Click here to view a gallery. Photos by Abraham Galvan / South Florida News Service.
June 23, 2014 in AIDS and Health, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Palm Beach County, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Gallery | Craig Smith, Office Depot, The Task Force honored at Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber dinner
Craig Smith, president of Source Events, a South Florida travel company for the LGBT community, became businessman of the year at the 2014 annual Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce dinner.
Above: Chamber President Steve Adkins, Smith's partner Rafael Rodriguez, Smith, Damian Pardo of Morgan Stanley and chamber marketing/programming director Jorge Richa.
Inset: Task Force events director Michael Bath and Russell Roybal, the Task Force's deputy executive director, accept their award.
Other honorees: Office Depot Foundation (Business of the Year) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (Nonprofit of the Year).
Click here to view and tag pictures from the dinner. Photos by Steve Rothaus / Miami Herald Staff.
The free party features "sumptuous cocktails and light bites served throughout to keep the party going," said SHINE spokeswoman Taylor Cinalli.
An auction Wednesday night benefits Stonewall Pride.
Here are the details:
When: 6/18/14 - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: W Fort Lauderdale in the Living Room (4th floor)
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Dress: Chic attire
Cost: Event is free, valet is $10
RSVP to: WFLL.events@Whotels.com
June 18, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Music, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Television, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace | Permalink | Comments (0)
Posted Monday by Charlotte Libov to the Sing Out Facebook group:
ATTENTION! In case you haven't heard, our beloved Mova Lounge South Beach is closing its doors June 21! So this Monday, June 16, Monday night starting at 9 is the FINAL Mova Shout Karaoke with KJ Miik Martorelland host Babak Movahedi! !!! It will be a grand finale headlined by Richard Jay-Alexander. the Leader of the Karaoke Criminals, and all Karaoke Criminals regulars and their friends are expected to turn out, including Henry Perez, David Kessler, Jazzed Photog, Gus Briand, Betsy Smith, Florenza Campos, Jose Daniel Urbino, Brandon David Deyette! Derek Barbara, Chico Starr and MORE!!! We are looking forward to our special guest stars the aforementioned RJA and Maestro Bill Campbell! There will be cake! There will be awards! There will be surprises! There will be Press! There will be Paparazzi! And there will be SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT! More will be revealed on Monday night! You don't want to miss a minute!!! For this special Karaoke Criminals Finale, the fun starts at 9 and ends - who knows? See you all there!!!!
Here are the details from publicist Richard Murry:
From a Prosecco welcome toast to a customized, emerald-colored laser-light show to a secretly stashed $500 credit card, the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) 13th Annual Gala and Awards Presentation, “The Emerald Gala,” has prizes and surprises galore in store for its guests this year, said Steve Adkins, MDGLCC president. Wells Fargo will present the excitement-infused networker and gala honoring community leaders on Saturday, June 21, at 6 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel.
“First are foremost, ‘The Emerald Gala’ is the networking event of the year,” said Adkins, “but it’s also our opportunity to honor organizations and individuals that have contributed so much to the local LGBT community. We just get to have a lot of fun in the process.”
“The Emerald Gala” kicks off with a silent auction of nearly 200 items. Travel, dining, entertainment and sports memorabilia dominate the items up for bid, including an autographed basketball from Miami Heat point guard Norris Cole and a signed jersey from the Heat’s Chris “Birdman” Andersen. Also featured will be two tickets to the Erasure “Violet Flame” concert, which kicks off a world tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on September 12.
Every ticket to “The Emerald Gala” also includes participation in the Grand Raffle and a VIP gift bag, added Jorge Richa, marketing and programming director for MDGLCC. The Grand Raffle prize, courtesy of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Hilton Curaçao and Insel Air, is a luxury four-night trip for two to the beautiful Caribbean island. Arguably the most LGBT-friendly island in the region, the winners will be able to enjoy their own private beach at The Floris Suite Hotel and explore the historic city of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Among the goodies in the VIP gift bag will be mystery credit cards from Processing Solutions. One of the credit cards hidden among the 600 bags will be worth a surprise $500 cash prize and five others will be worth $100 each. The mystery value of the cards will be revealed at the Jackson Miracle After Party, which begins immediately after the awards presentation.
Performing at the nightclub-themed Jackson Miracle After Party will be winners from the LGBT Visitor Center’s Pink Flamingo Awards -- “Favorite Drag Queen” Tiffany Fantasia and “Favorite DJ” winner DJ Pride. The after party will run until midnight with open bar, dancing and interactive performances from Miami Arts Parade Foundation, a troupe of elaborately costumed entertainers who “glitter splendor,” from Pati Vargas Entertainment.
