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THE 25TH ANNUAL TASK FORCE GALA WAS MORE THAN WE COULD HAVE IMAGINED!

The National LGBTQ Task Force and the members of our Gala committee would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the 25th Annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala a phenomenal success. Despite the challenges presented by planning an event during the uncertain times we are living in, we came very close to breaking the record for most money raised at the Gala. These funds will support the Task Force’s “All of Me, All the Time” campaign, designed to educate elected officials and thought leaders about the need for federal nondiscrimination protections. A significant portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Miami Foundation’s LGBTQ Community Fund for distribution to South Florida organizations serving LGBTQ people. You can help us achieve an even bigger impact by making a donation now. Learn more about our impact here.

Highlights of the evening included inspiring speeches from our three honorees, Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award recipient Robin Schwartz, National Leadership Award recipient Billy Eichner and ChangeMaker Award recipient Jasmine McKenzie, as well as Task Force Executive Director Kierra Johnson; videos showcasing the Task Force’s work, trailblazers who have played a part in the progress of the community over the past several decades and advocates who are currently making change within the progressive movement; a trio of hosts who dazzled us with song and dance performances; a sprawling silent auction presented by American Airlines; and a display of the Shower of Stoles, a collection of liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and gender non-conforming people of faith.


Watch the 2021 Highlights Video


Task Force Gala Team

Executive Committee

Dan Marinberg, Chair
Jeff Oliverio, Vice Chair

Liebe Gadinsky, Auction Director
Raul Griffith, Production Consultant
Craig Jarrett, Marketing Director
Chris Ladas, Social Events Director
David Landau, Volunteer Management
David Sexton, Production Director
Lindsey Shook, Auction Acquisitions
Luke Sorber, Executive Secretary

Committee

Doug Ames
Angela Arnell
Adel Azibi
Beau Beasley
Bud Beehler
Julie Carson
Byron Cordero
Jeff Delmay
Seth Gadinsky
Jacki Grabois
Patrick Groenendaal
Don Hayden
Stephen Hilson
Jerard Kelley
Mariann Marinberg
Lucy Martin
Lisa Mercado
Kimberly Otero
Chris Perre
William Pujol
Richard Sherman
Cristian Sanchez
Pranshu Shrivastava
Jolyse Stultz
Diego Suarez

Staff

Jake Arnell, Institutional & Corporate Giving Manager
Michael Bath, Events Director
Ashawnda Fleming, Chief Development Officer
Kierra Johnson, Executive Director
Brian Marone, Events Manager
Cathy Renna, Communications Director
Liz Seaton, Policy Director


**Ensuring 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 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the event), sign a liability waiver prior to check-in and will be temperature checked upon arrival. For more information, click here.**