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First round of voting underway for LGBT Visitor Center’s 2016 Pink Flamingo Awards

Tiffany Fantasia and Edison Farrow show off their Pink Flamingo Awards at the 2013 presentation.
Tiffany Fantasia and Edison Farrow show off their Pink Flamingo Awards at the 2013 presentation. Miami Herald File

Early write-in voting began Thursday for the upcoming fourth annual Pink Flamingo Awards in Miami Beach, which celebrate “South Florida’s favorite people, places and organizations,” according to a news release from the LGBT Visitor Center, which presents the event.

“The Pink Flamingo Awards is different from other recognition events, as it the community that selects the award recipients,” said Lori Lynch, Executive Director of the LGBT Visitor Center. “This is one of the reasons we chose the theme Community Celebrating Community for the event, as all of the individuals and organizations are submitted by the people who know them or use their services.”

The awards will be presented Thursday, Sept. 22, at Jungle Island in Miami.

“This year’s award ceremony promises to be an entertainment extravaganza,” according to the Pink Flamingo Awards website. “The evening includes a Bacardi open bar cocktail reception, 3 course seated dinner, a silent auction and live entertainment featuring the evening’s celebrity emcee, comedian/actress Julie Goldman.”

Goldman is a “professional lesbian, questioning comedian and vigilante writer” from Bravo’s “The People’s Couch,” according to her Twitter page.

Here’s the complete news release:

The first round of voting for the fourth annual Pink Flamingo Awards, which recognizes South Florida’s favorite people, places and organizations, will begin on Thursday, July 21 at www.PinkFlamingoAwards.com.

Hailed as one of South Florida’s most fun and entertaining events, the Pink Flamingo Awards dinner and award ceremony returns to Jungle Island on Thursday, September 22. The event is a benefit for the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach.

“The Pink Flamingo Awards is different from other recognition events, as it the community that selects the award recipients,” said Lori Lynch, Executive Director of the LGBT Visitor Center. “This is one of the reasons we chose the theme Community Celebrating Community for the event, as all of the individuals and organizations are submitted by the people who know them or use their services.”

The theme also reflects the fact that the Pink Flamingo Awards is the sole fundraising event for the LGBT Visitor Center, enabling it to continue to provide programming and services to residents and visitors alike.

The entire community is invited to write-in their favorites in each of the 21 categories, from July 21 through August 21 at www.PinkFlamingoAwards.com.

The top five vote-getters in each category will be announced at a fabulous Kickoff Party August 27, 2016 at The Epic Hotel, at which time the second round of voting will begin. The winners will be announced at the 4th Annual Pink Flamingo Awards celebration on September 22nd.

More than 500 people are expected to attend the 4th Annual Pink Flamingo Awards, which features an open bar cocktail reception, three-course dinner, silent auction and live entertainment showcasing some of the best that South Florida’s LGBT community and its allies have to offer.

Tickets are $125 each, and sponsorships are available beginning at $250. For further information, visit www.PinkFlamingoAwards.com or contact Lori Lynch at lori@gogaymiami.com or (305) 397-8914.

About the LGBT Visitor Center

Since LGBT Visitor Center shares space with the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Miami Beach’s Old City Hall, most people assume that they are one entity, but this is not the case.

“We do not have a membership, therefore we depend on the support of the community, with the Pink Flamingo Awards as our only fundraising event,” says Lori Lynch.

The LGBT Visitor Center is internationally renowned as having been the first of its kind in the United States. It serves as a major hub of activity and programming for our local community and welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the year.

At the foundation of the Center’s community development is community wellness and social engagement. The LGBT Visitor Center offers a variety of workshops, group activities and panel discussions under the theme of personal wellness. To help build and strengthen our community relationships, it also holds social events at the Center throughout the year.

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