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Glamour is back as White Party fundraiser moves to Perez Art Museum in Miami

A 30-piece symphony performs Saturday night at the 30th anniversary White Party at Perez Art Museum in Miami.
A 30-piece symphony performs Saturday night at the 30th anniversary White Party at Perez Art Museum in Miami. Miami Herald Staff

The 30th anniversary White Party returned to its glamorous roots with a gala event to benefit Care Resource Saturday night at Perez Art Museum in Miami.

“So PROUD of [Care Resource marketing manager] Jonathan Welsh and the Care Resource team for taking an iconic event like White Party to new heights ... what a night ... what an orchestra ... what an event and all for a wonderful cause,” Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival board chairman Mark Gilbert posted on his Facebook page.

The party, hosted by drag diva Elaine Lancaster, featured a 30-piece White Party Symphony conducted by Miami musician Sam Hyken, along with a performance by DJ David Knapp.

White Party is centerpiece of White Party Week, which runs during the Thanksgiving holiday through Monday.

For more than 25 years, White Party was an early-evening soiree at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens popular with thousands of middle-age gay men.

In 2010, Miami-Dade County sought nearly $60,000 to rent Vizcaya for the 2011 event and Care Resource said no.

White Party moved to Miami Seaquarium, then to a club in Wynwood. The event also shifted from early evening to late night, hoping to attract thousands of young gay men in club attire.

Results were lackluster and this year Care Resource shifted back to an early-evening party.

White Party last year grossed nearly $600,000 for Care Resource. For decades, the agency has been known for HIV/AIDS care, but now also provides adult primary medical care, women’s healthcare, dental and pediatric care.

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