The show will go on, but not as originally planned.

Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE) has changed this year’s Champions of Equality Gala, the latest event affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We have made the tough decision to move the gala from in-person to virtual amid the seriousness of the global pandemic and the Delta variant driving new surges in Florida. We feel strongly about doing the right thing for the safety of our community. The crowd size and indoor component of the gala were the driving factors in our decision. We are confident our virtual gala will be a hit and build on the success of last year,” explained Orlando Gonzales, SAVE’s executive director.

The event will be hosted by State Representative Brian Sims (D-PA). He is the first openly gay man elected to Pennsylvania’s legislature.

Honorees will be recognized in two categories: COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Safeguarding Democracy. Safeguarding Democracy recipients are David Cicilline, United States Congressman of Rhode Island, Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Caucus, and lead sponsor of the Equality Act, Shevrin “Shev” D. Jones, Florida State Senator, Eileen Higgins, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, and Artist & Illustrator Edel Rodriguez.

COVID-19 Relief Effort recipients are Kevin Cho Tipton, APRN, South Florida critical care nurse practitioner, and Florida Air National Guard Captain, The Miami Foundation LGBTQ Community Fund and Our Fund Foundation. 

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening will include a musical performance by Miami bred singer and songwriter Robbie Elias, and an online silent auction.