Pride Month’s festivities continue with the 18th annual Stonewall Ball presented by Compass, the LGBT community center in Lake Worth. This year's will be held at the Harriet Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach on June 22.
This Stonewall Ball is particularly special, as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. All the proceeds from the event benefit Compass. Compass holds special events throughout the year to support its fundamental programs and services including its youth and HIV/AIDS services. Some of the many sponsors for the Stonewall Ball include Wells Fargo, The Smart Ride, and Gilead.
"Last year people had an experience they haven't had at this event before," said Julia Murphy, Compass' chief development officer. "It isn't every year you have the 50th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in this nation's history. This year, we have raised expectations and we're going to exceed them."
Around 1,500 people show up for the ball annually, Compass’ website says. During past balls, they’ve honored LGBT activist Donna Red Wing, higher education leader Jeffrey Trammel, and politician Elaine Noble.
Compass will be awarding the Michael Brown Faces of the Community Award to William P. Stewart of the Palm Beach County School District and the Compass Leadership Award to retired County Commissioner Paulette Burdick.
The event was created in 2002 and was “aimed toward decision makers and the people who speak, walk, vote, or donate to support them.”
Attendees can look forward to an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and music, and a silent auction. The night will also be fueled by high energy performances by Miss Palm Beach Pride 2019 Kataleya Davenport Dupree, Miss Palm Beach Pride 2018 Rianna Petrone, Miss Palm Beach Pride 2016 Velvet Lenore, and The “First Lady of the Palm Beaches” Melissa St. John.
TLC's Randy Fenoli, star of "Say Yes to the Dress," will host the event's VIP Awards Reception at 7 p.m. After the cocktail hour and awards, a dance party will begin at 9 p.m.
"The LGBTQ community has been fighting for equal rights for 50 years," mentions Compass' Executive Director Julie Seaver. "It has taken half a century to get as far as we have, but we're nowhere close to where we need to be. There will never be a day where we wake up and, suddenly, it will be okay to express ourselves in who we are. We can only accomplish this when we honor who we are-day by day-and by being visible and showing up at momentous celebrations such as Pride and Stonewall Ball."
Ticket sales end on June 20 at 11:30 p.m. and won’t be sold at the door. Here’s the price breakdown…
- Dance party (9 p.m. to 12 a.m.) - $35: Enjoy live music, drag, a cash bar, and a silent auction.
- Dance party and open bar (9 p.m. to 12 a.m.) - $85: Enjoy the dance party without the cash bar.
- VIP reception (7 p.m. to 12 a.m.) - $150: Watch Randy Fenoli award local leaders.
- Gold ticket (7 p.m. to 12 a.m.) - $250: Watch Randy Fenoli award local leader and be recognized by name.
Get your tickets at www.CompassGLCC.com.