Join us on June 24 where we will take over the Bali Room at Dapur for an intimate lunch of not more than 25. We'll begin at Noon and end promptly at 1 PM. Our featured speaker will be Dr Kenney of Midland Medical Center. The subject will be “Taking Advantage of the Affordable Care Act Benefits.”
Dr Kenney will guide you through ways to best utilize your new healthcare benefits. There are things we can do at different stages of our lives to ensure optimal health. And when we feel good inside, it shows outside. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, every participant is eligible for a yearly exam without a copay or deductible. Pre-existing conditions can no longer be used as an excuse to deny claims. There are different benefits for men and women such as mammograms or PSA tests after a certain age. In honor of June being Men’s Health Month, Dr Kenney will provide a checklist for every stage of men’s lives, from what we should to in our 20’s to what we should do when we are 50 plus. The benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act also change with each stage of our lives.
About Lunch, Learn & Network:
* The 4th Tuesday Luncheons are in addition to the Quarterly Networking Luncheons and Executive Lunch
* Each will feature a Speaker/Sponsor who will speak briefly to the attendees
* There will be only ONE speaker per luncheon
* Each luncheon is limited to 25 people which will allow more time to get to know the attendees
* The luncheons will run from Noon until 1pm, taking up less time than our larger Quarterly Luncheons
* Lunch will be served "family style" with several options to save time in ordering
* The lunch price includes non-acholic beverage, tax and gratuity
* The luncheons will be held in the Bali private dining room at Dapur each month
With MOVA lounge gone from South Beach, Monday Night Karaoke moves to Hotel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Rd.
From “Miami Beach’s only gay hotel (hetero friendly)”:
JOIN US JUNE 23rd!
We are very excited to host Karaoke with DJ MiiK! This and every Monday DJ MiiK will be at Hôtel Gaythering from 9pm-1am with specially priced $5 Margaritas all night long!
For one night only on July 2, the folks of Open-Mic Cabaret at Magnum Restaurant | Lounge will transform the joint into a Roaring Twenties speakeasy.
Here’s are the details from journalist/performer Charlotte Libov:
It was the 1920s and Prohibition was in full effect. Alcohol was banned in the nation but in the hundreds of thousands of speakeasies across the country, booze flowed freely, flappers mingled with gangsters, and the whole scene was so outrageous that this so-called “dry” era became better known as “The Roaring Twenties.”
Had Magnum been around back then this popular restaurant would have been the most outrageous speakeasy of all. This is why legendary entertainer Bill Campbell and his talented 13-member cast, the Speakeasy Singers, will transform Magnum into an authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy for one night only on July 2.
“My grandparents were bootleggers. They passed their stories down to me, and so, using my photographic memory, I have recreated this fantastic time in American history,” said Campbell, who is also a musicologist and reproduces historical eras using music.
During his career, Campbell has headlined, bands and orchestras throughout the United States. In South Florida, he is famous for his regular appearances at the Ritz-Carlton and the Breakers in Palm Beach, as well as at Magnum, where he hosts his regular “Legends of Open-Mic Cabaret” and “The Man and his Music” shows.
The Bill Campbell Speakeasy Singers will perform sizzling Jazz Age music of Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and more. The singers are Amy Arlo, Gustavo Briand, Antonio Domenikos Divine, Claudine Faifer, Rick Jazzed, Neil Kolner, David Kessler, Hannah Lasky, Charlotte Libov, Raymond Estrella, Henry Perez, Marilyn Reitman, and Antonio Stark.
Magnum’s staff is getting into the spirit as well, serving up such Jazz Age cocktails as Highballs, Sidecars and the Bacardi Cocktail, a favorite of thirsty Prohibition-era Miamians whose flew to Havana to imbibe.
The Zagut Guide has hailed Magnum, one of Miami’s most popular restaurants, for offering “excellent food and wonderful service in a joint that exudes a 1940’s N.Y. feel.” The reasonably priced specialties range from authentic Caesar salad and French onion soup to entrées such as owner Jeffrey Landsman’s famous Southern Fried Chicken, as well as steak, fish and lighter choices as well.
The Magnum Speakeasy will be in effect from 7:30 until 11 p.m., serving as a delightful backdrop for a delicious dining experience. There is no cover but reservations for this special event are strongly encouraged.
Magnum Restaurant and Lounge is centrally located at 709 N.E. 79th St., Miami, Fla., 33138. Free, secure parking. Call (305) 757-3368 to make a reservation.
June 23, 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, South Florida, Theater, Transgender, Weblogs, Wilton Manors, Workplace, Youth | Permalink | Comments (0)
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:
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