BACCF 2014 – Excellence Award- Register Today! 5/28/14

BACCF 2014 – Excellence Award- Register Today!
Wednesday, 05/28/2014 – 07:30 pm – 11:00 am
Flyer_2014_BACCF_EA-finalThe Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
Webpage Link
Cost: Members: $200 Future Members: $250 Don’t wait until the last minute to register – space is limited and fills up quickly. The BACCF requires an RSVP for all events. Only reservations made through our website will be honored. Reservations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Cancel by May 20, 2014 for a full refund.* Uncanceled reservations and no-shows are paid in full. *All cancelations will be charged a $25.00 processing fee.

BACCF Excellence Award

Sean O’Hollaren
Senior Vice – President of Government & Public Affairs NIKE

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

O’Hollaren is Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at NIKE, providing strategic leadership on global business and political issues. Prior to NIKE, he was Senior Vice President of Global Government Relations for Honeywell. O’Hollaren served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and was also Special Assistant to the President in the White House. He served briefly at the Department of Homeland Security and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Transportation, heading up the Office of Governmental Affairs. O’Hollaren held various roles at Union Pacific Corp., and served former U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield as a Legislative Assistant and as staff on the Appropriations Committee. He is a graduate of Willamette University and has completed the Certificate program in Business Management at Georgetown University.

Jazz It Up at the Seventh Annual Open the Door Awards Dinner and Auction 5/2/14

Jazz It Up at the Seventh Annual Open the Door Awards Dinner and Auction
Friday, 05/02/2014 – 06:30 pm –
OPEN-THE-DOOR-FLYERTurnberry Isle Miami
19999 West Country Club Drive,
Aventura, Florida 33180
Webpage Link
Cost: $100/person

The Seventh Annual Open the Door Awards Dinner and Auction hosted by the Women’s Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate (WBHI) is right around the corner! This special event supporting early detection of breast cancer and heart disease in women is going to be held on Friday May 2, 2014 at the Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura. Tickets are $100 per person and you may buy your tickets online at Funds raised from this event will help uninsured and undeserved women in the South Florida community receive free breast and heart health education and services which may save their lives.

Join the gathering beginning at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy great food, authentic jazz music, silent and live auctions, and hear from women whose lives have been saved by WBHI’s outreach and educational programs. Community leaders will also be honored during the event.

To become a sponsor or auction donor in support of the life-saving work of The Women’s Breast Health Initiative, or for more information on this event or the organization, please visit or contact Stephanie Hoogenbergen at 305.825.4081.

Feeding South Florida Hosts First Annual Ultimate Hunger Champion Awards Gala 4/26/14

Feeding South Florida Hosts First Annual Ultimate Hunger Champion Awards Gala
Saturday, 04/26/2014 – 06:00 pm – 12:00 am
Gala-postcard-5Conrad Miami
1395 Brickell Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33131
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Hosted by Conrad Miami, the gala, in addition to bringing awareness to local hunger issues, honors participants of the Hunger Games, Feeding South Florida’s series of competitive events between corporations, which launched in January.

$100 GA (Cocktail Party and Awards Banquet)
$225 VIP (Includes Cocktail Reception, Awards Banquet, VIP After-Party, Gift Bag and Valet Parking)
$50 After Party Admission

Photographs of Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball on 4/9/14

Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Ball at Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. What an amazing event!!!!!!!

Mission Statements: “Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida is a Florida 501c3 non-profit corporation – The first & only organization for the So. Fla. Latino|Hispanic|LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Community – advancing Equality since 2002.”

