The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida released final figures of their “Magic of Music” gala held last month at the Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

Chorus officials report the gala raised $50,680 and was attended by 370 people. The gala featured performances by chorus members under the direction of interim conductor Harold Dioquino, a brunch and auction.

Additionally, GMCSF announced the hiring of Michael A. Mendillo as director of development. Mendillo comes to the chorus from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Winchester, Va., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and a master’s in arts leadership and management.

“The chorus does so much for the community to change hearts and open minds through music,” Mendillo said. “I am so thrilled to be joining such a talented group of men.”

Up next for the chorus is a program by its elite ensemble group, Tropical Wave. On Feb. 20 at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 S.W. 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Tropical Wave presents “What’s Love Got To Do With It?: A Valentine Musical Showcase.” Tickets ($25 to $40) remain for the 8 p.m. concert time. To order, visit gaymenschorusofsouthflorida.org or call 954-763-2266.

The 165-member chorus returns to perform “Love American Style” March 18 and 19 at Sunshine Cathedral. The program aims to tell the story of America through musical genres of classical, gospel, country, rock, disco, Broadway and more in a patriotic and romantic fashion.


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