This year’s Floatarama, an annual pride on the water event, raised $50,000 for agencies serving vulnerable and disadvantaged LGBT youth in South Florida. FLoatarama 2022 took place on June 11 and raised funds for their LGBTQ Youth Fund, while also having a prideful blast on and near the water.
“We are thrilled to be among the wonderful groups of vital organizations in our community that are providing direct services to our youth,” said Tony Lima, CEO and executive director of SunServe. “SunServe’s FLoatarama funding will focus on providing vital mental health and wellbeing services to the LGBTQ+ youth across the community.”
Floatarama is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support vulnerable and disadvantaged LGBT youth on and around the water in the Venice of America. FLoatarama was founded during the COVID lockdown in June 2020, which started as a socially distanced Pride boat parade but later became a non-profit in early 2022. Now, FLoatarama annually provides water-filled fun during Stonewall Pride with their FLotilla (boat parade) and Sailor’s Dance & Pool Party while raising funds for marginalized youth. FLoatarama has raised almost $70,000 to benefit queer youth across South Florida.
This year’s grant recipients were selected from 16 applications, all from local organizations aligned with FLoatarama’s mission, in response to a Request For Proposals issued by FLoatarama’s Philanthropy Partner, the Our Fund Foundation.
The grant recipients are as follows:
South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, or SFPWE, is a musical group for the LGBT community in Fort Lauderdale. The SFPWE received a $10,000 grant that will support their Youth Pride Band Program and create a new scholarship for the inaugural FLoatarama Youth Pride Band Soloist Competition winner. The winner will perform with the full Pride Wind Ensemble at their concert in May 2023.
The YES Institute works to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation. The YES Institute received a $10,000 grant to facilitate 10 educational sessions to reach over 400 professionals across the Systems of Care in Broward County.
SunServe works to provide critical life assistance and professional mental health services with an emphasis on economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, adults, and seniors in the greater South Florida metropolitan area. SunServe received a $15,000 grant to bolster its ongoing mission and programs affected by Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Pridelines works to support, educate and empower South Florida’s LGBT youth and community in safe and diverse spaces to promote dialogue and wellness and foster social change. Pridelines received a $15,000 grant to fund their CampOUT initiative. CampOUT is a three-day youth development camp at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale next spring.
Learn more about FLoatarama at floatarama.org.