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Equality Florida, the LGBT rights and advocacy organization in the Sunshine State, is ready to present to you, with the help of sponsor PNC Bank, their first gala of the year. The Palm Beach Gala will be held on Thursday, February 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Studio, located at 1016 Clare Avenue, Building 5, in West Palm Beach.

The work done by Equality Florida, with the help of supporters just like you, will be showcased at this event in the form of the “State of the State” address, given by Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith. Also recognized at this event will be Voice for Equality honorees Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live entertainment will be available for the enjoyment of Equality Florida supporters throughout the evening.

“We are thrilled, at this historic moment in time, to honor Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz for their leading role in the fight for marriage equality and their unwavering and tireless commitment to achieving equality for all,” Equality Florida said in a statement as they announced their latest Voice for Equality Honorees.

Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz were involved in a case that received nationwide media Gala_copyattention in 1988, when they sued the New York City Board of Education, along with two other couples, for the right to domestic partner benefits. The couple appeared on Donahue and Geraldo to talk about the case and to present their side. After six years of litigation, the courts ruled in their favor. Afterwards, they started a PFLAG chapter in Florida, were the founders of The Answer is Loving Counseling Center, and participated in the critically acclaimed documentary “Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House.” They have been Equality Florida supporters for over a decade.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased by visiting eqfl.org/palmbeachgala or by calling (813) 870-3735. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well, starting at $500. To become a sponsor, e-mail Rick Hill at rick@eqfl.org or call (305) 401-1021.

Hotspots Media Group is proud to be a sponsor of the Equality Florida Palm Beach Gala. For more information on the Palm Beach Gala, please visit eqfl.org/palmbeachgala. For more information on Equality Florida, including dates for upcoming galas and mixers, visit eqfl.org.