So far, the 2020s have been the boring '20s. But SunServe is ready to celebrate the Roaring '20s.

They’re marking their 20th anniversary with SunServe’s SHINE: A 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Being held at The Manor this Saturday, March 26, guests will be transported back to a glamorous, 1920s supper club with a modern twist. The affair is black tie, but beyond that, retro creativity is encouraged. 1920s period wear, sparkles and sequins are expected to be on full display. The evening starts with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner in the Crystal Ballroom. Unlike the 1920s, there will be a very visible open bar.

The night will honor SunServe’s founders Dr. Jim Lopresti and Sunshine Cathedral with the Visionary Award. Thou Art Woman will receive the Future Legacy award, for their commitment to celebrating LGBT women and their allies through performance and visual art. The party will continue after dessert with DJ Sushiman and surprise performances. The afterparty starts at 11:30 p.m. in the Epic Room with DJ Nina Flowers of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame.

Emcee for the night will be Tony Lima, SunServe’s executive director. “It’s a very exciting time for SunServe as we turn 20 this year, with a legacy of supporting our community,” he said. “After a rough patch that included the pandemic, I am happy to report that we’re in a strong place to move forward.”

Over 20 years, SunServe has become a go-to organization for underserved members of South Florida’s community. Lima points out that SunServe is the only organization in South Florida dedicated to providing mental health and social services for the LGBT community. Those include senior daycare services, youth therapy, life coaching and group sessions, substance abuse disorder case management, providing housing and support to people living with HIV, mental health therapy for LGBT adults with their network of therapists, supporting women’s healthy living and a team that goes out to educate corporations, civic organizations and nonprofits on LGBTQ inclusivity.

“Our legacy of work runs the gamut. The community knows we’re here for them,” Lima said. 


Tickets for the gala are sold out, but there is a waitlist in case of cancellations. To view the event, visit eventbrite.com. For more information on the gala and SunServe, go to Sunserve.org.


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