Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce 10th Anniversary Gala Awards Celebration

Top Quote The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host it's 10th Anniversary Gala Awards Celebration on March 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) March 16, 2011 - The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at its 10th Anniversary Gala Awards Celebration, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The honorees were 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.

    Joining the honorees at this year's Gala will be radio personality Michelle Visage from 93.9 MIA who will act as emcee for the awards presentation. Visage, who co-hosts 93.9 MIA's morning show "Michelle and Johnny in the Morning" is also a celebrity judge for this season's "RuPaul's Drag Race" on the Logo Network. Before joining 93.9 MIA, Visage co-hosted RuPaul's VH1 talk show "The RuPaul Show" and after leaving VH1, she co-hosted "The Jamz Session" on Hot 92 Jamz (KHHT) in Los Angeles. She then joined Mix 102.7 in New York City and was the host of "The Morning Mix" (WNEW-FM). Her career highlights also include Sirius Satellite Radio's "The Beat 36" and SUNNY 104.3 in West Palm Beach.

    According to MDGLCC President Steve Adkins, returning for the 10th Anniversary Gala will be the popular silent auction. This year's auction will feature more than 100 items including a collectible Fender guitar, donated by Hard Rock Café Miami, that's signed by the performers of 2008's Miami Disco Fever Concert -- France Jolie, the original members of Lime, Tavares, GQ, The Trammps, Musique and Miquel Brown. Also up for bid is a priceless, two-hour ride over Miami in the MetLife Blimp and a week-long vacation in Buenos Aires, including airfare and accommodations.

    Entertainment will be provided by Greek-American songstress Maria Zouroudis, known for a powerful, yet heart-felt voice, that delivers a fusion of pop, R&B and acoustic soul. Rounding out the entertainment will be DJ Edward, spinning into the late night.

    "We're sincerely excited about this year's Gala line-up," Adkins said. "Not only about the auction, dinner menu and entertainment, but also about the roster of this year's honorees."

    MDGLCC's 10th Anniversary Gala, "A Royal Affair," will honor the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to South Florida and to the LGBT community:

    "MetLife Business of the Year Award" -- Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

    "Hilton Miami Downtown Business Person of the Year Award" -- Naomi Wilzig, World Erotic Art Museum

    "Wachovia (A Wells Fargo Company) Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award" --
    Switchboard of Miami, Inc.

    "AT&T 10th Anniversary Special Recognition Award" -- GREY GOOSE Vodka, a Bacardi Brand

    This annual event, MDGLCC's principal fundraising effort, helps sustain operations and the ever-increasing demand to expand the Chamber's programming. The 10th Anniversary Gala Awards Celebration will feature a VIP champagne reception and silent auction beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., the awards ceremony at 9 p.m., and then a DJ and dancing beginning at 10:00 p.m.

    "A Royal Affair" is produced by the MDGLCC and Cenergy. Royal sponsors of the Gala include American Airlines, AT&T, GREY GOOSE Vodka, Hilton Miami Downtown, Miami Herald /, MetLife, Wachovia (A Wells Fargo Company). Loyal sponsors include Delaplaine Champagne, FVR Group, GMCVB, Little Black Dress Wines and The Murry Agency public relations.

    Tickets are $1,750 for VIP tables of 10, $175 for individual VIP tickets and $95 for open seating. Tickets are available by calling (305) 673-4440, emailing mdglcc ( @ ) bellsouth dot net, or online at: www dot gogaymiami dot com dot

    MDGLCC is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses. With membership on the rise, 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 our community to other organizations.

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