A record crowd raised $260,000 for LGBT rights at the Broward Gala this past Sunday at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.

The fired up crowd included dozens of key elected officials, including Congressman Alcee Hastings, who had first fought for LGBT rights as a city council member in the 1970’s.

Candidates and community leaders from the School Board to Congress were pressing the flesh, seeking endorsements and votes. Both candidates in the Democratic Primary for Republican Congressman Alan West’s seat were there, Patrick Murphy and Lois Frankel.

The evening was a fundraiser for Equality Florida Institute and a night to honor Teri Williams and Michael Rajner for their work ending bullying and securing equal rights for LGBT Floridians.

The evening came on the heels of a tremendous victory for equality in Broward- passage of an Equal Benefits Ordinance that requires companies doing business with Broward to provide the same benefits to domestic partners that are given to married couples. Former county Mayor Ken Keechl was present, now running again for a seat on the county commission.