A host of social service agency directors and Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, gathered at the Mary Porter Ballroom of the Broward Center of the Performing Arts last Saturday, to recognize the winners of this year’s LGBT Philanthropy Awards, presented by Our Fund.
“The Philanthropy Awards, which recognize and celebrate South Florida’s leading philanthropists and volunteers, has become our signature event,” said David Jobin, president and CEO, Our Fund Foundation.“We are extremely grateful for the continued support from Bank of America Private Bank which enables us to honor these remarkable and generous community leaders who help make South Florida the most livable and energetic community in the country for LGBT people.”
This year’s honorees included Paul Fasana, who received the Dick Schwarz Award for Lifetime Achievement. His contributions were instrumental in building much of the infrastructure of LGBT life in South Florida, Jobin stated.
Accepting the award, Fasana paid homage to his late partner, Robert S. Graham, whom he stated gave him the inspiration to carry on and try to do good for others.
In addition to his volunteering, Fasana has endowed a fund in perpetuity for Stonewall at Our Fund and supports many local LGBT causes and agencies through his generosity.
Wayne Schrebe was the recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year Award. His contributions helped launch Our Fund’s “Protect Our Elders” Fund.
“The boundless energy” of Mark Gilbert was recognized by awarding him the “Commitment to a Cause” Award, citing his “infectious spirit of volunteerism,” which has helped make the OUTShine Film Festival such a popular community staple.
The Chair of SunServe, Victor Warren, was awarded the “Next Generation of Philanthropy” Award, citing his stewardship of the nonprofit, which has led to 26 consecutive quarters of growth and expanded programming for the agency.