About The Event

Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s will be the setting for the Diversity Honors gala that kicks off Harvey Milk Day events across the nation and will benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park. This highly anticipated event on the eve of Saturday, May 6, 2017 will showcase those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness.

“It is such a privilege to host this annual event where we come together to honor men and women who, in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the diversity of the human spirit, the values that define us as not only as the South Florida community, but as a nation, and the potential that lives inside of all of us,” said Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and global human rights advocate. “We are thrilled to join together again with The Pride Center and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to present this ongoing celebration of those who exemplify the best examples of authenticity, leadership and courage in our community.”

2017 Honorees

This year’s impressive roster of honorees will be:

  • Harvey Milk Foundation’s Lilla Watson Award will recognize Ireland Senator David Norris
    “Father of the Irish LGBT Rights Movement”
  • Harvey Milk Foundation’s Milan Rozsa Award will recognize Isaiah Henderson,
    survivor of Pulse Nightclub massacre
  • Tiffany Arieagus
  • Ilene Berliner
  • Dan Hall
  • Giselle Kovac
  • Jessica Norton
  • Patrick Piana, CEO of Stoli Group USA
  • Tony Plakas
  • Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Hosted by Craig Stevens, WSVN News Anchor, the event will coincide with celebrations around the globe for Harvey Milk Day (May 22), an official state holiday in California that celebrates Milk’s enduring legacy of hope and example of courage. Guests at Diversity Honors will enjoy a lively cocktail reception, a seated three-course dinner, live entertainment and an inspiring awards presentation. The charitable evening will culminate with a Stoli After-Party, also to be held at Hard Rock Live featuring recording artist Kym Sims and South Florida illusionist TP Lords.

“As a leading LGBT organization in South Florida, we salute the honorees and fully support the mission of the Harvey Milk Foundation,” said Robert Boo, chief executive officer at The Pride Center at Equality Park. “This event had a huge impact on our community last year so we are fully committed to another successful program.”

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship provides a unique opportunity for individuals and companies to engage and connect with LGBT leaders and allies in an inspiring atmosphere with a few surprises that you won’t want to miss. This event has all eyes watching as it has set the national stage for LGBT advocacy and progress. We can customize opportunities so all ideas are encouraged to embrace LGBT individuals and those who support LGBT causes and concerns. Your investment supports the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park. Please contact us at 954-463-9005 ext. 105.