PRIDE GALA Business Awards

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The Pride In Business Awards Gala is hosted by Orlando Pride and MBA Orlando – LGBT Chamber of Commerce to highlight and award our region’s stellar performers in business within our LGBT community. While the awards are presented by distinguished Florida business persons during an incredible full course dinner, the Gala also includes a pre-dinner reception, a silent auction, an after-party on-site, and a next-day poolside brunch with cocktails. It’s the best and most fun community-building event we know. Become a sponsor or simply buy a ticket, just don’t miss out.

Schedule of Events:
7:00pm – Atrium – Pre-gala Sponsor Reception
7:00pm – Main Corridor – Regular Reception
7:45pm – Ballroom – Doors Open for Gala Dinner & Awards
8:00pm – Ballroom – Gala Dinner & Awards
11:00pm – An Tobar Irish Pub (Lobby-Level of Sheratron) – After-Party feat. Hotspots DJ
1:45am: – An Tobar Irish Pub – Last Call
10:00am [Sunday] – Main Pool (Lobby-Level of Sheraton) – Poolside Brunch & Cocktails feat. Hotspots DJ

Location:
Sheraton Orlando North, newly renovated and remodeled, this Starwood property shines with a 180-degree glass atrium that hosts our Sponsor Reception, a world-class chef from Ireland, an authentic Irish pub hosting our after party, a luxurious pool for our next-day poolside brunch and cocktails, plus room rates starting at just $89 with late checkout included!

URBAN Nights, cocktail party

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A great view for a great cause. A social event to raise funds to continue the 27 year legacy of TIGLFF.

Entry is FREE, drink upon arrival, light bites, cocktails, drink specials , 50/50 raffles and the oppportunuty to mingle with both business people and lovers of the arts.

RSVP to Tod as places are limited by either
phone: 813.676.6683 or email : todd@the tampaclub.com

GIW Splash Pool Party

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These girls know how to keep cool.

It was wall-to-wall ladies in the hot hot heat for the June 4 Splash Pool Party at Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

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Hillsborough County Commissioner kicks off campaign to become Clerk of Court

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner officially announced his campaign for Hillsborough County Clerk of Court with a campaign fundraiser at Ulele Restaurant in Tampa April 29.

Beckner, who is wrapping up his second term as commissioner, cannot seek re-election for his current position because of term limits.

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Tampa Pride VIP/Sponsors Reception at Hamburger Mary’s

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The familiar Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor City was anything but on March 26 as it was transformed into a prideful reception hall, complete with rainbow draperies, a red carpet and exquisite food. The transformation was in honor of Tampa Pride’s VIPs and sponsors, who celebrated the LGBT festival’s scheduled March 28 return. Several dignitaries spoke, including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Pride president Carrie West and newly elected Tampa City Councilmember Guido Maniscalco.

Follow the jump to view more photos from the event.

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Watermark Wednesday February 2015

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Watermark Wednesday was a huge success on Feb. 25 where more than $600 was raised for the volunteer organization Balance Tampa Bay.

City Side Lounge in Tampa hosted the event on its back patio were more than 60 people gathered for the evening. More than 15 prizes were awarded via a raffle.

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January 2015 Watermark Wednesday

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Watermark Wednesday returned to Quench Lounge to celebrate a new year with the Tampa Bay Bears on Jan. 21.

A crowd of nearly 65 helped raise nearly $450 for the organization. Group organizers spoke to the crowd about plans for 2015, including an upcoming fundraiser the Bears will hold to benefit Metro Wellness and Community Centers’ LGBT Welcome Center. For details, visit TampaBayBears.org.

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Watermark Wednesday July social at Stageworks Theatre

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Watermark held its July Watermark Wednesday social at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. Sponsored by Cool-U, the July 23 event benefited Balance Tampa Bay. It was an evening filled with light bites, fun mingling and drinks.

Photos by Steve Blanchard and Steve Smith.

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GayDays Pool Party at the Double Tree – June 5

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Gay Days 2014 may just be getting started, but party people were already gathering at the official host hotel’s pool to get the fun going.

The skies were slightly overcast, but good friends and a poolside bar at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando were enough to keep the June 5 pool party alive.

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