The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBT community at “The Platinum Gala,” its 20thAnniversary Annual Awards Celebration on Saturday, May 18, at the Hilton Miami Downtown, starting at 6 p.m.
This annual event, MDGLCC’s principal fundraising effort of the year, helps sustain operations and the ever-‐increasing demand to expand programming. “The Platinum Gala” will consist of a fabulous silent auction and interactive pop-up display area, open bar with light bites, followed by grand buffet dinner, the awards ceremony, and moonlight networking.
Over 500 guests are expected to be in attendance to pay tribute to these honorees selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall well‐being and quality of life in south Florida.
The 2019 honorees are; NBC6 South Florida (AT&T Business of the Year), Bertha Galindo-Crucet & Kevin Walsh, (Regions Business Persons of the Year), and Michael Bath (Morgan StanleyBob Balsam Civic Achievement Award).
For the fifth year in a row, the MDGLCC is honoring former Miami Beach Convention Center General Manager Bob Balsam by naming this award in his memory. In his short five-year tenure in South Florida, Balsam made significant contributions to the LGBT community. He was a kind and generous man who gave tremendously of his time. He was also financially generous to make sure “his community” benefitted from his stature as a business leader.
This year’s honoree Michael Bath has the charisma and qualities that were exemplified by Balsam, thus making him deserving of this award. For close to 30 years he has been involved in projects and initiatives that have made a significant impact in the LGBT community. As events director with the National LGBTQ Task Force he is committed to forward-thinking progressive change.
“Michael’s work, professionalism, and dedication has contributed to the organization’s success in providing more than $3 million in funds that have supported over 75 other nonprofit organizations in South Florida empowering and elevating the community. He is a well-respected activist, fundraiser, and a friend to many. We could not be more proud to honor him with this overdue recognition,” said Jorge Richa, MDGLCC’s marketing & programming director.