The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce will give out its ‘2019 Chamber Hero Awards’ on Thursday during a lunch presentation presented by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis. 

This year’s honorees include:

Jungle Queen Riverboats – Jeffrey Kaplan

"Jungle Queen Riverboats has shown support for our chamber and the LGBT community by hosting our annual holiday parties for the past 3 years in a row,” said Keith Blackburn, President & CEO of the GFLGLCC. 

Northwestern Mutual Striano Financial Group – Linda Buccilli

"Linda and Northwestern Mutual has supported the chamber and is the exclusive presenting sponsor of our quarterly breakfast events. Linda has been an amazing ally to our community,” Blackburn said. 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau – Richard Gray

"Our partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau - CVB is critical to our tourism-related efforts. The CVB partnership supports our chamber and our LGBT Visitor Center,” Blackburn said. 

Freedom Travel – Richard Safaty

"Soon after Freedom Travel joined the chamber, we were strategizing how to create a unique experience while raising money for the chamber.  Rich quickly got approval from Celebrity Cruises to host a Sunday lunch on the Celebrity Silhouette. This event was used to showcase our first chamber cruise, which sets sail on Sept. 7 on the Celebrity Equinox" Blackburn said. 

Reyka Vodka – Paola London 

"I first met Paola in 2015 when I was planning the Welcome Reception for the NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference. The event was huge. Paola and her team donated the product and created an amazing and unforgettable Reyka Waterfall. That led to our ongoing partnership, with Reyka Vodka as our monthly mixer sponsor" Blackburn said. 

If You Go:

Date/Time:     Thursday, Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Time:            11:30 a.m. to p.m.

Location:      Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.     

Contact:        Keith Blackburn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration & Networking:

11:30 a.m. to Noon

Lunch & Awards  Presentation:

Noon to 1 p.m.

Fees/Admission:         GFLGLCC Members: $40

Future Members: $45