The annual Pink Flamingo Awards is taking over Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom later this month. On September 24, attendees will gather to recognize people, places and organizations that have demonstrated a level of excellence throughout the year.
This marks the third year for the fundraiser, which benefits the LGBT Visitor’s Center on Miami Beach; the Center relies on donations and grants, and the fundraiser is one of their most important affairs. According to the Center’s Executive Director Lori Lynch, the event started as a luncheon before evolving into an awards show for its second year.
While the theme for this year’s iteration is under wraps, ticketholders can expect plenty of over-the-top shenanigans and entertainment if history repeats itself. Comedian ANT is reprising his role as Emcee for the evening’s festivities, and there will be an open bar and 3-course meal for guests to enjoy throughout the night.
Among this year’s nominees are Miami’s own Michelle Bernstein and Todd Erickson, who are up for Best Chef. Both culinary superstars have made a mark on the local dining scene with their restaurants Cena by Michy, Haven Gastro-Lounge and others. There are also categories for Best Restaurant – Casual and Best Restaurant – Fine Dining, which feature nominees like The Forge, Juvia, Spris and Cibo Wine Bar South Beach.
The community is responsible for nominating candidates and ultimately voting on the winners. During the nomination phase, individuals select their favorites among the different categories; the top five vote-getters in each of the 21 categories become the official nominees. Another round of voting – closing September 18 — decides the victors, who are announced at the show.
To purchase your tickets and join in on the fun, visit the Pink Flamingo Awards official website.