A publisher, a Wilton Manors bar owner, an attorney and two politicians are among the honorees at this year’s Dolphin Democrats Equality for All Awards Reception. The Dolphin Democratic Club is Florida’s oldest and largest LGBT political organization.
The event recognizes outstanding leaders who have demonstrated the strength to lead and a vision to improve the lives of those in the LGBT community and all deserving citizens.
It will be held Sunday, Oct. 23 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach. The evening will include a VIP Reception and cocktail reception from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. There will also be a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m. A portion of the proceeds being donated will go to the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Children with AIDS) House of Hope and Stepping Stones.
“This year’s event brings together the many people who are determined to rediscover their focus and resolve in order to maintain the momentum for change engendered by President Obama, and to insure the election of those who support his agenda and the rights of the LGBT community,” said Dean Trantalis, Co-Chair of the event.
Jennifer Morales and Laurie Whitaker will be honored with the Jamie Bloodworth Award. The prestigious award goes to any self-identifying woman who has shown excellent leadership in improving community relations in the LGBT Community.
The two women have been together for more than 30 years. Whitaker is the owner of Sidelines Bar in Wilton Manors. Morales handles public relations for the bar. Sidelines has contributed to many Wilton Manors’ charitable organizations and major fundraising events – including sponsoring the Florida AIDS Walk. In addition, both women have been instrumental in the Dolphin’s Get out the Vote Campaigns.
Morales and Whitaker tell SFGN: “We are incredibly honored and proud to receive this award. When we opened Sidelines Sports Bar over 5 years ago, our focus was as business people working hard to be successful while giving back to our community. We never intended to receive such accolades and high praises, but it certainly is nice to be recognized in this way. Thanks must also go to an incredible staff of dedicated and hardworking people who each day step up and make us look good!”
The Trailblazer Award will be awarded to Patricia Windowmaker, Counsel to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. She worked for Transgender rights on a national level and included it in the hiring at the BSO. Windowmaker will be a newlywed when she accepts her award, after being legally married in Massachusetts to Broward Judge Lisa Porter.
Peter Clark will receive the Media Award. Clark is the publisher of Hotspots Magazine. Last year, Hotspots celebrated its 25th anniversary as part of Florida’s gay community. Clark is proud to be a Founding Member of Gay and Lesbian Community Center of South Florida and equally proud to support many other community organizations.
Maroone/AutoNation will receive the Humanitarian Award. Gale Butler, the company’s corporate vice president will accept the award. Maroone/AutoNation is a major sponsor of the International Rodeo, Broward House and the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Congressman Ted Deutch will take home the Political Alliance Award. Rep. Deutch serves Florida's 19th district in the House of Representatives. He first won election to Congress in a special election held on April 13, 2010 and was then elected for a full term Nov. 4, 2010. Congressman Deutch co-sponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2011to combat harassment and bullying of LGBT children in public schools. Anne Sallee, Vice Mayor of Oakland Park is being honored as well. She was selected for her hard work in the Dolphin’s Get out the Vote Campaign.
It’s a crucial political time for South Florida and the rest of the state. “Florida Republicans are trying to redistrict in their favor. To win the election for the Democrats, Broward needs to register more Democrats, get them the info needed to absentee vote, and early vote in the shortened early voter timeline. Broward needs to have over a 250,000 lead to help win the state. Every GLBT person 18 and older needs to register and vote,” says Event Co-Chair Richard Cimoch.
Tickets for the Dolphin Democrats’ Awards Reception can be purchased online at www.DolphinDems.org. Individual tickets are $75, which includes the reception, dinner awards presentation and silent auction. VIP tickets are $150 per person also includes a VIP reception.