The law profession might seem a little tedious and dull to some, but these lawyers know how to socialize and put on a party. The Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Network (GLLN) – a voluntary Broward County Bar Association – is described by its communications director as primarily a group for networking. But Eric L. Lundt says it’s much more, too.
Lundt said members meet both socially and professionally, and host a luncheon event the first Thursday of every month.
The lunches are held at rotating locations and often feature special speakers. Members have an opportunity to earn CLEs (continuing legal education credits) at some events.
There is also a monthly happy hour where GLLN partners with other organizations, such as Dania Beach’s Humanity Project. Its president and founder – Bob Knotts – recently attended a happy hour to talk about the organization.
Lundt, a shareholder at GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, said there are about 100 GLLN members (and counting) who are mostly lawyers – with a few judges, professors and other members related to the legal profession scattered in.
But at its upcoming annual gala, he said, members also bring friends and family who may have no relation to the legal profession.
Lundt says the event is sure to sell out and advises the purchase of tickets soon.
GLLN’s eighth-annual gala is April 13. Proceeds from the popular event will benefit two well-known South Florida nonprofits – Latinos Salud and The Pet Project.
Latinos Salud (“health” in Spanish) was founded to “create a safe space for Latino gay guys and their partners to find friends, support and resources.” The organization is celebrating its 10th year in operation this year. Its original locationisin Wilton Manors.
The Pet Project, also located in Wilton Manors, provides pet food and supplies and reduced cost veterinary care to those who are financially challenged due to terminal illness, disability, aging, or victims of crime.
Lundt, who has been a GLLN member for about six years and on the board for about two, is heading up the planning of the gala.
“It’s our signature event and the sole purpose is to raise funds for charitable organizations geared toward the LGBTQ community,” Lundt said.
He said the charity usually changes every year, and it’s often just one, unlike this time around with two.
This year’s event is also underwritten by the group’s “Strategic Alliance” members – Ken Calhoun at RE/MAX Experience and CrossCountry Mortgage. Each pays $5,000 annually to help bankroll expenses so that every dime from ticket sales and auction items can go directly to the nonprofits, Lundt said.
Lundt said this year will also be the second time it will be held at the downtown Fort Lauderdale venue – The Flagship.
“We found it by accident in the [Historic] Himmarshee District,” he said. “It’s a historic building used for events, weddings … a really neat building in the old Key West style.”
Lundt said the gala has typically been held on a Sunday, but they’re trying a Saturday this year. They are also making the event more of a happy hour style so attendees still have the option to go out to dinner afterwards.
At the gala, guests will be treated to an open bar and unlimited hors d’oeuvres.
Tickets are $125.
A limited number of reserved VIP tables are available for $1,000, which includes five tickets to the gala, two bottles of champagne, and recognition at the event. A lower level VIP package is also available for $500, which includes two tickets and recognition.
The event (business casual dress) runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Flagship is located at 221 SW 3rdAve.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a charitable donation in lieu of attending, go to GLLN.org and click on “Events.”
GLLN’s board and leadership
Megan D. Widmeyer
Michael B. Nemerof
Michele A. Crosa
Mia E. Lawrence
Eric L. Lundt
Immediate Past President
Meghana M. Saoji