Fourteen Years Strong… an amazing week… a great cause.
Aqua GirlÂ®Â traces its beginnings to the year 1999. That year, Alison Burgos and NYCâ€™s legendary womenâ€™s producer, Shescape, gathered a committee of like-minded women from around South Florida to produce an exciting one-night event to benefit breast cancer. The event, Sweet Charity, was an extraordinary dance event bringing together over 800 women and raising over $15,000 for two local breast cancer organizations, Cancer Link and Gildaâ€™s Club.
In 2000, Sweet Charity grew into an entire weekend of events and Aqua GirlÂ®Â was born. The goal was to create a dynamic national fundraising weekend celebrating women and the issues that affect them. Women descended on Miami from all over the world and the first year of this spectacular weekend of events was a huge success.
We canâ€™t believe how time flies. Now in its fourteenth fabulous year, Aqua GirlÂ®Â continues to attract women from all corners of the country, the Americas and around the globe. The week continues to grow with an ever-expanding variety of events that enhance its appeal and have created what is now one of the hottest womenâ€™s festivals in the country.
At Aqua GirlÂ®Â there is something for everyone. We have dance parties, live music, pool parties, a dine-out event, a VIP reception, celebrity meet-and-greets, and so much more. Having so much fun never did so much good.
As the largest charity womenâ€™s week in the country, your participation in Aqua GirlÂ®Â contributes to a very good cause. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua GirlÂ®Â benefit theÂ Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.
Monies raised during the Foundationâ€™s signature week, as well as through individual and corporate donations, go directly to educate, empower and foster the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender womenâ€™s communities throughout South Florida.
Over the past eight years the AFW has giving out over $400,000 in grants and scholarships while empowering hundreds of women to be engaged in our community.
Aqua GirlÂ® 2013 Steering Committee
Alison Burgos, Founder and Co-Chair
Brittany Clay, Co-Chair
Aqua Foundation for Women, Staff
Robin Schwartz, Executive Director
Elsa Roberts, Program Director
Arnel San Pedro, Director of Bar Production
Derryk Bellizia, Bar Production Coordinator
David Jirka, Bar Production Coordinator
For information on Aqua GirlÂ® including media information, or performing at Aqua GirlÂ®, please contactÂ Robin Schwartz, Executive Director of Aqua Foundation for Women.
For information on becoming a sponsor or for more about the Aqua foundation for Women, please contactÂ Robin Schwartz, Executive Director of Aqua Foundation for Women.
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