Summer is slowly winding down, which means it’s time for football and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Before we say goodbye to the warm weather, Compass Entourage has decided to throw their fourth annual White Party on Sept. 30.
The all-white party will be held at Penny’s at the Duke in Lantana. Like previous years, the event was designed to fundraise for Compass’ HIV Prevention and Care programs, as well as the services that help thousands of people throughout the year.
"Compass Entourage is a community of individuals who identify anywhere on the LGBTQ-plus spectrum who have fun, socialize, form relationships, and builds a stronger community to work, live, and play in,” explained Dylan Brooks who serves as the group coordinator and facilitator.
Compass is no stranger to throwing parties.
They host several gatherings throughout the year, like The Pride Kickoff at HG Roosters and the Lei Me Luau at Mad Hatter Lounge. Thanks to the positive reaction amongst party goers, the All White Party has become the premier signature event for Penny’s at the Duke.
Entourage has recruited go-go dancers as well as popular queens LA, and RaeJean Cox who performed last year. The party does not stop there, VJ Tim will be on hand providing music for the dancefloor, while Lily’s catering supplies the finger foods and appetizers. In addition to food and entertainment, there will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as jello shots. Guests are also encouraged to wear white, with a pop of pride.
Besides Entourage at Compass other support groups include FTM Transgender Support Group, Good Orderly AA, Positive Connection, and PBC Gender Support all benefit the LGBT community and its allies.
In 2016, Compass Entourage won the award for SGFN’s Best LGBT Group. They’ve been nominated again this year.
“To be nominated again is just so awesome,” Brooks said. “The members are really who make the group as awesome as it is. Everyone is so full of energy and wanting to do things out in the community,” Brooks said. “We would like to thank everyone who voted and everyone in the community who sees the work we do and supports us in those efforts!”
Brooks is also nominated for LGBT Activist of the year for the first time. Some of his major involvements this year has included the 100-day teen homelessness challenge and Lake Worth Pride, just to name a few.
“I am very honored to be nominated for this year's South Florida Gay News Best of LGBT Activist for Palm Beach County,” Brooks said. “I advocate for the LGBT-plus community because I want to be sure the community, myself, and my partner have a safe space to be ourselves without fear of ridicule, judgment, or attack. I am honored to know that people see the work I am doing for our community and how much of an impact it is making.”
Brooks though faces some stiff competition, namely former recipient and co-worker Julie Seaver, Chief Financial Officer for Compass Community Center.
“I am so honored to be among the most amazing nominees for LGBT Activist of the Year. As a previous recipient of this honor, I have cast my vote for Dylan this year-I honestly think he has cloned himself as he just seems to be everywhere,” Seaver said. “Everyone at Compass is so honored to be a part of the SFGN family-with allies and activists alike-together, we can have a larger impact on the LGBT community and advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.”
Compass Entourage presents the 4th Annual All White Party. September 30th from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Penny’s at the Duke, 902 N Dixie Hwy, Lantana. The event is free and open to the public. Compass Entourage meets every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Compass in downtown Lake Worth. For more information about Compass Entourage visit www.compassglcc.com