Written by Josue Thursday, 04 February 2010 00:00
More than 6,000 people dancing on the sands of South Beach is among the many highlights that draw thousands worldwide to one of the country's premier LGBT fund-raising events: the annual Winter Party Festival, which features art and culture, shopping, cocktail receptions, pool parties and multiple dance events with world-class DJs and entertainment. This year's Winter Party Festival takes place March 3-8 and, once again, promises to deliver something for everyone. Even better, the event raises important dollars that benefit many local South Florida causes throughout the year.
Winter Party Festival is produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Since 1994, 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 Winter Party Festival will be distributed to the Miami-Dade LGBT community through a grant program administered by the Dade Community Foundation, while the remaining one-third of the proceeds will benefit the Task Force.
"Our incredible line-up of official Winter Party Festival events provides people with memories of a lifetime. This event changes people's lives - through their experiences here in Miami Beach and through the organizations and individuals that are the beneficiaries of our fundraising," says Winter Party Festival chairperson Chad Richter. "And, visitors and locals alike get to enjoy all this while reaping the benefits of an annual boom for business - this event is important for local businesses too."
"Winter Party Festival draws people from around the world to a place where they can celebrate our unity and our diversity while supporting human rights," says Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "We work at the grassroots level in local communities like South Florida and at the national level where we are driving change in our laws and political arena to ensure all voices are heard and equality is secured."
For information, tickets and a complete list of events, visit WinterParty.com