Bailey House Auction
GLAAD Out Auction 2010
Ali Forney Luscious
Broadway Impact
Communion Art
Compass at Halo
Garden Party 2009
Garden Party 2010
GLAAD Out Auction
GLWD Day of the Dead
Hetrick-Martin Awards
Join The Impact
Kips Bay Show House
Live Out Loud Gala
MGLFF Benefit
NY Leadership Awards
Janice Dickinson
Jennifer Holliday
Joe Gauthreaux
Jonathan Peters
Junior Vasquez
Rauhofer Nissim
Sin Morera
Tony Moran
Love Is In The Air
The Garden Party
Musto Celebrates 25
Black Party XXXI
Miss'd America Pageant
Voodoo Purgatorio
Work Halloween
HOP Pride
NYC Pride Rally
Alegria Pride
NYC Pride Events
WPF VIP Reception
WPF Shopping Spree
WPF: Media Reception
WPF Departure Lounge
WPF Safer Sex Party
Sobe Halloween
Save Dade Halloween
Amnesia Joe G
Salvation Amnesia Encores
Beach Birthday Bash
NYC Gay Pride Parade
Alegria Pride
Hades Music After Party
Masterbeat Release
WPF: Fashion Runway
Sunset T Cruise
RSVP Mediterranean
NYC Gay Pride Parade
DP1: NY Dance Parade
GLAAD Media Awards
HX Awards
NYC Pride Rally
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Election 08
Gay Flags Flying
Key West Chicken Scratch
Latino Press Awards
Our Anniversary
St. John the Divine
WPF VIP Cocktail Reception
Icon Brickell, Miami Fl
by Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
February 28, 2009
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Celebrities and more celebrities, from A-list to D-list—and a veritable media scrum to photograph their every inhalation, their every tremulous step over the brilliant sheen of the tortuous marble floor—a floor punctuated by rose-petal strewn reflecting pools and bubbling Jacuzzis. And woe to the VIPs who didn’t watch their step—for the next step was into ankle-deep water. Better than stepping into a New York puddle, of course, but drenched Manolos and Jimmy Choos, nonetheless. For this was the VIP Cocktail Reception at the Spa at Icon Brickell. Think of the Roman Baths of Caracalla (the model for the original Penn Station in New York). We’re talking chandeliers that would make the Phantom of the Opera pant with envy: massive Murano chandeliers dangling ominously over the hot and cold plunge pools. Designed by Yoo by Philippe Starck, this 5,000 square foot sybaritic paradise boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Key Biscayne. But who was looking at the water when so many other reflective surfaces beckoned? All around us, celebrities blinked back the onslaught of flashes. Which celebrities, you might ask? Stunners, for one thing, such as David Bromstad, and JD Ordonez, and Wilson Cruz, and Daniela Sea, and Yuval David. That kind of looker. You had to keep looking; you couldn’t help yourself. But apart from Cruz, who gave a most eloquent and heartfelt speech about his long association with the Task Force as an activist actor, perhaps the biggest celebrity of the evening was Rea Carey, Executive Director of the Task Force. This is a leader who continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the LGBT community—and to hear her speak with passion and conviction about this particular moment in LGBT history is to reach for the checkbook and loosen the pursestrings. For as Carey reminded us, Winter Party Festival has sent $660,000 back into the LGBT community. There were cocktails and hors d’oeuvres—but the evening was perhaps best synopsized in the Latin expression printed on a card in the swag bag: Memento vivere, loosely translated as Remember to live—which serves as a very fine motto for this year’s Winter Party Festival.

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