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Pink Flamingo Awards to honor 10 LGBT people and organizations who help boost Miami Beach tourism

image008 The LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach has announced the Pink Flamingo Awards, to be given Tuesday, Sept. 17, to 10 people and organizations who've helped boost LGBT tourism in Miami Beach.

The awards will be presented during a noon luncheon at Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are $60 each.

Here is the official announcement, followed by the inaugural 2013 nominees. Voting ends Sept. 5. Click here to cast your ballot or buy tickets for the awards event.

MIAMI BEACH – August 23, 2013 – The LGBT Visitor Center will present the first annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” to honor 10 people and organizations that have made Miami Beach one of the top 20 places to visit among LGBT tourists, according to The Advocate magazine. Karen Brown, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center, made the announcement calling the “Pink Flamingo Awards” a similar concept to the People’s Choice Awards because the winners will be voted on by tourists who have visited the Center as well as locals who frequent the Center for community events and activities. The awards are sponsored by American Airlines, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tourist Board of Curacao and will be held Tuesday, September 17, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Palm Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center.

In addition to the awards, the luncheon will honor past and present city leaders who supported the LGBT Visitor Center concept and paved the way for the MDGLCC Foundation to lease the first floor of Old City Hall to house both the LGBT Visitor Center and the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Among those being recognized are Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, the Miami Beach City Commission and former City Commissioners Saul Gross and Victor Diaz who were instrumental in the opening of the LGBT Visitor Center almost three years ago.

“Many people in the community don’t realize that the LGBT Visitor Center is a stand-alone organization under the non-profit MDGLCC Foundation,” said Brown. “We are partially funded by grants for the work that we do to serve our tourists and our community, but we need the community’s support to raise funds to bridge the gap between what we need and what the grants don’t cover. So many locals enjoy the programming at the Center and so many local non-profits benefit from us being here that I honestly think we should change the name of the place to the ‘LGBT Visitor and Community Center’.”

The Pink Flamingo Awards will be a truly interactive experience, according to Brown. Not only will supporters of the LGBT Visitor Center select the winners of the awards, but also the event will feature a unique, interactive silent auction to help raise funds for the Center’s operations. Included in the silent auction will be a trip for two to Las Vegas including accommodations at the Cosmopolitan Resort, original artwork by David Bromstad, a Regions Bank bicycle, a gift certificate from the Art of Shaving, and more.

Finalists for the Pink Flamingo Awards were chosen by a secret blue-ribbon panel of experts, according to Brown. Voters from around the world will determine the winners based on the ballots cast atwww.gogaymiami.com and everyone is encouraged to vote for his or her favorites. Winners will be announced at the luncheon.

Finalists in the 10 categories of the Awards are:

1. HOSPITALITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR

· Dream Hotel

· Viceroy Hotel

· Lucky Strike Lanes

· Clevelander Hotel

· Betsy Hotel

· W Hotel

· Shore Club

· Hyatt Miami Downtown

2. FAVORITE NIGHTLIFE PROMOTER

· Edison Farrow

· Lynn Bove

· Pandora Ultra

· Tony Ferro

3. FAVORITE RESTAURANT

· Escopazzo

· Front Porch Café

· 11th Street Diner

· Balans

· LIME

· Ice Box Café

· Palace

· Dolce at the Gale

· City Hall the Restaurant

· Burger and Beer Joint

4. FAVORITE DJ PERSONALITY

· DJ Adora

· DJ Miik

· DJ PRIDE

· DJ Cindel

· DJ Mlka

· DJ Willy G

· DJ Zehno

· DJ Carlos G

· DJ Maximus 3000

5. FAVORITE TOURIST ATTRACTION

· Big Bus Miami

· DecoBike

· MDPL Walking Tour

· World Erotic Art Museum

· FIU Wolfsonian Museum

· Miami Beach Cinematheque

6. BEST NIGHTLIFE DESTINATION

· TWIST

· PALACE

· FLIRT

· SCORE

· MOVA

· EROS

7. BEST ENTERTAINER

· Tiffany Taylor Fantasia

· Adora

· TP Lords

· Daisy Deadpetals

· Pussila

· Poizon Ivy

· Sasha Lords

· Chyna Girl

8. MIAMI BEACH VISITOR FAVORITE

· Miami Beach SoundsScape Cinema Series

· South Pointe Park

· Lummus Park

· Lincoln Road

· 12th Street Beach

· Flamingo Park

· New World Symphony Wallcast Series

9. FAVORITE FUNDRAISING EVENT

· Winter Party

· Aqua Girl

· White Party

· Miami Beach Gay Pride

· Save Dade Halloween/Hellroitika

· MDGLCC Holigay Party

· Task Force Recognition Dinner

10. BEST RETAIL STORE

· Kheil’s

· Macy’s

· Ocean & Twelve Swimwear

· Funky Sexy Couture

· BASE

· Beatnix

· Creative Male

Tickets to the Pink Flamingo Awards luncheon are $60 each which includes lunch, a gift bag and a raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing of two tickets on American Airlines and a four-night stay at the Sandton Kurá Hulanda Hotel in Curacao, courtesy of the Curacao Tourist Board. To purchase tickets, visit www.gogaymiami.com or call 305-397-8914.

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