The raucous White Party is starting to put its wild 20’s behind it and going into a phase of newfound sophistication.
Mixing its roots of high-end class with its fun, party vibes, Care Resource is celebrating the party’s Diamond Jubilee from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 and keeping with tradition of the milestone gems of diamonds and pearls.
“We weren’t always so clubby. In fact, people used to bring their yachts up to Vizcaya,” said Jonathan Welsh, marketing and development manager. “It was something that was very glamorous.”
Guests at White Party years ago included Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Calvin Klein and Yoko Ono. Once the event moved away from Vizcaya and onto South Beach’s party scene, it’s become a famously long weekend of clubbing. This year, the pinnacle event and fundraiser will be hosted at the 1-year-old Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in downtown, where a 30-piece orchestra lead by Sam Hyken will be joined by DJ Knapp for a musical experience of old and new.
“We’re going back to our roots. We want to bring back the magic, the excitement, and the glamour of the White Party that is kind of reminiscent of what we used to have over at Vizcaya Mansion and Gardens,” Welsh said. “We want to have a classy, fierce, fashionable, magical event but at the same time, it’s at the all-new Perez Art Museum Miami.”
In its rebranding, the advertising materials for White Party have been toned down and the agency has been reaching out beyond the LGBT community to spread the word about the event, because the nature of the disease has changed so much since its attack on the gay community in the ‘80s. As the epidemic has changed, so has Care Resource. Started namely as an HIV/AIDS treatment center, it has expanded to include primary care, gynecology, dental, pediatrics, and other care to help a larger scope of people.
“The reality is that HIV/AIDs isn’t just an LGBT thing. It affects everybody. Blacks, whites Hispanics, young, old, it don’t matter who you are -- it can affect all of us,” Welsh said.
That’s not to say Care Resource is ditching its entire past of White Party. There are plenty of crazy parties with hot men and women dancing well into the next day -- sometimes, afternoon. Having the club scene has been important, Welsh said, because it draws out throngs of younger people, people who could benefit from hearing about the importance of getting tested regularly for HIV/AIDS.
Last year, White Party brought in $592,425 for the organization (86 cents for every dollar went to Care Resource). It might not sound like a lot, especially for an agency with a $20 million budget, but it does. Since many grants they receive are earmarked for specific programs, having this money gives them more flexibility for expenses and programs that might get left behind.
White Party’s events will be hosted in Miami, Miami Beach, and one final event in Key West. Events range from free mixers to the high-end fundraiser at PAMM, as well as all-male or all-female soirees. For more information visit, WhiteParty.org.
White Party Schedule
Thursday, November 27
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. White Journey
The circuit event “Papa Party” is back on the beach with DJ Joe Gauthreaux for a post-Thanksgiving celebration. Tickets $20.
Cameo Nightclub, 1445 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
Friday, November 28
7 to 10 p.m. White Gaythering
Head to Miami Beach’s only gay hotel with an open Absolut Vodka bar at the hotel’s relaxing, intimate lounge. Plus, get a complimentary pass to its men’s only spa. No cover.
Hôtel Gaythering, 1409 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach
10 p.m. to 8 a.m. White Dreams
Get lost in the music by DJs Alain Jackinsky and Ivan Gomez at this mega dance club in downtown Miami -- into the wee hours of the next morning. Tickets $75
Club Space, 34 NE 11th St. in Miami
Saturday, November 29
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. White Splash Pool Party
Miami is known for its pool parties -- lounge by the water or splash in the pool while DJs Grind and Sushiman spin tunes until the sun sets. Tickets $35.
Club Space, 34 NE 11th St. in Miami
7 p.m. to midnight The White Party
Celebrate Care Resource’s 30th anniversary Diamond Jubilee set against the backdrop of Biscayne Bay and the sounds of old and new at this 1-year-old art museum. Tickets $237.
Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami
10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Cirque Blanc
It’s all about the ladies at the women’s White Party celebration. Thousands of women will be hitting the dance floor in all white, including actresses Yara Martinez and Whitney Mixter. Tickets $20.
Nikki Beach Club, One Ocean Drive in Miami Beach
10 p.m. to 7 a.m. White Starz
Voted by SFGN’s readers as the best nightclub in Miami-Dade County, put on your hottest white outfit and hit the dance floor with entertainers and music by DJs Paulo and Isaac Escalante. Tickets $75.
Score Nightclub, 1437 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
Sunday, November 30
1 to 8 p.m. Muscle Beach
It wouldn’t be a Miami party without getting down and dirty in the sand. Hosted outside under the sun, DJs Micky Friedmann and Tristan Jaxx will provide music. Buy the drink tickets to save extra cash! Tickets $105 to $160.
Miami Beach, 12th Street beach in Miami Beach
4 to 11 p.m. White Sunset Tea
Keeping with tradition, a Sunday tea party with gogo boys, the entire gaggle of Palace Queens, aerial performers, and music from DJs Billy Lace and Nando. No cover.
The Palace Bar, 1200 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach
10 p.m. to 5 a.m. White Sunset Tea
Just because the weekend is over doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Another great Miami nightclub with astounding light and sound systems will have you on the dancefloor until closing with DJ Abel. Tickets $75.
Mansion Nightclub, 1235 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
Monday, December 1
11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Swan Song
The official closing party for White Party, it’s the longest-running event in the 30-year history with celebrations going on at Twist’s multi-room entertainment complex with DJ Deanne. No cover.
Twist, 1057 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach
2 p.m. to 4 a.m. WhiteHAUS 3
The men’s only party continues down to the Keys with 3,600 other revelers on the gay cruise with Dj Cris A.M. Bring a ticket stub from any other White Party event to go for free, including your first drink. Wear white… or nothing at all. No cover.
Island House, 1129 Fleming St. in Key West