The 4th Annual Pink Flamingo Awards, one of South Florida’s most fun and entertaining events, will return to Jungle Island on Thursday, September 22nd. A benefit for the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach, the Pink Flamingo Awards honor people, places and organizations that have demonstrated a level of excellence in the South Florida community throughout the year.
“One of the things that sets the Pink Flamingo Awards apart from other recognition events is that it is members of the community who select the award recipients,” said Lori Lynch, Executive Director of the LGBT Visitor Center. “This is one of the reasons we chose the theme Community Celebrating Community for the event, as all of the individuals and organizations are submitted by the people who know them or use their services.”
The theme also reflects the fact that the Pink Flamingo Awards is the sole fundraising event for the LGBT Visitor Center, enabling it to continue to provide programming and services to residents and visitors alike.
Since the LGBT Visitor Center shares space with the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Miami Beach’s Old City Hall, most people assume that they are one entity, but this is not the case.
“Since the LGBT Visitor Center does not have a membership, we depend on the support of the community, with the Pink Flamingo Awards as our only fundraising event,” addds Lori.
The LGBT Visitor Center is internationally renowned as having been the first of its kind in the United States. It serves as a major hub of activity and programming for our local community and welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the year.
At the foundation of the Center’s community development is community wellness and social engagement. The LGBT Visitor Center offers a variety of workshops, group activities and panel discussions under the theme of personal wellness. To help build and strengthen our community relationships, it also holds social events at the Center throughout the year.
The first round of voting will launch July 21, 2016, and the entire community is invited to take part in the voting process, selecting both the nominees and the winners at www.PinkFlamingoAwards.com. This is the “write-in” round where you can enter your favorites in each of the 21 categories, with voting ending on August 21, 2016.
The top 5 vote-getters in each category will be announced at a fabulous Kickoff Party August 27, 2016 at The Epic Hotel! The 2nd round of voting will kick off on August 29, with the winners to be announced at the 4th Annual Pink Flamingo Awards celebration.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the 4th Annual Pink Flamingo Awards, which features an open bar cocktail reception, three-course dinner, silent auction and live entertainment showcasing some of the best that South Florida’s LGBT community and its allies have to offer.
An exciting celebrity emcee will be announced soon! Check for updates and announcements on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pinkflamingoawards, and view a recap of the 2015 Pink Flamingo Awards at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6reIeK0JOI8
About the LGBT Visitor Center
The LGBT Visitor Center is operated by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the 501c3 nonprofit foundation of the Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. www.GoGayMiami.com