Father Tony

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force kicks off annual Winter Party in Miami Beach

Filed By Father Tony | March 04, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

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Tags: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, rea carey, Winter Party

Poolisidegongora, richter, carey.JPG at the Surfcomber Hotel last night, reading the proclamation honoring the Task Force for the tremendous support they generate for local service organizations, are Michael Góngora, Commissioner, City of Miami Beach, Kiehl's Chad Richter, Chair of the Winter Party Committee and Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey.

The annual Winter Party has attracted a record amount of sponsorship this year. Tired of snow? It's on through Monday...

Text of the Proclamation by wonderful Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower, and some fun pics, after the break.

MIAMIBEACH
PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across America are still denied full and complete equality; and

WHEREAS There is hope in creating change for lgbt people, and the hope lies in the hard work and determination of our communities to create a welcoming, diverse, and equal environment for all people regardless; and

WHEREAS Success will not occur overnight, our patience and continued commitment to the LGBT community locally and nationally are imperative; and

WHEREAS The Winter Party Festival furthers the goal of building the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by supporting the work of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, an organization dedicated to ensuring the freedom, justice and equality to LGBT people; and

WHEREAS Proceeds from the Winter Party Festival support the important work of the Task Force and over a dozen local LGBT organizations serving South Florida;

NOW THEREFORE, DO I, Matti Herrera Bower, as Mayor of the City of Miami Beach, hereby proclaim March 3 - 8, 2010 as

WINTER PARTY FESTIVAL WEEK
in the City of Miami Beach.

MAYOR ________________________________________
Matti Herrera Bower March 3, 2010

COMMISSIONER_________________________________
Michael Góngora March 3, 2010


Here's The Task Force's Deputy Executive Director of External Relations Russ Roybal gettin' silly.
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Later in the evening, I encountered the alluring Countess Bedelia who was wearing a fur trimmed cape. Her consort, The Real Mrs. Astor, told me about an encounter the Countess had with someone from PETA. "Someone from PETA accosted the Countess and screamed 'Do you know how many animals had to die to make that coat?' The Countess retorted 'Do you know how many animals I had to fuck to afford this coat?'."

Here is the Countess gettin' down with a fashionably striped gorgeous friend who graciously posed for me by the pool. No Gucci bags were harmed in the taking of these photos.

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Really?

The fur coat is a big turn-off for me.

Less parties.

More concrete actions.

Dear Fluffy, did you read the proclamation? This is a party with a purpose. It funds many local initiatives that would otherwise not be able to operate.

Since 1994, the Winter Party Festival and its sister event, the Miami Recognition Dinner, have raised more than $2.3 million for organizations serving the South Florida LGBT community. Two-thirds of the net proceeds from the Festival will be distributed to the Miami-Dade LGBT community through a granting program administered by the Dade Community Foundation, while the remaining one-third of the proceeds will benefit the Task Force.

I think "Fluffy" was referring to the often abused "net proceeds" and the fact that the NGLTF is already a very poorly rated charity. Only 60% of their money goes to actual "program expenses." That's no reason to have a party. People can just give directly to those important local charities.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8093

Dear AndrewW,
Sure, we can all give directly, but human nature works otherwise. We like a party, so it makes sense to use that appetite to do good. Once again, I think we need to balance our purgative nattering with the negative effect of stabbing ourselves repeatedly in the face in order to be prettier. Let's ask the agencies that rely on support from this event how they feel about the "party".

Okay, lets. Accountability would be so unfair.

Dear AndrewW, at this event, many of the agencies that receive the funds had display tables. While waiting to do a video interview with Rea Carey (and the opportunity never arrived) I saw and heard at least two of those agencies take that moment to offer their personal thanks to Rea for the assistance from the Task Force. Not staged. Not in front of a microphone, not vetted by the Task Force communication staff.

Well, your "stories" clearly trump the charity monitoring services.

Doesn't seem like a Civil Rights struggle to me. Can you imagine Rosa Parks in this crowd ? No.

Tony-

If your accounting is correct- then each year- a paltry 143,000 is distributed to different LGBT organizations in the Miami area- and the Task Force.

Thinking of the amount of money going into this event- and the output in cash it produces...I tend to view it as what it is, a circuit party.

I would imagine the drug dealers pocket more cash in the weekend than do the non-profits.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | March 5, 2010 1:12 PM

What are you going to do about that? What are your solutions? Granted that parties are over used how would you replace them? Bicycle marathons perhaps.

This is a great big party with a lot of free donations going it's way to make it so. I say take it where you can get it at "high season" and fund raise throughout the year. It is an "avenue of fund raising" but it is not the whole highway grid.

Perhaps if the NGLTF actually had a plan to achieve our equality we'd be happy to donate - without the party.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | March 7, 2010 9:15 AM

Judging by the pictures this was a far less formal event than many I have attended in Chicago. Using your logic please explain why there is not a LGBT community center in every metro area with a population of 250,000 persons?

I have looked at your charts and not knowing the prejudices of those who prepared them I would ask you what your plan is to achieve our equality?

Michael O | March 5, 2010 1:07 PM

Hey "capitalist piggy" - tell me how much YOUR event that you organized raised? Oh, that's right, you spend your time leaving nasty comments about an event that raises money to fight for lgbt rights.

Rick Sours | March 5, 2010 5:36 PM

The beginning of the MIAMI BEACH PROCLAMATION states:"WHEREAS Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across America are still denied full and complete equality;"

Sometimes I feel that many members of the LBGT who are enjoying the good life so speak feel that they are immune from
the worst case scenario. Several years ago a married couple we know who had two houses, several cars and trucks and a
small aircraft.

Shortly after one of them retired, he died unexpectedly. He was under sixty years old. For heterosexual couples
with survivor benefits, his other half would get the majority of his retirement pension for life.

Now image the same scenario without survivor benefits. In our friends case, the person he was legally married did not
have survivor benefits.