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dishing-1Mark Bias and Carrie West (MC FILM duo) USF alumnus were this years honored recipients at the 7th Annual Spring USF LGBT COMMUNITY GALA CEREMONY at the USF Sam Gibbons Alumni Center on April 14. Mark and Carrie were recognized for the multitude of achievements they have positively demonstrated to the community at large. They were given a beautiful etched glass teardrop trophy from Dr. Mark Hafen, Office of Multicultural Affairs and USF Alumni Association, for the high accolade honored USF 2011 Pride Community Award for Outstanding Contribution and Service to the GLBT Community.

Mark & Carrie Receive High Honor USF Award

Mark Bias and Carrie West (MC FILM duo) USF alumnus were this years honored recipients at the 7th Annual Spring USF LGBT COMMUNITY GALA CEREMONY at the USF Sam Gibbons Alumni Center on April 14. Mark and Carrie were recognized for the multitude of achievements they have positively demonstrated to the community at large. They were given a beautiful etched glass teardrop trophy from Dr. Mark Hafen, Office of Multicultural Affairs and USF Alumni Association, for the high accolade honored USF 2011 Pride Community Award for Outstanding Contribution and Service to the GLBT Community. Acclaimed author, Alex Sanchez known for his compelling young adult books; “Rainbow Boys,” “So Hard To Say” and “The God Box” was the guest Keynote Speaker. Hundreds from USF and the community were in attendance. During the catered function, two GLBT scholarships were also given out to outstanding GLBT students contributing to positive social change from the USF Alumni Association.

The Pro Shop turns 35

Wow, how time goes by so very fast! Our first time at the Pro Shop was in 1980, 31 years ago. The Pro Shop has been the place in Clearwater! Just like you can’t visit Fort Lauderdale with out stopping at Georgie’s Alibi, you can’t visit Clearwater without stopping at The Pro Shop! Congratulations Pro Shop on your 35th Anniversary! When is your tell-all book coming out?

GaYBOR Easter Bonnet Bar Hop

The first GaYBOR Easter Bonnet Bar Hop was the biggest and most fun bar crawl to date! The winner of the best bonnet went to Mama at The Reservoir Bar. Her prize was a flat screen TV! We want to give a huge thank you to the GaYBOR members who have bars we stopped at! The scary part was that Mama, Mark and Rich lead the crawl and were the responsible adults!

dishing-1Liquid Lounge opens in GaYBOR

Congratulations to Manny and Mike on the opening of Liquid Lounge in GaYBOR! You are an asset to GaYBOR and fill a much need niche. This intimate club has a Miami Beach meets New York City feeling with video screens, hot bois and classy drinks. Open at 4 p.m. daily, Liquid is catering to the happy hour people and is the perfect spot to stop in before or after diner and shows. Of course, it was packed Friday opening night. We were there Monday night at 9 p.m. and there was a crowd! Don’t miss this coming Thursday for the “Tea Cup” Happy Hour. Viva La GaYBOR!

The Amphitheatre Opens in GaYBOR

Talk about a full circle come back! John Santoro opened the original Amphitheater (old spelling) on 7th Ave. Four years ago the club scene lagged, the lounge closed and the building was sold. Now John is back with new partner, Liane Bernati and are leasing out the renovated club for special events. The updated makeover they have done is very impressive. Visit Amptampa.com for more information.

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