The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council’s annual Winter Fete took place April 10 at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens raising a record amount for the local LGBT rights organization — more than $90,000.   

“This year’s Winter Fete was magical — and our most successful event ever,” said Rand Hoch, PBCHRC’s president.

About 165 people attended this year’s event.

“Most of our supporters had not been able to socialize outside of their immediate pods for more than one year,” Hoch said. “Watching people reconnect — still in a socially distant way — in this beautiful venue was heartwarming.”

Despite the pandemic PBCHRC has had a busy year so far. Here are just a few of their achievements according to their website:

– By unanimous vote, the West Palm Beach City Commission voted to designate H.G. Roosters as a Historic Preservation Site.  

– The Town of Lake Park enacts an LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinance. 

– The School District of Palm Beach County requires public schools to require gender-neutral caps and gowns for graduations. 

– Palm Beach County amends its Equal Opportunity Ordinance by extending protection from discrimination to employees working for small businesses (those with 5-14 employees). 

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