79.8 F
Fort Lauderdale

Friday, February 4, 2023
1-6 pm
Mikel Park, Wilton Manors
Food ● Music ● Games

Hotspots! Happening Out celebrates Black Culture with our Black History Month Fundraiser.


The Cookout: A Black History Month Celebration is one of Hotspots! Happening Out’s continuing efforts to showcase that the City of Wilton Manors is welcoming to all races and ethnicities, and is committed to building upon the race relations within the diverse Island City.


The Cookout acts as a fundraiser that donates  all proceeds from the celebration to a worthy organization that provide services in the advancement of Black and Brown LGBTQ+ people. The inaugural 2022 celebration awarded Ujima Men’s Collective, a collective of Black same gender loving men who will educate, inform, encourage, and advocate for themselves and the greater community. 

For 2023, The Cookout’s beneficiary is the Black LGBTQ+ Liberation, Inc.(BLINC).


– Food, Drinks, Music, and Games 

– Cash Prize Spades Tournament 

– Cash Prize Dominos Tournament

– All proceeds go to Black LGBTQ+ Liberation, Inc.(BLINC)

– 1st ever Public Reading of City’s Black History Month Honoree Proclamation


Black History Month Nominations. The City of Wilton Manors is accepting nominations from the community of a person and/or business that exemplifies Black Excellence. The selected Black History Month recipients will be honored with a City Proclamation that will be read publicly at The Cookout. Nominations end December 31, 2022. 

*Please download the Nomination packet, fill out and submit HERE


It is with the generosity of our sponsors that we are able to bring this event to the community. We cherish the support we receive in our effort to uplift the Black and Brown community. Please review our sponsorship levels so that we can start uplifting your organization.


2022 RECAP

The Cookout inaugural 2022 event saw local businesses within Wilton Manors and the surrounding area as well as city officials and neighboring friends and family come together to enjoy cultural food, refreshments, activities and music. 

*Our 2022 liquor sponsor as new owners/management of LeBoy vigorously spoke out against racism when they first heard that their dark skin dancers experienced negative comments/treatment from a few of their patrons.

*Our 2022 food sponsor, The Pub, who serve soul food every Wednesday at their location, immediately took action and banned a patron for life when they heard of his racist remarks.

*City Officials, Vice Mayor Paul Rolli and Commissioner Chris Caputo read Wilton Manors City proclamation recognizing The Cookout as an annual Black History Month city event.

*We were able to provide a check of all event proceeds to Ujima Men’s Collective, a collective of Black same-gender loving men who will educate, inform, encourage, and advocate for themselves and the greater community.

It is with unity and community that we eliminate hate. We support and uplift those who support and uplift all walks of life regardless of sex, age, creed, or race.

The Cookout: A Black History Month Fundraiser 2022 – PHOTOS

A Big Thank You To The Cookout 2022 Sponsors:

Commissioner Chris Caputo

Holy Angels Church

City of Wilton Manors

Pub on The Drive


Anthony Winn Entertainment