Sip N’ Savor, held on the rooftop deck of The Betsy hotel. They mingled and networked while sampling an array of fine wines and cheeses provided by Whole Foods Market.
For the party crowd, the fun moved across the bay to Downtown Miami Saturday night as top female DJs, performers Bionic Ballerina and Nitro Girl and singer Doxi Jones took the Aqua Girls® on a space Odyssey of lights, sounds and visuals at Grand Central.
On Sunday afternoon, Rachel Robinson and the cast of The Real L Word joined the women at the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club for the Aqualicious Tea Dance, the last of the festival’s pool parties. The ladies closed out the festivities in style atAfterglow, Aqua Girl®’s official final blast, held at Score.
“We’re thrilled with the turnout and thankful for the backing of all our awesome sponsors, entertainers and partners,” said Aqua Girl® founder and co-chair Alison Burgos. “We’re already looking ahead and working to make next year’s Aqua Girl® even better for these amazing women.”