A performance artist spray painted flamingoes onto the stage backdrop as nearly 300 guests flocked to the 2nd Annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” ceremony, which honored the community’s favorites in 21 hospitality-related categories and benefited the LGBT Visitor Center in Miami Beach.
Determined by online voting of nearly 5,000 South Florida residents and tourists, pink flamingo statues were awarded to:
Favorite Hotel Resort
Favorite Boutique Hotel
Favorite Restaurant – Fine Dining
Favorite Restaurant – Casual
Favorite Fundraising Event One Day
Favorite Fundraising Event Weekend or Longer
Favorite Drag Queen
Favorite Nightlife Destination
Favorite Dance Club
Favorite Media Personality
Favorite Miami Attraction
Favorite Retail Store
Favorite Nonprofit Organization
Favorite Local Hero
The awards were presented at a reception and dinner party on Tuesday, September 23, at the Miami Beach Convention Center with celebrity stand-up comedian ANT emceeing the energetic event. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event included an open bar cocktail reception, a silent auction and a three-course seated dinner.
A live, cabaret-style routine featured performances from Lori Lynch, executive director of the LGBT Visitor Center, and her drag queen back-up dancers, the “Flamingettes,” (aka The Palace Divas) Tiffany Fantasia, Noel Leon, Tlo Ivy and Missy Meyakie LePaige. Lynch and the Flamingettes opened the awards ceremony with “Everything’s All Pink Flamingos,” a send-up of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical “Gypsy.” To close the ceremony, Lynch led the audience in “I Am What I Am” from “La Cage Aux Folles,” which transitioned into a heart-pumping disco rendition delivered by 50 members of the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus.
Proceeds from the “Pink Flamingo Awards” benefit the LGBT Visitor Center which welcomes thousands of international visitors throughout the year and serves as a major hub of activity for the local community. The Visitor Center is funded and operated by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the non-profit foundation of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.