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Gallery | First Pink Flamingo Awards presented Tuesday at Miami Beach Convention Center

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About 200 LGBT business people activists and allies on Tuesday attended the first Pink Flamingo Awards presented by the Miami Beach LGBT Visitor Center.

The luncheon was held at Miami Beach Convention Center and emceed by Karen Brown, the visitor center’s executive director.

2013 Pink Flamingo awards 2013-09-17 039Nearly 1,000 votes were cast in the online balloting campaign with many of the finalists promoting enthusiastically for the win through social media and e-blasts, Brown said in a news release.

Some of the awards went to runaway winners and some were photo-finish races with as few as three votes separating the top two in the Favorite DJ race, she said.

Click here to view a gallery from the luncheon Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.

Categories and winners

1. HOSPITALITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR

· W Hotel South Beach

2. FAVORITE NIGHTLIFE PROMOTER

· Edison Farrow

3. FAVORITE RESTAURANT

· Palace South Beach

4. FAVORITE DJ PERSONALITY

· DJ PRIDE

5. FAVORITE TOURIST ATTRACTION

· World Erotic Art Museum

6. FAVORITE NIGHTLIFE DESTINATION

· TWIST South Beach

7. FAVORITE ENTERTAINER

· Tiffany Taylor Fantasia

8. MIAMI BEACH VISITOR FAVORITE

· Lincoln Road Mall

9. FAVORITE FUNDRAISING EVENT

· Miami Beach Gay Pride

10. FAVORITE RETAIL STORE

· Macy’s South Beach

In addition to the awards, the luncheon honored past and present city leaders who paved the way for the MDGLCC Foundation to open the LGBT Visitor Center on the first floor of Old City Hall. Among those being recognized were the Miami Beach Mayor and Commissioners, and former City Commissioners Saul Gross and Victor Diaz who were all instrumental in the opening of the LGBT Visitor Center almost three years ago.

Proceeds from the luncheon and the silent auction helped raise funds for the LGBT Visitor Center’s operations.

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