Fantastic news from our Equality Florida Broward Gala.
Last Sunday's gathering of Equality Florida activists, donors, elected leaders and volunteers was our biggest event of the year and smashed through all of our previous fundraising records. The event has triggered major headline-grabbing political news as well.
Florida CFO Alex Sink has become Florida's highest ranking official to oppose the anti-gay adoption ban.
Sink told the packed crowd of over 300 Equality Florida members, that family law judges and child welfare experts should make adoption decisions based solely on the best interest of each child.
The Broward Gala is the largest of the eleven major events Equality Florida holds across the state. This year was a record-breaking success, raising $203,000 for the fight toward full legal equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Alex Sink also received the "Voice of Equality" award, our highest honor, for her long-time commitment to diversity and her pioneering work on pro-gay policies in the workplace.
In the private sector, CFO Sink championed anti-discrimination policies at what is now the country's largest bank: Bank of America.
As Chief Financial Officer she instituted Domestic Partnership protections for her employees and was the only statewide elected official to oppose Amendment 2.
Sen. Nan Rich, lead sponsor of the bill to repeal Florida's adoption ban and a previous winner of the Voice for Equaltiy award, presented Alex the award.
Also in attendance where Sen. Dan Gelber and Rep Kelly Skidmore the sponsors of our Florida Compettive Workforce bill that would end anti-LGBT discrimination.
Sink told the crowd she looks forward to working with Nan Rich on the bill that would strike the discriminatory language from Florida's adoption statute.
In addition to the dollars raised to fuel our work, our Galas are raising the profile on LGBT issues across the state and solidifying support among our allies on the issues that matter most.
Thank you to the tremendous team of donors and volunteers who made this year's Gala such an enormous success. And a special thanks to our amazing Broward Host Committee and to all of the Gala Host Committees across the state. The number one reason these events are so successful is because of you and your unstoppable commitment to Equality. You make everything we do possible.