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The 13th annual Stonewall Black and White Compass ball will be honoring 45 years of LGBT accomplishments of the gay rights movement on Saturday June 28at the Harriet Himmel at CityPlace, in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.

“The event recognizes not only the collective history of the LGBT movement but also sheds light on opportunities for the community’s future through full inclusive social justice,” said Compass Marketing director Ana Lucia Zagazeta.

The event attracts over 1,000 people including many elected officials and community activists. The Stonewall Ball VIP wine reception will begin at 8 p.m. followed by general admission, which is set to begin at 9 p.m. The ball will feature food, dance and its annual silent auction. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and VIP reception with admission is $60.

The Stonewall Ball was created in 2002 as a targeted outreach event. The event is aimed toward decision makers and the people who speak, walk, vote or donate to support them. Each year the event is held the last weekend in conjunction with Stonewall Pride celebrations that take place across the country and world. Over the years, the mission of Compass has been supported by a number of local leaders who are elected or appointed officials. Since the start of Compass many of these supporting members have become school board members, county commissioners, legislative aids, mayors, state representatives, and senators — pioneers for the LGBT rights movement.

“Last year the Stonewall Black and White Ball event was voted the best social event of the year,” Zagazetta said.

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