The Miami Recognition Dinner is the premier annual celebration of South Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force produces the event and donates a significant portion of the proceeds to other nonprofit organizations serving the Miami-Dade LGBT community.


Task Force Donates $227,509 to GLBT Community Projects Fund


MIAMI — July 18, 2014 — With more than 150 supporters, volunteers, charity representatives and VIPs in attendance, Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, presented a giant check in the amount of $227,509 to The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund.  The donation represents a significant share of the combined net proceeds from the 2014 Winter Party Festival and the 17th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner, both of which are held in Miami Beach.

The donation amount was announced at a July 17 reception at Bacardi USA’s national headquarters in Miami with Charisse Grant, senior vice president for programs,accepting on behalf of The Miami Foundation.  Since taking over responsibilities for Winter Party Festival and the Miami Recognition Dinner, the Task Force has contributed more than $1.85 million to South Florida grassroots LGBT organizations.

“We are grateful to the Task Force and hundreds of volunteers and donors who pour their passion into making these events bigger and better every year,” said Grant in accepting the donation. “They do more than give their time and charitable dollars. They give immeasurable inspiration and hope to the thousands of LGBT residents who benefit from the community programs their gifts support.”

Honoring James G. Pepper

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is proud to present activist and philanthropist James G. Pepper with the 2014 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Pepper has been a key figure in the equality movement for over 40 years. He played a major role in creating awareness of the significant impact of HIV/AIDS in the 1980’s and served in leadership positions at Lambda Legal and New York’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. He co-founded Stonewall Community Foundation, the LGBT public charity of New York City. Pepper supports numerous South Florida LGBT service organizations

Affectionately called the “Godfather of Philanthropy” by a friend of Pepper’s, he is credited with inspiring many community leaders and activists in the art of giving. Both 2014 Miami Recognition Dinner Co-Chairs Josue Santiago and Bradley Carlson consider Pepper a mentor, giving him credit for the leadership roles both have taken  in the LGBT fundraising communities. 

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