The 20th Annual Stonewall Ball will be taking place this Saturday, June 25, at the Cox Science Center and Aquarium.
The evening will be a celebration of 35 years of Compass Community Center, complete with a vibrant and bright “Electric Disco” theme. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m., with a VIP reception from 7 to 9 and the dance party commencing thereafter.
With the LGBT community coming under political attack both nationwide and locally, events like Stonewall are more important than ever.
“They want us to go back in the closet,” said Compass executive director Julie Seaver. “We’re not going anywhere.”
The event will act as a celebration of the community and the work that Compass has done over the last 35 years.
The Award and VIP cocktail reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. and be hosted by local celebrity and personality Fay What!?, the host of the Fay What Show and popular hostess and emcee of events in South Florida. Compass will be presenting three awards to community members during the reception.
Ruthie Berman will be receiving the Compass Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the amazing work she has done in both Florida and New York. Berman’s advocacy started back in 1988, when she and her wife Connie Kurtz sued the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits, and continues today. Ty Penerga, the first openly gay mayor of Boynton Beach, will be receiving the Compass Leadership Award. The Faces of the Community Award is being presented to Joseph L. Kold and Michael Hoagland for their efforts with the mature LGBT community.
No Compass event would be complete without an ensemble of Palm Beach County’s best and brightest drag performers. The First Lady of the Palm Beaches, Melissa St John, will be joined by Miss Florida FI at Large Velvet Lenore and Miss Palm Beach Pride 2018 Rianna Petrone for a series of shows. Attendees are promised a few surprises throughout the evening as well.
To learn more about Compass visit https://compassglcc.com.