A week ago Saturday was the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Red Carpet Gala, this year entitled The Beach Ball. This event raises money for all the incredible work that GLAAD does in protecting our rights. Once again it was a huge success and was hosted by celebrity Wilson Cruz. Congratulations to the entire committee on a job well done! On Tuesday, December 7th we here at Hotspots Magazine produced the 3rd annual Holiday Celebration at the Embassy Suites. The Holiday Celebration is a 100% benefit for the Pride Center at Equality Park (formerly the GLCCSF) and this year was even more successful then ever. Over 500 people attended and everyone agreed that this celebration gets better every year! See all the pics in next week’s magazine. On Thursday, Marc Silverstone and Ken Fritz presented “A toy Story, A Night of Giving” which was a benefit for Broward House and Kids in Distress at the manor. This event was a huge success with fabulous entertainment and much needed money raised for 2 great organizations.
Last Week in Review
Gay Events in South Florida
For over 16 years, Holiday Lights display at the Enchanted Place has dazzled South Floridians. Located on NE 137th Terrace in North Miami, this amazing neighborhood light display is a must see holiday tradition. As you drive down the street to see the lights, Care Resource volunteers will hand out candy to the kids and they might even catch a glimpse of Santa. This event runs until January 6th from 6 pm to 11:30 pm. There is no charge to see this display, but donations are welcomed. Care Resource is the beneficiary of this event.
Friday – Dec 17
The Manor presents a party of Epic proportions, their 1st anniversary event starring DJ Roland Belmares in the Epic Lounge from 10 pm to 4 am with production by Erika Norell. There is no cover for what is sure to be a spectacular event.
From today until December 19th The Pet Project Thrift Store, which is under new management, has slashed prices 50%. Check them out at 1164 Oakland Park Blvd. For more information call them at 954-318-7145.
Club Sugar in association with Alex Infiniti celebrates the release of Kandi’s (Housewives of Atlanta and former member of Xscape) new CD “KandiKoated” with free giveaways.
Growl Fridays at Bill’s Filling Station presents a meet and greet with sexy Tony Tripoli, star of “I Sh*t My Pants” at 10 pm.
Saturday – Dec 18
The Grand Opening/ Christmas party of Oz Bar (2674 East Oakland Park Blvd) is tonight with complimentary food from 5 to 11 pm as well as raffles and prizes. Oz Bar has no cover and is 18 to enter and 21 to party.
Atomic/Boom presents their annual Snowball party starring DJ Scott Mann.
Omar Gonzalez and Tony Ferro present Click’s annual Naugty Christmas at Score nightclub featuring Santa’s, pimps, hoe’s and reindeers. The night will star DJ J. Felix with shows by Asia and Wildchild.
Monday – Dec 20
Johnny’s in association with AJ Cross and Brad Casey presents a benefit for Father Bill of Poverello entitled Needs “Wheels, It’s a Wonderful Life….Benefit for FR. Bill.” They are asking the entire community to come out to help a man who has helped so many. The event starts at 8 pm and is hosted by Dale Madison and Russell of The Stable. The event hopes to raise $18,500 (reduced price due to sponsorship from Michael Albetta at Maroone Ford) to buy Father Bill a new car and Boom has already donated gas for a year. There will be many performances, a special appearance by the Sisters of the Rising Sun, silent auction items and much more. For sponsorship contact AJ Cross at 754-367-6366. For donations contact Brad Casey at 954-554-4912.
Wednesday – Dec 22
Georgie’s Alibi Wilton Manors presents their monthly celebrity birthday party. This month it is a surprise and they invite you to come out and see for yourself. The party starts at 9:45 and as usual features performances, birthday cupcakes and much more.
Catch the fabulous talents of Porsche at 9 and 10:30 at Bill’s Filling Station.
Today the City of Fort Lauderdale Commission unanimously voted to affirm Mayor Jack Seiler’s nominee for the Fort Lauderdale Budget Advisory Board, Johnny’s own AJ Cross. I would like to take this opportunity to wish my buddy AJ much congratulations!
Mamma mia! ABBA has never sounded or looked better than on the new CD+DVD package ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits (Special Edition) (Polydor/Polar/UMe), which was recently released. Featuring all of the group’s hits and more–and the videos for each of them–this Special Edition package brings together 1992’s six times platinum ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits CD and its gold-certified home video companion of the same title, both newly remastered.
In addition, the DVD adds a recently discovered cartoon version of “Money, Money, Money,” circa 1977. This rarity was briefly screened at the time and has not been available in complete form since. Nearly 30 years later as one of the most commercially successful pop groups in history, the music of ABBA dances into the future with ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits (Special Edition).