One of the goals of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) is to promote networking within the existing gay and gay-friendly business and professional communities. While we accomplish such with the many opportunities we create as part of our programming, you do not want to miss participating in our biggest networker of the year coming up next month.

The MDGLCC will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at “The Emerald Gala,” its 14th Annual Gala Awards celebration on Satur­day, June 21 at the Hilton Miami Downtown Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami starting at 6 p.m.

Over 600 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 fun and memorable..

The 2014 honorees include; Office Depot Foundation (Business of the Year), Craig Smith Founder and Owner of Source Events (Business Person of the Year), and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (Non-Profit Organization of the Year).

This annual event, MDGLCC’s principal fundraising ef­fort of the year, helps sustain operations and the ever-increasing demand to expand programming. “The Emerald Gala” will consist of a fabulous silent auction followed by dinner, awards ceremony and dancing. Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets.  

Each admission to this event includes reserved seating, grand buffet, open bar, gift bag, parking, drawing participation and complimentary access to the “Af­ter Soiree” for dancing & entertainment.

For more information on the event you can visit www.GayBizGala.com, call (305) 673-4440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any inquiries or interest in joining the MDGLCC, please visit www.GayBizMiami.com or reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 305-673-4440.

Jorge Richa is the Marketing & Programming Director; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce