Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Celebration

 This year’sMiami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) 20th Annual Gala and Awards Celebration, “The PLATINUM Gala”, will feature a curator, some pop-ups and a moonlight. It will also feature some awards as “The PLATINUM Gala” will once again honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBTQ community. To catch all the fun and excitement, guests are encouraged to get their tickets before they surely sell out.  “The PLATINUM Gala”  will take place Saturday, May 18th, at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard, and will again be sponsored by Wells Fargo.

 

“The Chamber’s annual gala celebration is one of our most popular and definitely our best-attended event of the year,” said Steve Adkins, MDGLCC president and CEO. “We anticipate a sell-out crowd of 500 guests who will mix, mingle, party and pass out stacks of business cards, all while honoring community leaders who have contributed to the enhancement of the South Florida LGBTQ community.”

 

The ambiance at the Gala will be curated by Janet Fernandez and her team at Downtown Flowers. They will be bringing “The PLATINUM Gala,” to life though extraordinary floral arrangements which will be raffled off at the end of the event. This women-led business focusses on personalized service, curating the freshest flowers from all over the world to create magnificent flower arrangements with the goal to surpassing clients’ expectations.

 

Popping up at the event will be up to 20 “interactive pop-ups” networking opportunities. The pop-ups include a space near the ballroom to engage with guests during the evening. In addition to display materials and literature about the organization, each pop-up participant is encouraged to get creative and offer something interactive that will engage guests, make the experience more memorable and create buzz throughout the event about the interactivity. Cost for a pop-up space is $1,200 and includes two admissions to the Gala.

 

Next to networking, there’s nothing more fun at a gala than shopping. “The PLATINUM Gala” will be no exception in offering a carefully curated selection of items at its silent auction. The premium items will encompass a wide range in categories — Arts & Culture, Food and Dining, Health and Wellness, Leisure, Retail, Sports, and Travel & Lodging.  Attendees will be able to bid on American Airlines vouchers, Deluxe Accommodations at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Staycation at the Confindante Miami Beach with a Poolside Cabana, Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Coral Gables Studio, and a Colony Theater / Miami New Drama Premium Season Membership, among others.

 

The Gala’s moonlight is the Moonlight Networking Soiree, which takes place after the awards ceremony. The Moonlight Networking Soiree rounds out the evening and allows guests to continue making connections while enjoying the open bar by Bacardi, featuring GREY GOOSE® Vodka.

 

Speaking of awards, “The PLATINUM Gala,” will pay tribute to four corporate and individual honorees for their commitment and contributions to the local LGBTQ community. Being honored at the gala are:

 

“AT&T Business of the Year Award” 

NBC 6 South Florida

 

“Regions Business Persons of the Year Award”

Bertha Galindo-Crucet & Kevin Walsh

 

“Morgan Stanley Bob Balsam Civic Achievement Award”

Michael Bath

 

The 20th Anniversary Annual Awards Celebration, “The PLATINUM Gala,” sponsored by Wells Fargo, starts at 6 p.m. with a reception, silent auction, and interactive pop-up displays, which will be followed by a grand buffet, the awards presentation, and “Moonlight Networking.”

 

Tickets to “The PLATINUM Gala” are all VIP again this year, Adkins said. Tickets are $2,200 for tables of 10 or $220 for individual tickets and include reserved seating, the grand buffet, an open bar, a VIP gift bag, and networking. Reservations are available online at www.gaybizmiami.com, or by calling (305) 673-4440.

 

The PLATINUM Gala” is the MDGLCC’s principal fundraiser of the year which helps sustain operations and expand the ever-increasing demand for member programming. “The PLATINUM Gala” is sponsored by Wells Fargo and produced by the MDGLCC & GALRDON. Major event sponsors include AT&T, Regions, Morgan Stanley, Bacardi, Downtown Flowers, Prestige AV & Creative Services, GMCVB, American Airlines, CAREERXCHANGE, Miami Herald, Cox Media Group, WIREMAG, SFGN, HotSpots, & Mark’s List. Complimentary Kids PlayZone (ages 4-12) courtesy of Jackson Health System.

 

MDGLCC is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for LGBTQ businesses. With membership approaching the 600 companies, the Chamber’s mission is to promote a unified and thriving, gay and gay-friendly, business and professional community throughout Miami-Dade County. Its goals are to promote networking within the existing gay and gay-friendly business and professional community, to promote business opportunities for Chamber members, to promote Miami as a year-round, gay and gay-friendly tourist destination, to provide resources for its members, and to provide outreach from the LGBTQ community to other organizations.

 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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WHAT:

Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary Annual Awards Celebration: “The PLATINUM Gala,” Sponsored by Wells Fargo.

 

Honoring corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community.

 

Over 500 guests are expected to be in attendance to pay tribute to the honorees selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life in South Florida. While at its core, the Gala is a networking event, the evening will have many surprises to make it a fun and memorable experience.

 

WHO:

“AT&T Business of the Year Award” 

NBC 6 South Florida

 

“Regions Business Persons of the Year Award”

Bertha Galindo-Crucet & Kevin Walsh

 

“Morgan Stanley Bob Balsam Civic Achievement Award”

Michael Bath

 

WHEN:

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction, & Interactive Pop-Ups

7:30 p.m. – Grand Buffet

9:00 p.m. – Awards Celebration

10:00 p.m. – Moonlight Networking

 

WHERE:

Hilton Miami Downtown

1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132

 

TICKETS

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INFO:

www.gaybizmiami.com

(305) 673-4440

info@gaybizmiami.com

 

Tickets are $220 each or $2,200 for a table of 10 and include reserved seating, grand buffet, open bar, gift bag, and networking.  Interactive Pop-Ups are $1,200 and include two admissions to the event.

 

Main Event Sponsor: Wells Fargo.  Other Sponsors & Partners: AT&T, Regions, Morgan Stanley, Bacardi, Downtown Flowers, Prestige AV & Creative Services, GMCVB, American Airlines, GALRDON, Miami Herald, CAREERXCHANGE, Cox Media Group, WIREMAG, SFGN, HotSpots, Mark’s List.  Complimentary Kids PlayZone (ages 4-12) courtesy of Jackson Health System.