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Gallery | LGBT-rights group SAVE honors six Young Guardians with 2014 Luminary Awards

For the Miami Herald

LGBT-rights group SAVE on Friday hosted the second Young Guardians’ Luminary Awards, sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach.

This year, SAVE honored six young professionals for their contributions to the LGBT community.

"We had over 300 attendees and raised over $30,000," SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima said. "Awesome night!"

033The six honorees: Aaron Bos-Lun, a Homestead High School teacher; Pamela Sweeney, a University of Miami marine graduate; Caridad Tabares, a Univision reporter; Daniel Tilley, for his work as the main LGBT attorney for the ACLU of Florida; Marco Sanchez, a marketing director for Jestony Vodka; and Jose Suarez, an NBC News executive in South Florida.

Suarez said that although he accepted his award personally, he is part of a team at the NBC and Telemundo family.

"We are committed to truth and fairness in all that we do," Suarez said. "Committed to give everyone in the [LGBT] community a voice and be able to tell their story."

South Florida Gay News was also recognized as for its role in the South Florida media market.

During the event, SAVE raised funds by text, setting a goal of $2,014. The group exceeded its goal by nearly $100, according to Lima.

Next year's text goal will be $2,015, Lima said.

Click here to view more pictures from the reception. Photos by ABRAHAM GALVAN / For the Miami Herald.


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