2017 WAVE Award winners – Central Florida

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FAVORITE LOCAL POLITICIAN/ACTIVIST
First: Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan
Second: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Third: Orange County Democrats Chairman Wes Hodge

GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY
First: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Second: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Third: Mama Dee Richter

MOST EFFECTIVE LOCAL LGBTQ ORGANIZATION
First: The GLBT Center of Central Florida
Second: Zebra Coalition
Third: Orlando Gay Chorus

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ SPORTS LEAGUE/ORGANIZATION
First: Orlando Pride
Second: Central Florida Softball League
Third: Orlando Roller Derby

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ (FRIENDLY) WRITER/JOURNALIST
First: Billy Manes, Watermark
Second: Scott Maxwell, The Orlando Sentinel
Third: Brendan O’Connor, Bungalower

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ (FRIENDLY) WEBSITE
First: WatermarkOnline.com
Second: OICOrlando.com
Third: Bungalower.com

FAVORITE PLACE FOR A DATE NIGHT
First: Lake Eola
Second: The Hammered Lamb
Third: Harry P. Leu Gardens

FAVORITE CHARITABLE EVENT
First: Come Out With Pride
Second: Headdress Ball
Third: AIDS Walk Orlando

GAYEST LOCAL EVENT
First: Gay Days
Second: Come Out With Pride
Third: Big Gay Brunch presented by Orlando Immunology Center

FAVORITE LGBTQ BUSINESS NOT A BAR/CLUB (OVER 1 YEAR OLD)
First: Orlando Immunology Center
Second: Embellish FX
Third: MojoMan Swimwear & Clothing

FAVORITE NEW LGBTQ BUSINESS (LESS THAN ONE YEAR OLD)
First: Pride Radio
Second: Ash
Third: Paint Mix Studios

FAVORITE LOCAL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL
First: Dr. Edwin DeJesus, MD, FACP
Second: Dr. Roberto Ortiz, MD AAHIVS
Third: Dr. Rafael E. Piñero, MD

FAVORITE LOCAL DENTIST
First: Dr. Michael Watkins, DMD
Second: Dr. Anne Murugasu-Reid, DDS
Third: Dr. M. Tony Clement DDS

FAVORITE LOCAL HAIR SALON
First: Split Endz Hair & Nail Studio
Second: The Red Scarlet Salon
Third: Leslie Colleen Salon

FAVORITE LOCAL SPA
First: Massage Envy in SODO
Second: The Spa College Park
Third: Club Orlando

FAVORITE FITNESS CENTER
First: Planet Fitness in Fashion Square
Second: Rock Hard Fitness
Third: 24 Hour Fitness in SODO

FAVORITE LOCAL VETERINARIAN
First: Dr. Jim Martin, DVM, Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital
Second: Dr. Kimberly Lee, DVM, Animal Medical Clinic
Third: Dr. Juan Patino, DVM, Kirkpatrick Veterinary Hospital

FAVORITE PLACE TO PAMPER YOUR PET
First: Ranger’s Pet Outpost and Retreat
Second: Sparky’s Pet Salon
Third: All Creatures Pet Grooming Inc

FAVORITE LOCAL REALTOR
First: Bobby Mills, Metro City Realty
Second: David Dorman, Century 21 Professional Group
Third: Brett Winters, Olde Town Brokers

FAVORITE LOCAL AUTO SALESPERSON
First: Russ Fowler, Fields BMW of Winter Park
Second: Fred Berliner, Peacock Ford
Third: RabiiChatoni, Kia West

FAVORITE LOCAL MALL
First: The Mall at Millenia
Second: The Florida Mall
Third: Fashion Square Mall

FAVORITE LOCAL WEDDING VENUE
First: The Venue
Second: Paradise Cove at Buena Vista
Third: Mission Inn Resort & Club

FAVORITE LOCAL FLORIST
First: Lee James Floral Designs
Second: Lee Forrest Design LLC
Third: Atmospheres Floral and Decor

