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Gallery | SAVE Dade, now 20 years old, celebrates eighth annual Champions of Equality reception

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More than 600 supporters helped SAVE Dade celebrate its 20th anniversary Friday night with the gay-rights group's eighth annual Champions of Equality reception held at the Hilton Miami Downtown hotel.

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Champions of Equality honorees: U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami; Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa; and state Rep. David Richardson, Florida's first openly gay legislator.

Hall of Champions honorees: gay rights pioneers Fran Bohnsack and James Pepper.

Political celebrities included three visiting members of Congress (Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.; Mark Takano, D-Calif.; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona); Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez; and mayors and commissioners from throughout Miami-Dade County.

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Click here to view more pictures from the reception. Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff. 

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