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The GLBX (Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange) Business Community Ally Awards presented by Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina (2301 SE 17 Street Fort Lauderdale) will debut on Tuesday, October 2, from 6 – 8 p.m. This new recognition event with six award categories will showcase individuals along with business and government entities that are successfully doing business with the LGBT+ community, defining and implementing diversity and inclusion policies and supporting worthy related causes. This year’s category winners are: Business Ally (Citrix), Business Leader (Susan Renneisen/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), Impact (Ilene Berliner & Mark Ketchum), Advocate (City of Wilton Manors), Legacy (Steve Rothaus) and Visionary (Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau).

“The GLBX is thrilled to launch this inaugural event which offers a glimpse into how individuals and businesses are working together to be more inclusive and engaged with the LGBT+ community,” said Michael Goodman, GLBX board chair. “As a Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, we are proud to honor LGBT business leaders and allies who are actively creating change and doing business as part of a diverse thriving economy.”

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception while overlooking the city from almost every point of view in The Pier Top Restaurant at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina. An open bar, culinary delights and entertainment will complement the awards ceremony which will be presented by local business leaders and sponsors. Complimentary valet parking is included in the ticket price.

“Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina is a proud supporter of many local causes and events that make our community shine as a great place to live, work and visit,” said Amaury Piedra, general manager of Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina. “We are excited to help launch this new awards program in support of the Chamber as we showcase our amazing property and amenities for hotel guests, social events and business meetings.”

Sponsors of this event are Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina as the lead presenter, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Memorial Healthcare System, The Eppy Group, Hotspots Media Group, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Gold Coast Magazine, Bow Tie Gurl and GPR/Goodman Public Relations.

Tickets for the GLBX BCA Awards at the Pier Top Restaurant at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina are $45 for members and $55 for non-members and can be purchased at www.ftlchamber.com/bca.