Last week, the GLCC/Pride Center announced their 2010 Stars of the Rainbow honorees, to be showcased at the annual Stars of the Rainbow fundraiser, to be held March 21st at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. 2010 marks the Center’s 17th anniversary of providing valued services and programs to the community.

Guests attending this spectacular poolside event will be given the chance to make a difference in our community while gazing at the sunset over South Florida. This year’s theme is “Black & White” and guests are encouraged to wear cocktail-chic black or white attire. In addition to the always emotional Stars of the Rainbow ceremony, guests will be greeted by the sounds of the Delray String Quartet and be delighted by an elegant display of cuisine, fashion and entertainment.

The honorees represent individuals, businesses and organizations that exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and/or activism. Honorees have represented the GLBT community in a positive light, and have supported the efforts of the GLCC/Pride Center. This year’s honorees include:

Business Star of the Year
Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Community Star of the Year
Richard Gray

Board Member Star of the Year
Nicole Mannarino, CPA—Board Treasurer
Partner, MarcumRachlin, a division of Marcum LLP

Public Official Star of the Year
Anthony Neidwicki, Oakland Park City Commission

Volunteer Star of the Year
Lavender Events for Women

Alan Schubert Humanitarian Award
Mona Pittenger

Tyler Healis Sustainability Award
John C. Graves Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward

Oakland Park City Commissioner Antho­ny Neidwicki tells SFGN, “It is an honor to be re­cognized by such an important organization that gives so much to our community. As an openly gay elected official and community activist, I have worked hard to make Oakland Park welcoming to and inclusive of the GLBT community and our families, so it is great to be recognized for my work.”

Richard Gray states, “It was a wonderful and very flattering sur­prise to hear that I was the recipient of the 2010 Community Star of the Year Award. Being honored by your community peers is the absolute icing on the cake, and makes all the years of my work helping Greater Fort Lauderdale become one of the Top GLBT destinations in North America even more special.”

Mona Pittenger was “very flattered and quite humbled. The leadership of the GLCC/Pride Center, both staff and volunteer, has done so much to make this project a reality I felt that bestowing such a high honor on me was indeed a selfless act. As a community, we have a lot of work to do to grow to the same level as other major markets. The new Pride Center campus is a tremendous step in the right direction. It will take increased commitment by the entire community to make equality a reality for all GLBT people, both in time and money.”

Date: Sunday, March 21st 2010

Location: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, 2301 S.E. 17th Street Causeway, Fort Lauderdale

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

A Limited amount of tickets are currently available for $150 and can be purchased at StarsOfTheRainbow.com.

For questions about underwriting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Robert Boo, Director of Development at 954-463-9005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The GLCC/Pride Center was founded in 1993 by philanthropist and gay pioneer, Alan Schubert. Alan recognized the need for a comprehensive program of services to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, primarily in Broward County. The GLCC/Pride Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established and now serves as a source for information, education, advocacy and support. It provides a positive environment that fosters personal development and quality of life for those within the community it serves.

GLCC/Pride Center Mission Statement: We provide a welcoming, safe space—an inclusive home that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida.

Additional information about the GLCC/Pride Center can be obtained by visiting www.glccsf.org