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ONE Marriott Miami Helps Host Miami Beach Gay Pride Kick-Off Event

Miami Beach Gay Pride's Dave Cook, iHeart Radio's Enrique Santos, and NBC6 Roxane Vargas

It was a festive evening under the stars as Miami Beach Gay Pride presented its fourth annual "Soiree by the Sea" on January 20, 2017 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. The VIP event raises money each year for growing Pride parade and festival for the LGBTQ community. Tickets were purchased for $50, and all proceeds from the evening go right back to the organization for their pride efforts.

DJ Adora spinning

The evening also included a special birthday celebration for the evening’s emcee, reporter Roxanne Vargas from NBC-6. Attendees were treated to complimentary Stoli and Herradura cocktails, Barefoot wines, delectable appetizers prepared by the Culinary Team of the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, an exclusive raffle, performances by Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride - Kalah Mendoza, local celebrity appearances, and other entertainment. Spinning the tunes that filled the night’s sky was DJ Adora, decked in purple sequins from head to toe.

During the “Soirée By The Sea,” a check for $3,800 was presented to the Point Foundation, a charity helping LGBTQ students in Miami-Dade County pay tuition and other high learning expenses, thus assuring they have the academic and leadership support for post-graduation experiences.

The event was a collaborative effort with Celebrity Cruises, which is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival. “It was truly a great evening. We were pleased to help bring this worthy event to one of our Marriott hotels to help support our local LGBTQ community and demonstrate how #LoveTravels at Marriott,” said Bertha Galindo-Crucet. Galindo-Crucet is the Destination Sales Executive at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, Co-Chair of the South Florida Business Council's Spirit to Serve Committee, and ONE Marriott - Miami chapter communication director.

ONE Miami Chairperson, Bertha Galindo-Crucet (far left) with Grant Van Ulbrich (middle), Dir of Diversity & Inclusion of Celebrity Cruises & Royal Caribbean, and his Celebrity Cruises guests.

About ONE

ONE Marriott is the official lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and straight ally associate network of Marriott International, Inc. Since its inception in November 2010 by 15 founding members, the group has cultivated a focus to serve as a voice for LGBT associates and their allies, as well as to create a supportive network for a community that had no formal representation before within the company.

With over 1,900 volunteer members in 20+ chapters around the world, ONE continues to move forward in seeking new ways to:

  • Develop community among members

  • Increase the diversity mindset to include LGBT issues, and

  • Assist in unleashing revenue opportunities with concentrated marketing and sales efforts within the LGBT community

ONE embodies Marriott’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion within its own membership. Over fifty-five percent of ONE’s membership is made up of straight allies. Sixty percent are women and close to ten percent of members live outside of the United States.

Associate Networks within Marriott are ongoing, associate-initiated teams that form around a broad range of common interests. These networks provide the opportunity to informally connect with other associates in order to grow both personally and professionally. These teams are self-directed and funded by their members.

For more information on ONE Marriott, please go to our website at www.onemarriott.com and engage with us on Twitter and Instagram @onemarriott


Brad Benton

ONE Marriott Chairperson

E: brad.benton@marriott.com

T: +1 301-380-9588

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