The Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange [GLBX], a council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, is Broward County’s premier support for Gay and Lesbian owned businesses as well as gay-friendly businesses is once again at the forefront of “building bridges” with the community as a whole.

How? One might ask….

By showcasing local artists’ work at the upcoming ARTOPIA event.

The backdrop for ARTOPIA will be GALLERYone Hotel, in Fort Lauderdale. The Doubletree Suites Hotel, is dubbed “GALLERYone” because of the beautiful art exhibits displayed throughout the hotel lobby. It’s also the perfect host locale because of their long-standing support and involvement within the GLBT community.

Sure to be the cultural event of the season, on May 16 hundreds of attendees will be encompassed by cool water views while perusing both displayed and interactive art. Artists will be on hand to chat about their passion and exhibit pieces. Our theme, Building Bridges, will showcase how Broward County’sprofessional and cultural communities bring businesses from all industries togetherto form substantive and lucrative relationships, enabling our local economy togrow. The event will showcase all forms of art, including: culinary art; fashion; visual arts (painting, sketch, printmaking, and photography); and performance art (music, theater, song, and dance). Surely, something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Cocktails and hor’ douvres will be passed; over-the-top items will be auctioned and raffled; and, VIP ticket holders will be privy to special surprises.

Over the past few years, the GLBX council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has been one of the fastest growing business groups in Broward County. As a well respected organization, we want to join efforts with both large and small corporations; straight and gay-owned businesses, so that together we can “build bridges” to infuse dollars back into our own area. In an overwhelming agreement to bring new and exciting cultural programming to our area, the idea to raise funds for the arts, in partnership with gay-friendly businesses and patrons was conceived. ARTOPIA will be its debut. This year’s event will benefit the Arts Commission Grant Programs through the Broward County Cultural Division.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets for ARTOPIA are limited, so be sure to contact

Rene Cantu, Director of Business Development of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 954-462-7498 or event Co-chairs Michael Faerber 954-243-4535 or Geph Scarr 954-319-1381 ASAP to be apart of a most spectacular evening of Building Bridges through Art.

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