Throughout the evening, “The Emerald Gala” will pay tribute to three award honorees who were selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall quality of life in South Florida. Being honored at “The Emerald Gala” will be:
• Regions Bank “Business of the Year”:
• Morgan Stanley “Business Person of the Year”:
Craig Smith, Source Events; Craig Smith, president & founder, accepting
• AT&T “Non-Profit Organization of the Year”:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Russell Roybal, deputy executive director, accepting
For the past several years, the MDGLCC Gala Committee has selected a different color of the rainbow flag for the gala’s theme and has encouraged attendees to wear a splash of that color to the event. Beginning this year, the gala elevates the status of the color theme by interpreting the rainbow colors in their gem stone complement. The 2014 emerald theme signifies growth, prosperity and renewal.
All tickets to “The Emerald Gala” are VIP this year, Adkins said. Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets and include reserved seating, grand buffet dinner, an open bar featuring Bacardi Brands’ GREY GOOSE® vodka among others, the VIP gift bag, complimentary parking, participation in the grand raffle and entrance to the after party. Reservations are available online at www.gaybizgala.com, or by calling (305) 673-4440.
“The Emerald Gala” is produced by the MDGLCC and, as the organization’s principal fundraising effort of the year, helps sustain operations and expand the ever-increasing demand for member programming. The presenting sponsor for the gala is Wells Fargo with additional sponsorship support from Regions Bank, Morgan Stanley, AT&T, GREY GOOSE® Vodka, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Prestige AV & Creative Services, Bromstad for Naturalizer, PortMiami, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, roots & roots, American Airlines, Hilton Miami Downtown, Resorts World Miami, Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables, Centerplate, Jackson Memorial Hospital, The Murry Agency Public Relations and LGBT Creative. Media partners are Miami Herald, South Florida Gay News, Wire Magazine, She Magazine, Genre Latino, Hot Spots, Mark’s List, 93.9 MIA, Y100 and Classical South Florida 89.7.
News release from Winter Party Festival:
MIAMI BEACH, FL – June 10, 2014 – A new and diverse experience is in store for guests at the 22nd edition of Winter Party Festival, with organizers at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force promising innovative events and activities and amped-up favorites as well as a move back to the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach as host hotel. Winter Party Festival will run March 4 – 9, 2015 with events taking place at trend-setting venues throughout Miami Beach and Miami.
After a $150 million room and common area redesign and renovation, the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach will welcome guests as the Winter Party Festival host hotel for 2015. The quintessential 200-room South Beach historic property has undergone a complete upgrade and transformation to restore its original glamour and cater to the sophisticated travelers it looks forward to hosting. Under the new management stewardship of Wyndham Grand Hotels and Resorts, the revitalized resort will reflect the Shelborne’s authentic Art Deco glamour and opulence, while incorporating the modern day comforts and conveniences.
“We’re excited to be returning to the Shelborne,” said Justin Bell, chair of the Winter Party Festival. “Our guests enthusiastically embraced the Shelborne two years ago, and with the multi-million dollar renovation this year, this already extraordinary architectural jewel is sure to dazzle our guests even more in 2015.”
In addition to serving as the host hotel, Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach will provide the location for the Welcome Center and the sure-to-sell-out pool party on the Saturday of Winter Party Festival. As one of Miami’s most celebrated beachfront resorts, Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach features unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean in a modern, relaxed setting. Located in the heart of the Art Deco District and within walking distance to Lincoln Road and Ocean Drive, the resort allows Winter Party Festival guests to enjoy the best of what Miami Beach has to offer.
“We are so pleased to welcome guests back for the 22nd Winter Party Festival,” stated Nils Stolzlechner, general manager of Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. “For Winter Party Festival guests who visited the property last time, next year will be a completely new experience for them. For our new guests, the experience will rival world-class hotels with our luxurious appointments and Art Deco elegance.”
Winter Party Festival 2015 will feature six days of non-stop action featuring pulse-raising dance parties and welcoming receptions to sophisticated art exhibitions, all designed to celebrate the spirit of the LGBT community and its allies. Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Winter PartyFestival proceeds -- along with proceeds from the Miami Recognition Dinner -- support the important work of the Task Force to build power, take action and create positive, lasting change for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families throughout the country. A significant portion of the proceeds also funds multiple organizations serving the LGBT community in South Florida through a grant made by the Task Force to the GLBT Community Projects Fund of The Miami Foundation.
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is currently offering special rates for guests who want to secure their spot at the host hotel early. Rates start at $329, single or double, with a minimum two-night stay. For reservations, call 1-877-999-3223 and mention promo code “Winter Party 2015.” Rooms can also be booked from the Winter Party Festival website at www.winterparty.com.
From Dustin Reffca of Glitter Box Mondays:
MONDAY JUNE 23 2014 (11PM - 5AM) DUSTIN REFFCA PRESENTS GLITTER BOX MONDAYS South Beach's Hottest Monday Night Gay Party 4 YEAR ANNIVERSAY PERFORMING LIVE BIANCA DEL RIO WINNER OF RUPAUL DRAG RACE SEASON 6 TWO ROOM TAKEOVER KICK ASS DJ'S ZEHNO FR8-O LATRICE PERRY PRIDE TROY LANDON BOOM BOOM and the Glitter Box Cast Celebrating Dustin Reffca's Birthday Dancers provided by Mia Sangria & Johnny's NO COVER BOTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE W/ BIANCA IN VIP KILL YOUR IDOL 222 Espanola Way Miami Beach (between Washington and Collins behind Score)
SunServe's 5th Annual LGBTQA-Inclusive Youth Prom is THIS Saturday, June 14th!
