These are the winners for SFGN's Best of Broward's Other category.

 

Best Non-Profit & Best HIV Non-profit
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Best Event That Must Come Back - Wicked Manors
 

WickedManors.org

Wicked

                                                                                                                       Photo via Facebook.

A new category created during the pandemic; Best Events That Must Come Back.  And the winner? The Pride Center’s annual Halloween extravaganza – Wicked Manors.  

The Pride Center announced in August that they would not host Wicked Manors this year due to the pandemic.    

Event Co-Founder and Chairperson, Doug Cureton believes health and safety must come first.  

In 2019, more than 30,000 people flooded the streets in fabulous costumes for the Seven Deadly Sins theme. Multiple stages dotted the drive and the event boasted the highest attendance for the event thus far.   

The Pride Center threw a socially distanced pre-Halloween bash in Mass District in Fort Lauderdale Oct. 30.  Wicked Manors is a major fundraiser for the Pride Center but you can still donate to them in order to help fund vital programs at the community center.   

Roger Roa, Event Producer and Pride Center’s Director of Development, is confident Wicked Manors will make a return next year,    

“Wicked Manors will return stronger and better in 2021,” he said. “We are excited to provide our community with a safe place to enjoy Halloween.”  

Runner-Up: Fort Lauderdale Pride  

– CM

Best Sports League - South Florida Armature Athletic Association 

SFAAAsoftball.com

SFAAA

Photo credit: Rocky Bowell.

SFAAA takes the Best Sports League award for the sixth time in a row.

Founded in 1994, SFAAA is committed to allowing both gay and non-gay participants to compete in a welcoming environment to enjoy and feel safe in.

However, SFAAA isn’t just about playing softball.

“I like being a part of SFAAA because it gives me a great place to be with friends and make new ones,” said Rocky Bowell last year at the Gay World Series in Kansas City.

Runner-Up: Rainbow Sports League

– KS

Best Neighborhood - Victoria Park 

Fort Lauderdale

VictoriaPark

Photo via Facebook.

Residents of Fort Lauderdale’s Victoria Park neighborhood love the small-town feel within a big city location.

Bordered by Broward, Sunrise, U.S. 1 and waterways to the east, it is a mix of upscale “Old Florida” homes and more traditional houses.

It’s got the massive Holiday Park and the neighborhood rubs shoulders with emerging and uber-trendy Flagler Village.

It’s an LGBT friendly area, too, and is home to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives.

“So many LGBTQ folks coming to South Florida see Victoria Park as a perfect opportunity to appreciate a diverse and welcoming neighborhood,” Kip Reynolds said.

Reynolds is a Realtor and membership chair of the Victoria Park Civic Association.

He said the pandemic has made the neighborhood even more desirable as people decide to leave crowded areas or large rental complexes.

Runner-Up: The Central Neighborhood Area of Wilton Manors

– DS

Best Spiritual Center - Sunshine Cathedral 

1480 SW 9th Ave.  

Fort Lauderdale 

SunshineCathedral.org

sunshine

Photo via Facebook.

For the eighth year in a row, Sunshine Cathedral takes first place for Best Spiritual Center in Broward County.

Sunshine Cathedral is known for its warm and inviting atmosphere.

This spiritual place has been proactive with its fight against COVID-19. They already had a brown bag lunch program for people with housing insecurity, and bags of groceries for people with food insecurities.  When unemployment skyrocketed in early spring, they tackled the issue head-on.   

Rev. Dr Durrell Watkins explains that the Brown Bag lunch program has been in place for years but when the pandemic hit they obtained some grants that allowed them to expand the program. 

“We have seen an increased need, and we’re currently serving about 500 families a week,” he said. 

Watkins and his husband Dr. Robert Griffin have found new ways to reach the community such as daily virtual services.

“We are so very pleased and thankful to the readers of SFGN –  we just want to serve the community,” he said. “There are so many great options for spiritual centers.”

Runner-Up: United Church of Christ in Fort Lauderdale

– CM

Best Museum - Stonewall National Museum and Archives  

1300 East Sunrise Boulevard 

Fort Lauderdale 

Stonewall-Museum.org

stonewall

Photo via Facebook.

For the fourth year in a row, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives won Best Museum. Earlier this year the museum closed its Wilton Drive location, moving everything under one roof on Sunrise. Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director, said the decision to close their satellite location was made before the pandemic hit.  

“The space was just too costly,” he said.  

Like everyone, SNMA had to deal with the effects of the pandemic. Luckily they only had to cut one position in half. “We have been open to the public since early July and just added weekend hours,” he said. “It has been great to see our in-person numbers rise each month.” O’Hanian said it’s been a relatively good time for Stonewall, all things considered.  

“We launched a virtual weekly programming series which is now attracting viewers from around the nation,” he said.

The museum launched a partnership with Airbnb and now gives tours to people visiting.

“We have been putting up some great exhibitions for people to see live and online,” he said. “We have strengthened our institutional fundraising efforts and those have started to pay off.”

The future looks bright for the museum.

“We are going to strengthen our programming, improve our infrastructure and reach a larger audience - all the while being a major LGBTQ force here in South Florida,” he said.

Runner-Up: Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

– JM

Best Sports Team - The Pub Riptide

riptide

Photo via Facebook.

For the second time in a row, softball team The Pub Riptide has won Best Sports Team.

“Thank you to everyone who voted for The Pub Riptide! It is an absolutely great privilege to play in an amazing league that cherishes sportsmanship and competitiveness,” said Coach Rob Gallagher. “Our team’s goals have always been about being competitive, creating friendships, and representing SFAAA well on and off the field.”

Gallagher has been the team’s coach for 9 years. This season has been especially challenging with the pandemic.

“We have been taking a lot of precautions like telling people not to come if they’re sick; mandating masks; having hand sanitizers in the dugouts; social distancing; and giving players/teams choices to play, or not play, without any penalty and reduced fees for players,” he said.

Runner-Up: Alibi Angels

– KS


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