The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) is the largest not-for-profit corporation in the county for gay and lesbian businesses. With close to 700 member businesses, the Chamber's mission is to promote a unified and thriving, gay and gay-friendly, business and professional community throughout Miami-Dade County.

One of our goals is to create opportunities for networking. During the past 12 months we have been involved in over 66 networking events, which have ranged in size and formats. From our “Spotlight Mega-Mixers” to our “Featured Speakers Luncheons,” our “Maximize your Membership Benefits” Breakfasts, the “Gay & Lesbian Lawyers Association (GALLA)” Luncheons & Cocktails Receptions or the “Support Our Cultural Arts Members” (SOCAM) events … all are great opportunities for our members to network with each other in an engaging, fun and professional setting.

The biggest networking event of the year is our upcoming Gala. We will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at the 14th Annual Gala and Awards Celebration: “The Sapphire Gala” on Saturday, June 13 at the 1 Hotel and Homes South Beach.

The honorees this year are: DecoBike, LLC (“Business of the Year” Award), Cindy Brown (AT&T “Business Person of the Year” Award), Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (Regions Bank “Non-Profit Organization of the Year” Award), Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (Morgan Stanley “Bob Balsam Civic Achievement” Award). They have been selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well-being and quality of life in South Florida. This year’s Gala will be presented by Wells Fargo.

This annual event, MDGLCC’s principal fundraising effort of the year, helps sustain operations and the ever-increasing demand to expand programming. The event’s running order is done in such a way to allow guests to mingle and network throughout the entire evening. The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction which will be followed by dinner, the awards presentation and an after party.

Tickets are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets and include reserved seating, grand buffet dinner, open bar with Bacardi brands featuring GREY GOOSE® vodka, a VIP gift bag, parking, raffle prize participation for a trip for two to Curacao, and complimentary admission to the after party for dancing and entertainment.

For more information on the above mentioned initiatives, our Gala ( or to become a member of the MDGLCC, please contact us at 305-673-4440, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Jorge Richa is Marketing & Programming Director, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce