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Gallery | 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner benefits Task Force, Miami Foundation LGBT fund

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About 800 supporters packed a sold-out ballroom at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort Saturday night for Sparkle, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 17th annual Miami Recognition Dinner.

Star Trek co-star George Takei received the Task Force's National Leadership Award. Above, Takei poses with Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and entertainer Kristine W, who performed at the dinner.

Out Congressman Mark Takano, D-California, presented Takei with his leadership award.

2013-11-09 Task Force Recognition Dinner 104Activist Joseph Falk, a Miami mortgage broker and former SAVE Dade board chairman, received the 2013 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Falk was introduced by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit Task Force and the Miami Foundation's GLBT Projects Fund, which gives grants to many local LGBT nonprofits including Pridelines Youth Services, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Miami Beach Gay Pride.

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

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