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Actress Sally Bondi, 'Donkey Show' cast, Circ X, Pioneer Winter to appear at gay chamber dinner

News release from the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce:

MIAMI-DADE GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE 11TH ANNUAL GALA AWARDS CELEBRATION:

“THE ORANGE GALA”

Highlights to Include Performance by the Cast of “The Donkey Show,” Circ X, Choreographer Pioneer Winter, Plus Silent Auction Prizes Featuring a Legendary Danube Cruise

MIAMI BEACH – The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at its 11th Annual Gala Awards Celebration, “The Orange Gala,” on Saturday, June 23, at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.  The honorees were selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life in South Florida.

Joining the honorees at this year’s Gala as guest emcee will be South Florida actress Sally Bondi.  One of South Florida’s busiest stage performers, Bondi has appeared in productions of “Superior Donuts,” “In The Next Room,” “The Vibrator Play,” “Nite Mother,” “Hairspray,” “Madeline’s Christmas” and “My Fair Lady.”  She has also appeared in numerous movies for both the large and small screens.

Bringing a little Disco fever to the Gala will be the cast of “The Donkey Show,” the celebrated smash hit musical that will take Miami by storm as the city’s grooviest pop-up club when it debuts at the Adrienne Arsht Center on July 13.  “The Donkey Show” features the hustle and boogie of beloved ‘70s disco hits and the opportunity to “love the nightlife” by interacting with members of the cast.

Also performing will be Circ X, an interactive performance troupe of inter-actors, dancers and circus artists.  The performers incorporate corporeal mime, European clowning, comedy, street theater and burlesque to create dynamic performances that are wild, intense, sexy and outrageous.

From the outrageous to the meaningful, choreographer Pioneer Winter uses dance as an instrument of social change.  He believes in dance not only for the portability of the messages, but also for the way the themes discussed maintain significance and identification within the current social climate.  His work demonstrates the intersecting properties of contemporary dance and theater in order to promote topics of social awareness through multimedia.  One of his most acclaimed works, “Reaching the Surface,” sought to reduce HIV stigma by presenting artists who were either HIV+ or were advocates fighting for a cure.

Rounding out the evening will be DJ Billy Kelly, co-founder and director of the Winter Music Conference (WMC), the largest dance music convention in the world.  A legend on the DJ circuit for nearly four decades, Kelly was named 1980 Miami DJ of the Year by Billboard Magazine, and received multiple Gold and Platinum Recording Industry Association of America Sales Awards for his efforts with artists including Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, Depeche Mode, Madonna, Eminem, Pink, Missy Elliot, Trick Daddy, Outkast and C&C Music Factory.

Kicking off the Gala festivities will be the MDGLCC’s silent auction featuring more than 100 items including Source Event’s “Legendary Danube” cruise from Budapest to Prague this August.  Also up for bid will be an autographed basketball from the 2012 Miami Heat players, theater tickets; spa experiences; IKEA furniture & accessories; restaurant gift certificates; travel packages; and “staycations” at the Shore Club, Mondrian, Epic, Mayfair and Westin Diplomat,    
   among others.

Beyond the fun, MDGLCC’s 11th Annual Gala Awards Celebration: “The Orange Gala” is all about business.  This year, MDGLCC will honor the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to South Florida and to the LGBT community:

“AT&T Business of the Year Award” -- IKEA

“Wells Fargo Business Person of the Year Award” – Steve Haas

“Office Depot Foundation Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award” – Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority

“Special Recognition Award” – Daniel Spring

The 11th Annual Gala Awards Celebration: “The Orange Gala” starts at 6 p.m. with the VIP champagne reception and silent auction. Dinner will follow the reception at 7:30 p.m., then the awards ceremony at 9 p.m., and dancing beginning at 10:00 p.m.

Tickets are $1,750 for VIP tables of 10, $175 for individual VIP tickets and $100 for general admission.  Tickets are available by calling (305) 673-4440, emailing[email protected], or online at www.gaybizmiami.com.

“The Orange Gala” is produced by the MDGLCC.  Main sponsors of the Gala include American Airlines, AT&T, GREY GOOSE® Vodka, Hilton Miami Downtown, The Miami Herald, Office Depot and Wells Fargo.  Loyal sponsors are FVR Group and The Murry Agency public relations.  Media sponsors are Classical South Florida, Clear Channel (Y100, 93.9 FM), Florida Agenda, Genre Latino, HotSpots, JumpOnMarksList.com, SFGN, She Magazine and WIRE Magazine.  The invitation sponsor is the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Cocktails will be provided by GREY GOOSE® Vodka and table decorations by Pistils and Petals are courtesy of Regions Bank.

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. Its 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 its members, and to provide outreach from our community to other organizations.

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