It’s a week where the ladies let their hair down.
Aqua Girl, now in its 15th year of fundraising for LBT health, is back. It runs from May 14 to 18 and includes cocktail receptions, pool parties and dance gatherings across South Florida. Revered and popular among the LBT community, it’s perhaps one of the most highly anticipated annual fundraising events of the social circuit.
“We’re excited about another great year,” said Robin Schwartz, executive director of the Aqua Foundation for Women. “It’s a fun filled week and a funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual and transgender wellness.”
Widely regarded as the premier event in South Florida for women who love women, Aqua Girl will feature appearances by singer Beverly McClellan (from NBC’s The Voice) and mixed martial artist Jessica Aguilar, in addition to performances by some of Miami’s most well known DJs. Almost half the attendees, Schwartz said, come from outside South Florida, making Aqua Girl a boom to the local economy.
“We welcome women of all shapes and sizes and our gay and straight allies alike,” Schwartz said.
All proceeds from Aqua Girl are returned to the South Florida community through the Aqua Foundation for Women; they give generously to LBT health and equality causes.
In 1999 Aqua Girl started out as a single evening fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer. It’s grown exponentially in popularity ever since.
This year Aqua Girl kicks off with a VIP cocktail reception on May 10 in Fort Lauderdale. Some of the other events include speed dating on May 14 and a MMA sponsored pool party (featuring Aguilar) at the National Hotel in South Beach.
The party hardly stops during the day, though. Ladies and fellow admirers can take to the dance floor at night, but should note strict dress code requirements at their destinations of choosing. Event organizers ask attendees to refrain from wearing flip flops, athletic sneakers, shorts, baggy jeans, ripped T-shirts, athletic jerseys, sweat pants or baseball caps.
“We want this to be a nice evening out,” Schwartz said.
A new addition to the Aqua Girl lineup comes on the evening of Saturday, May 17 the when AquaSounds concert will feature McClellan. Local bands will provide warm-up acts as well.
For tickets, sponsorship packages, a complete itinerary or general information, visit www.AquaGirl.org.