FAVORITE AREA MUSEUM OR GALLERY
First: Orlando Museum of Art
Second: Orlando Science Center
Third: CityArts Factory

FAVORITE LOCAL FRAMING SHOP
First: Sam Flax Orlando
Second: Framing of Central Florida
Third: Gallery 17.92 at FAVO

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ (FRIENDLY) ARTIST OR PHOTOGRAPHER
First: Lee Vandergrift
Second: Steph Wood
Third: Jamie Parra

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: UPSCALE
First: The Ravenous Pig
Second: Kres Chophouse
Third: Citrus Restaurant

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: CASUAL
First: Hamburger Mary’s
Second: Stubborn Mule
Third: Huey Magoos

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: BREAKFAST/BRUNCH
First: First Watch
Second: Hamburger Mary’s
Third: The Hammered Lamb

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: LATE NIGHT DINING
First: PomPom’s Teahouse &Sandwicheria
Second: Santiago’s Bodega
Third: IHOP

FAVORITE LOCAL LGBTQ (FRIENDLY) CHEF OR CATERER
First: John Michael Wedding and Special Events
Second: Kevin Fonzo – K Restaurant
Third: Ashley Nickell – Ash

FAVORITE LOCAL HOTEL/B&B
First: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Second: Parliament House
Third: Aloft Orlando Downtown

FAVORITE LGBTQ CLUB/BAR
First: Parliament House
Second: Southern Nights
Third: Stonewall Bar

FAVORITE LGBTQ-FRENDLY STRAIGHT BAR/CLUB
First: Ember
Second: The Hammered Lamb
Third: Mango’s Tropical Cafe

FAVORITE LGBTQ HAPPY HOUR
First: Ember
Second: Stonewall Bar
Third: The Hammered Lamb

FAVORITE HOST FOR KARAOKE, TRIVIA OR BINGO
First: Doug Ba’aser’s Trivia, Hamburger Mary’s
Second: Lacie Browning with SheNanigans, Stonewall Bar
Third: Hump Day Karaoke with Tom Murray, Stonewall Bar

FAVORITE LOCAL BARTENDER/SERVER
First: Taylor Bulloch, Stonewall Bar
Second: Brandon Elder, Stonewall Bar
Third: TimiHedrich, Stonewall Bar

FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: DRAG
First: Darcel Stevens
Second: Gidget Galore
Third: Lacie Browning

FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: STAGE
First: Orlando Gay Chorus
Second: Blue Star
Third: Doug Ba’aser

FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: MUSICIAN
First: Kelly DeWayne Richards
Second: Classern String Quartet
Third: #RalphyC

FAVORITE LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
First: Sondra Rae, XL106.7
Second: Jim Phillips – Real Radio 104.1
Third: Moira, Real Radio 104.1

FAVORITE LOCAL TV NEWS ANCHOR
First: Jorge Estevez, WFTV Action 9
Second: Troy Bridges, WKMG News 6
Third: Julie Broughton, WKMG News 6

FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS VENUE
First: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Second: The Venue
Third: The Abbey

FAVORITE ADULT NOVELTY STORE
First: Fairvilla Megastore
Second: MojoMan Swimwear & Clothing
Third: Premier Couples Superstore

FAVORITE STAYCATION SPOT
First: Walt Disney World
Second: Cocoa Beach
Third: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

FAVORITE PLACE TO PICK UP A WATERMARK
First: Parliament House
Second: The GLBT Center of Central Florida
Third: Stonewall Bar

WHO SHOULD BE WATERMARK’S WAVE CENTERFOLD?
First: Jorge Estevez, WFTV Action 9
Second: Lacie Browning
Third: Dr. Edwin DeJesus, MD, FACP

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  • Robert Carner

    Congrats Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and OC Mayor Teresa Jacobs on coming in 1st & 2nd in GREATEST STRAIGHT ALLY TO THE LOCAL LGBTQ COMMUNITY…. you two have been absolutely phenomenal in supporting our local Community! Proud to call Orlando/Central Florida home for 31+ years!