On June 22, Compass will host our 18th annual Stonewall Black and White Ball at the Harriet Himmel Theatre in Rosemary Square/City Place, West Palm Beach — and all proceeds from the evening will support Compass’ life-saving programs.

If you are reading this, you are invited to attend and support our important work in the community!  

This year’s event is momentous in that we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the catalyst and birth of the LGBT rights movement in America. 

Every year this event offers the chance to celebrate our Pride and recognize those who dedicate themselves to empowering and advocating for the LGBT community. This year our honorees are Michael Brown Faces of the Community Awardrecipient Pete Stewart and Compass Leadership Awardrecipient retired County Commissioner Paulette Burdick.

The ball also provides visibility for Palm Beach County’s elected officials and community leaders, to unite them with our community members and gather in a celebration of history. A dozen or more elected officials and candidates will be in attendance and announced from the stage as the dance party begins at 9 p.m. 

As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the theme this year is black and white with a sparkle of gold. Recommended dress is cocktail attire or costumes. Every year our community outdoes itself in creativity, so if you’re coming, feel free to express yourself in whatever fashion you prefer!

The evening will include a silent auction which boasts some truly beautiful items from local merchants, as well as gift certificates to area restaurants. Returning again this year is the balloon auction, which includes a prize with each purchase. The array of prize options includes the coveted T-shirts created for Palm Beach Pride this year.

New this year is an open bar as part of the VIP reception and the addition of a new ticket level, the Gold Ticket. This option includes the VIP reception and dance party, and name recognition on a sponsor board, as well as in social media posts leading up to the ball. The cost is $250. To attend the VIP reception and dance party without the name recognition is $150. To attend the dance party from 9 to midnight is still an affordable $35, and to enjoy the open bar during the party is an additional $50. 

Tickets can only be purchased online until 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. To get your tickets or for more information, head to: CompassGLCC.com/stonewall

This will once again be the party of the summer. You won’t want to miss it! 

Claudia Harrison is the Chief Information Officer at Compass Community Center. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.