Boca Raton, FL – June 21, 2013—Bluegreen Corporation a leading vacation ownership marketing, sales and hospitality company, was a proud sponsor of the Inaugural “Red Hot and In Style” fundraising event for the LGBT community, benefiting the Fort Lauderdale based charity Deliver the Dream. Participants and attendees raised more than $16,000 for the organization.
The event, a Kick Off to Stonewall Summer Pride weekend 2013 was held June 20th at The Manor Restaurant & Nightclub in Wilton Manors, Florida. The evening featured an auction of bachelors/bachelorettes from the LGBT Community, a dream date stay at the Oasis Sens Resort in Cancun Mexico, and a variety of silent auction items.
“On the platform of Diversity and Inclusion, I believe that appreciation of the uniqueness of each individual is an important component of our overall organizational purpose of Bluegreen’s company purpose, Share Happiness,” said Stephen Wilke, Director of Human Resouce Development for Bluegreen and committee member of the Red Hot event. “I feel well supported by the Company for its efforts in the areas of LGBT community involvement and our overall philanthropic efforts which have certainly extended the circle within which we view our group.”
“In my fifteen years with the Company, I’ve never experienced anything but affirmation and appreciation and I know that not all American workers can say the same thing especially if they are a member of the LGBT community,” said Wilke.
The event took place just days before the Supreme Court DOMA decision that ruledthe Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban unconstitutional, a huge milestone for the LGBT community.
It was also the evening that the Miami Heat won the NBA National Championship beating the San Antonio Spurs in the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
“To have that many people show up to a first year event is incredible, and then to have the bad luck of being the same day as the NBA finals….WOW,” said Scott Holland, Associate Publisher of Hotspots Magazine. “I can’t even imagine how great it’s going to be next year!”
Deliver the Dream provides retreat programs for families dealing with serious illness or crisis. Additional sponsors of the event included Neighborhood Market by Walmart of Boynton Beach, SouthFloridaGayNews.com, Hotpots! Magazine, Florida Diversity Council, Principal Financial Group, Pearls by Key West, HotFlyers.com, Stonewall Summer Pride, and The Manor.