October Executive Director Letter

It’s been a little over a month since I took over the reigns here at SAVE Dade. Between SAVE’s Deputy Director and my right-hand woman, Maria Barth, welcoming a beautiful baby daughter into the world, planning our big Halloween Ball fundraiser, working on endorsements for the 2013 elections, and connecting with community leaders and our donors, I haven’t had so much as a minute to get used to things around here.

It’s been wonderful so far!  The battle to win equality for all residents of Miami-Dade County doesn’t take a break, and neither should I. And in fact, I haven’t.

Just a few weeks after I started here, I had the privilege of leading a rally of the faithful in support of a countywide Human Rights Ordinance that protects all of Miami-Dade County’s residents from discrimination, including the transgender community. The rally was a huge success, with over one hundred attendees and extensive coverage in local and even national media. 

Events like these help to galvanize support in the community for progress in our county. And as we saw this summer, without the outspoken support of the community, our elected officials won’t necessarily vote on the side of progress, especially when special interests and extremists can distort the issues unchallenged.

Our efforts to pass an all-inclusive Human Rights Ordinance would never be possible without the tireless work of our dedicated staff here at SAVE.  I am so proud of my staff. They regularly put in 60 or 80 hours a week managing volunteers, running phone banks and canvasses, engaging voters and engaging the community.

In the last three months SAVE Dade has conducted over one hundred field actions by filling over one thousand volunteer shifts in order to engage more than five thousand voters. Support for the SAVE’s groundbreaking TransEquality campaign runs very deep, and we have only just begun to engage the community: we plan to continue contacting voters even more over the next few weeks as we prepare for the November 5th elections. Remember, in 2013 equality means VOTE.

There’s a lot of important work happening at SAVE and it would be impossible without our volunteers and donors. You too could be a supporter. Being a supporter of SAVE could be as simple as attending one of our fundraising events such as the upcoming SAVE Dade Halloween Ball.

This year’s Halloween Ball is Saturday, October 26 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. For just $100, you’ll not only help fund our efforts to promote equality, but you’ll get admission to the biggest Halloween party on South Beach, including a costume contest with cash prizes, celebrity DJ Tracy Young, and best of all, an open bar from 10PM until the party ends at 3AM.

This year, we’ve also added a special VIP cocktail reception as a pre-party for the Ball called the Luminaries of Equality. This will be our opportunity to recognize and celebrate young professionals in our community doing amazing work on behalf of LGBT issues. For $150, you get everything included with general admission, plus access to the Luminaries of Equality, featuring an open bar, special performances and delicious food.

I hope you will consider attending this incredible event. Without the success of events like this every year, SAVE Dade could not carry out its mission effectively. The success of this event depends on you—so please consider purchasing your ticket today at http://www.savedade.org/halloween.

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