Much of our history is preserved and displayed at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA), but this week they’re celebrating our present and future at the Stonewall: Where History Comes Out Gala.

“Stonewall has a good reputation for hosting a fun event,” Hunter O’Hanian said. “In the past, it has been in large ballrooms in fancy hotels. This year, we wanted to do something different, we brought it to one of the most beautiful restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.”

Three people are being honored. Karine Jean-Pierre is receiving the Diversity & Inclusion award. She is White House Principal Secretary for the Biden Administration.

Alix Ritchie is a media consultant, activist, and self-described agitator. Ritchie is being honored with the Philanthropy Award. The Ally Award is given to Stacy Ritter. She is president and CEO of Visit Fort Lauderdale, and was on the team that came up with the perfect slogan for our area: Everyone Under the Sun.

If it seems like it will be “Ladies Night,” you’re not alone. “Given that the last Stonewall Gala presented awards to four men,” O’Hanian said, “it's about time that we gave awards to three women! They were selected for their exceptional accomplishments by our Gala Committee.”

The Gala will be hosted by Nic Harris, one of South Florida’s most noted attorneys, activist, and speaker. But this isn’t just a night of good deeds and good food. There will also be top entertainers. The Fort Lauderdale Men’s Chorus is set to perform, and then the Synergy Twins will take the mood to the next level with their high-energy performances. 

SFGN is a Diamond Sponsor for the gala, which starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8 at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse at 2400 E. Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. For tickets, visit