Doug Pew got involved in South Florida’s gay choral movement thanks to his partner, Don Croxton. Croxton was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus for several years and was among a dozen men who organized The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida in the summer of 2010.
Pew, a lawyer, volunteered to incorporate the company and secure not-for-profit charitable status. Pew and Croxton donated $5,000 to GMCSF during those early months, a sum matched by Pew’s former employer UTC. Initially involved as a result of Don’s interest and passion, Pew’s involvement took on a life of its own.
Pew served as chairman of the Board of Directors for seven years, during which time he ensured the Chorus’ success, both financially and structurally. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
In addition to the Chorus, Pew and his partner have supported, to a smaller degree, numerous LGBT groups, including Our Fund, Equality Florida, Lambda Legal, Stonewall Library & Museum, the Pride Center and others.
Speaking of Our Fund, Pew notes that it “has proven itself capable of preserving the assets given to it and extremely qualified to provide valuable guidance to those in the LGBTQ community who may not have the time nor resources to evaluate the many deserving organizations in our area. Our Fund, which currently oversees over $10 million, is an ideal depository for anyone wishing to leave a legacy that may continue for many years after one's life is ended.”
This year Pew and Croxton celebrate their 50thanniversary. They met in 1969: the year of Stonewall, Woodstock and the first moon landing. They met in a bar with a back door alley entrance, were married in Toronto, Canada on the first weekend that gay marriage was legalized there, and committed to each other in a quiet corner of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. A lifelong Democrat, Doug is addicted to politics. Always enjoying travel, Pew has been able to pursue his enchantment with the world around us.
– Jesse Monteagudo
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