Steve Haas was honored with the Wells Fargo Business Person of the Year Award and Daniel Spring received the Hilton Miami Downtown/Resorts Worldwide Special Recognition Award.
In the corporate awards, IKEA was given the AT&T Business of the Year Award and the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority was honored with the Office Depot Foundation Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award.
“What really stood out this year, in addition to the record attendance, was the diversity of the guests,” said Steve Adkins, president of the MDGLCC, in a release. “It really was a community-wide inclusive event with a tremendous showing of support from gay-friendly and gay-allied individuals and organizations.”
The gala festivities featured a silent auction with more than 100 items up for bid. The autographed basketball from the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat players, donated by the Hard Rock Café Miami, fetched the highest bid. It was followed by Source Event’s “Legendary Danube” cruise from Budapest to Prague.
Guests were entertained by Circ X, an interactive performance troupe; a dance routine by choreographer Pioneer Winter; and guest emcee actress Sally Bondi. All were brought to their feet by the Disco-inspired promotional dancers from “The Donkey Show,” the pop-up club opening July 13 at the Ziff Ballet Opera House.
“It was definitely a record-breaking year for us in terms of attendance,” Adkins said. “We completely took over the Hilton’s ballroom, foyer and adjacent rooms to create an environment that was celebratory in addition to providing a format for networking -- which is at the very core of what the Chamber is all about.”