**Enduring and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for our attendees is of primary importance to the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala Team. As we prepare to return to an in-person Gala, we understand that safety looks different for each of our guests. In our effort to manage expectations for the evening, our team has put together information about what the Gala experience will look like as it relates to COVID-19, accessibility, and public health. All guests will be required to submit proof of vaccination, sign a liability waiver prior to check-in and will be temperature checked upon arrival.**
Imagine emerging from a dark period in history with a renewed sense of purpose and unity.
Imagine celebrating our heroes and the full diversity of our beautiful community.
Imagine achieving a world with true equity, where all people enjoy equal protections under the law.
Imagine ONE NIGHT that has it all: the 25th National LGBTQ Task Force Gala!
We are thrilled to announce that the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala will return on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in an exciting new venue: the newly renovated Grand Ballroom at the Miami Beach Convention Center! As always, the evening promises great company, delicious food and drinks, an expansive auction, live entertainment, an awards ceremony, an after-party, and much more!
The Gala is much more than a celebration, it’s also an important fundraiser supporting the social justice work of the National LGBTQ Task Force. Funds raised at the 2021 Gala will fuel the Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign, a nationwide effort to educate elected officials and the general public about the urgent need for federal non-discrimination protections. Proceeds from the 2021 Gala will also support the local LGBTQ Community. The Task Force makes a substantial annual donation to The Miami Foundation’s LGBTQ Community Fund, where like-minded community service organizations are funded through a grant-making process. To date, more than 90 local LGBTQ programs have received funding! Your support of the Gala makes this possible.
Please join us as we celebrate 25 years!
The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to announce that Robin J. Schwartz will receive the 2021 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award at the 25th annual Task Force Gala on Saturday, October 23, at the Miami Beach Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.
Robin is an activist and community leader who has served the LGBTQ community in multiple capacities over the past 20 years. The many causes she has championed include the advancement of LGBTQ women, support for young people who find themselves homeless, and racial justice. She has been an outspoken advocate for marginalized communities, lobbying LGBTQ leaders and organizations to give them a seat at the table.
Robin is one of the South Florida Board of Directors who founded Aqua Foundation for Women, and she served from 2010 to 2014 as the organization’s Executive Director and from 2018 to 2019 as its Managing Director. Her accomplishments at Aqua included: raising over $100,000 to launch the first formal program to address LGBTQ youth homelessness; increasing funding and programming for the Scholarship and Mentor Program; producing TransCon, an annual two-day conference designed to empower and educate the transgender and non-binary community and their allies; developing the Emerging Leadership Conference, a program for Aqua Foundation scholarship recipients that provides inspiration and skills training for future LGBTQ female identified leaders; and creating the Aqua Family BBQ, an annual event to bring parents and their kids together in a safe space where kids with same-sex parents could see other families that look like theirs.
In the wake of the George Floyd murder last year, Robin secured funding from Our Fund to provide antiracism training for the leaders of South Florida LGBTQ organizations. She recently secured an additional grant to conduct antiracism workshops. Robin also organized a book club for local white leaders focused on antiracism. During the height of the pandemic last summer, Robin reached out to her contacts at the Miami Dolphins to request local LGBTQ agencies be included in their program to distribute food to those in need.
Robin has held a number of highly visible volunteer positions in various LGBTQ organizations, including Vice Chair of Miami Beach Gay Pride, Chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach, a member of the Advisory Committee for the LGBTQ Community Fund at the Miami Foundation and a committee member of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala. Currently she is the Donor Relations and Program Manager at Equality Florida. Robin also serves on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Miami Beach and recently served on the LGBTQ Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County.
Throughout her professional life, whether it be for profit or non-profit, Robin takes great pride in being proactive and driven to achieve results, all with a big heart and a strong voice. Please join us in celebrating Robin this October.