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Legends Ball, Celebrating Pride In The Arts 4/9/14

Legends Ball, Celebrating Pride In The Arts
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00pm
Jackie Gleason Rehearsal Hall
legendsball1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $100
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Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida’s annual fundraiser event, benefiting LGBT Scholarships & year round programming.
Premium Open Bar, Amazing hors d’oeuvres, Live music, Dance and Theatre, Fashion and Fabulousness

The heyday of live theatre, performances & movies at the Miami, Carib, Lincoln, Las Mascaras and many more are long gone in South Florida. Others like the Coconut Grove, Olympia and even Jackie Gleason have unsure futures ahead of them. Many of the marquees now promote retailers, restaurants, for lease…or simply are gone. The Famous, once a thriving restaurant in the 40’s on Washington Avenue with female impersonators serving, singing & dancing – gone. Lucky Cheng’s, Mulberry St. & the Candlelight – all gone. So what happened to the glitz and glamour of South Florida’s performance spaces? Where did all the talent go? Did we run out of gays to direct, dress, powder & paint? Are the rainbow lights in South Florida dimmed forever?

Don’t count us out just yet.

South Florida is thriving with LGBTQ talent, venues and creative minds to fill any stage offered to it, and Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida’s Leaders, Legends & Lovelies (LL&L) Series is celebrating them all this April. With a theme of PRIDE in the ARTS, the annual Exhibit, Lectures & Legends Ball – complimenting Miami Beach Gay Pride festivities, highlights the good and positive in our LGBTQ community.

Partnering once again with the Miami Design Preservation League, the LL&L exhibit & lectures on theatre, costume & design will be held this coming April 12 & 13, 2014 at the Art Deco Welcome Center – free & open to the public. A myriad of talents, genres and styles will be explored and presented at the Leaders, Legends & Lovelies Exhibit, Lectures and Legends Ball. This year we are proud to partner with the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation to offer an LGBTQ Scholarship in the Arts, Design & Education. The 2014 recipient will be announced at the Legends Ball on April 9th.

Celebrating the good, positive & outstanding within our LGBT community, the Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Lectures, Exhibits & Legends Ball strive to focus on just that – Bringing lecturers from all walks of life in the LGBTQ & friends of community, the events focus on the similarities rather than the differences we all share, and how we can inspire others to do good, excel, be proud of who they are & just be better people. Our work is 100% funded by events & private donations, and we are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers. Everything that comes in, goes right back out for programming, leading & assisting our LGBTQ community.

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner 4/3/14

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner
April 3, 2014, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Contact: For sponsorship and ticket information contact: Danielle Spiegelman – CSCGM, Executive Director at 305-668-5900,
Cost: Table Sponsorship information available upon request.

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami will host the 2014 Heart & Star Award Dinner at the Coral Gables Country Club. Arthur H. Hertz and Candy & Rodger Popkin will be honored at this prestigious signature event. Hertz will be receiving the Champion of the Community Spirit Award for his outstanding philanthropic and community leadership; The Popkins, the Champions of the Human Spirit Award as a cancer survivor and caregiver. Mistress of Ceremonies will once again be Emmy Award-winning CBS4 Anchor, Cynthia Demos. Over 400 business and philanthropic leaders from the Greater Miami area will be in attendance for the event. Committee leadership for this fundraising event to date is comprised of the following; Carmen & John Arasi, Chanin & Adam Carlin, Maria Padron, Carmen Perez, Aida & Joseph Roisman, Lourdes Rosales, Debra Schottenstein, Edie Spiegel, Carole Wright and Joyce & Humberto Vega.

Save Dade Champions of Equality 2014 Gala 5/9/14

Save Dade Champions of Equality 2014 Gala
savethedate3_13_no3Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00PM – 9:30PM
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida 33131
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As you may have heard, SAVE and the ACLU of Florida have announced the filing of a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of eight married couples to secure recognition from the state of Florida for same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

A pro-equality ruling would grant gay couples married in states that perform same-sex marriages access to many rights and benefits that Florida grants to opposite-sex married couples, such as Social Security survivor benefits and the right to include your spouse on your health insurance policy.

It’s our pleasure to invite you to SAVE’s annual Champions of Equality awards reception and gala, where we will honor the eight brave couples taking a stand for equality in court.

SAVE is also proud to honor State Representative David Richardson, County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, and filmmaker Joe Cardona.

We hope you will join us in honoring these trailblazers on May 9th. Buy your tickets today!


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