You do NOT want to miss this unique and fabulous event with a lineup of AMAZING Performers, FIERCE Music and an IMMENSELY Safe Space! Best of all, Power 96 will be in the house with DJ Zog from the 5 O'Clock Traffic Jam providing the evening's music and Lisa Lopez from The Power 96 Morning Show will be our Emcee!
The LGBTQA-Inclusive Once Upon a Dream Fairytale Prom starts at 7:00 pm and goes until 11:30 pm: leaving everyone enough time to be home by the stroke of midnight without even losing a glass slipper!
Once Upon a Dream will be held at The Waterfront Castle located on the Sanctuary Church campus at 1400 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.
There will be one adult chaperone per 15 Youth present, as well as local police as security- the Prom (as always) will be a very safe space! A wide array of gourmet food (including Catering from Whole Foods Market) will be served throughout the evening, as well as drinks, desserts and fabulous party favors.
Tickets are available for $40 and can be purchased at one of SunServe's many Youth Groups, at the door or ONLINE!
Visit YouthPromTickets.com to purchase your admission!
If you cannot afford a ticket, please apply for a Prom Ticket Scholarship here.
Owner Babak Movahedi just announced on Facebook that he will soon close both his MOVA locations in Miami Beach and Brickell:
Sweet ending....New beginning
I always knew that a beautiful property such as MOVA brickell would not last too long before being developed. The property has been sold and we are being bought out. At the same time, our dispute with the SOBE landlord has come to an end in our favor and while we do not have to vacate until the end of the year, after ten years of being in this business, I cannot think of a better time than now to finally be able to take the summer off, close both locations and come back stronger in the fall. DC will continue it's operations as normal.
It has been an amazing ride in our Lincoln road location and to celebrate the past seven years and welcome the future please join us on June 21 for our last night and seven year anniversary party with the theme
Sweet ending...New beginning
On behalf of all our team past and present, thank you so much for you support over the past seven years.
Movahedi says “I need a break.”
“I’m taking some time off and we’re going to come back with a new location. I’ve been trying to take summers off to go to Europe and I haven’t been able to do that.”
Movahedi says he’ll spend August in Barcelona, then scout a new location in Miami Beach.
“We need to move, reinvent and create a new place for people to enjoy,” he says. “We’ll be on the Beach. Bigger and much nicer place. You guys will just have to wait and see.”
May 29, 2014 in Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Classic finale May 29-31; stars include Andrew Christian, Bruce Vilanch
The Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Classic is a national LGBT bartending competition in partnership with the Key West Business Guild inviting trade staff from our community’s most exciting LGBT entertainment venues to showcase their skill and authenticity in creating Stoli Original cocktails in key markets across the country.
The winner of each local event will receive a Stoli Bartender Kit or gift basket, their picture and winning recipe at KeyWestCocktailClassic.com, media exposure, and an all-expense paid trip to Key West (accommodation and airfare compliments of the Key West Business Guild) for the Finale including a welcome party at Island House on May 29th and day of “fun in the sun” on May 30th. The finale event on Saturday, May 31st will be held on world-famous Duval Street on a specially constructed stage in front of the Bourbon Street Pub and hosted by National LGBT Ambassador for Stolichnaya Patrik Gallineaux and streamed live across the world. The final ceremony will run from 5 to 8 PM.
The celebrity judging panel will include star of network TV including “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Broadway, and so much more, Jai Rodriguez, clothing designer Andrew Christian, legendary funnyman Bruce Vilanch, Senior Vice-President for Stoli USA Lori Tieszen, and locally well known Key West personality and star of internationally televised annual New Year’s Eve high heel drop Sushi.
The Regional mixologist winners arriving this week to compete with their signature Stoli Key West Cocktails hail from LGBT bars in San Diego, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Provincetown, Denver, and Washington DC.
The national winner will receive the title of Stoli Original Key West Cocktail Champion 2014, a bartender “Dream Library” of 50 hand-selected essential trade books, an additional national exposure via the opportunity to design the signature Stoli Original cocktail menu for national LGBT program Stoli Guy 2014, and $5000 for the winner’s pre-selected LGBT or LGBT friendly charity of choice.
Come out Saturday May 31 at 5 PM and support Key West as the island hosts this national fun event.
May 27, 2014 in Arts, Bisexual, Business, Current Affairs, Fashion, Florida, Food and Drink, Fort Lauderdale & Broward County, Gay, Key West & Monroe County, Lesbian, LGBT, Media, Miami & Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, Politics, Religion, South Florida, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)