"Some people ask me, 'Why are you always going to so many gay events?' Well, they throw the best parties," said Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, as he accepted the night's top honors: the Morgan Stanley Bob Balsam Civic Achievement Award.
Other honorees included the Adrienne Arsht Center for its civic outreach and education programs geared towards LGBT youth, and Cindy Brown for her work with Botanical Gardens. Brown was also the founder of Miami Beach Gay Pride, who for the past year has struggled with combating breast cancer.
"Everything I did working with the community, I couldn't have done without the chamber," said Brown during her tearful speech, as supporters gave her a standing ovation.
The whole event was hosted by 1 Hotel and Homes, formerly the Gansevoort, were attendants dined on eggplant ratatouille, mushroom penne, seafood soup, and full carving station catered by Tom Chollicio's new Miami concept Beachcraft. The food, and setting gave off a sophisticated yet relaxed beach feel without being overly stuffy.