May 9 Gala Will Feature Judy Shepard 

‘Diversity Honors’ is the theme for an evening that is likely to become one of the most successful fundraisers for both the Pride Center at Equality Park and the Harvey Milk Foundation.

If you are interested, get your tickets soon. The event is little more than a month away, in the ballroom of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel.

A meeting of table captains was hosted last Thursday at the W Hotel by Peter Clark, president of the Hotspots Media Group, who will serve on the host committee, along with some other distinguished persons, including Rand Hoch of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.

Michael Goodman, the well-known publicist, who is also on the host committee, has volunteered to do all the public relations for the evening’s gala. It will feature and honor Judy Shepard, the president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Already announced as honorary hosts for the event are Congresspersons Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Expect other prominent politicians to line up to support the Harvey Milk Foundation, which has gained international acclaim and stature under the aegis of Milk’s nephew, Wilton Manors resident Stuart Milk.

Sponsorship opportunities are plentiful, but need to be acted on quickly. While a corporate table for ten may be acquired for as little as $2,500, the group’s aspirations are much higher. They are hoping for major and regional presenting sponsors to come in at the $75,000 and $50,000 level.

Stated Robert Boo, the Executive Director of the Pride Center at Equality Park, “Stuart Milk and his foundation have been truly inspirational. He has spoken out for LGBT rights in more than 40 states and over 20 countries on 6 continents.”

It’s the hope of both Stuart Milk and Boo that the joint effort will be the nascent days of a dream which will one day bring a Harvey Milk Conference Center onto the campus of the Pride Center.

The South Florida event, labeled ‘Diversity Honors,’ is an extension of the Milk Foundation’s ‘Diversity Breakfasts,’ successful events now held annually in San Diego and Orlando.

While they started small, they have grown into regional gatherings of diverse political and geographical LGBT groups, crossing over politics and personalities.

“Sponsorship opportunities provide a unique chance for companies to engage and connect with LGBTQ leaders and allies in an inspiring atmosphere,” remarked Event committee co-chair Miriam Richter, a Wilton Manors attorney who provides pro bono legal services for the Milk Foundation.

For more information, call the Pride Center at Equality Park at 954-463-9005.