ABOUT LEGENDS HONORS Award
The 2016 UC|CU LEGENDS Honors Awards & LEGENDS BALL, on Friday, Sept 16th at the historic WARNER PLACE, home of
Miami's Hispanic Cultural Arts Center - Honoring ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, JOWHARAH SANDERS & JANE CASTRO
Miami Beach, Florida… Started in 2010, our Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU) LEGENDS HONORS and LEADERS, LEGENDS & LOVELIES Ball
celebrates the good, positive & outstanding within our LGBTQ & ally community. Through the annual recognition we bring the community together to focus
on the similarities rather than the differences we all share, and how we can inspire others to do good, excel, be proud of who they are & just be better
people. This year, our Legends Ball – the one fundraising event of its kind we host each year – will be on Friday, September 16th, 7-11pm at the historic at
the historic WARNER PLACE, home of Miami's Hispanic Cultural Arts Center - Honoring ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, JOWHARAH SANDERS & JANE CASTRO
ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN: Outstanding Political & Social Leadership
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1989-- the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress.
A former teacher and lifelong educator, she is passionate about many things, including stopping domestic violence against women, education, fighting
Medicare fraud, democracy & freedom in Cuba, and much more.
She is Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
She is wife to Vietnam veteran Dexter Lehtinen, mother and step-mother to 4 adult children, and grandmother to three beautiful baby girls. Most recently, the
Ros-Lehtinen’s were part of a national campaign in support of transgender rights, alongside her son Rodrigo.
JOWHARAH SANDERS: Youth & Women’s Empowerment
In October of 2009, Ms. Sanders founded National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE),
At a young age, Jowharah Sanders endured bullying, abuse and suicidal ideation stemming from harassment over race and orientation stigmas. She lived
as a victim for many years, until a University of Miami college advisor took notice and counseled her, saying, “Life is about choices. You can either choose to
live as a victim, or you can choose to be a survivor. No amount of self-pity or self-sabotage will ever change what happened.”
It was at that moment Jowharah truly began living. In turn, she dedicated her life to mentoring children and families impacted by bullying and suicide. Her
message is, “You are not alone – even when you feel the most disempowered. Together, let’s make a difference.”
Today, she is developing a research-based school-wide bullying prevention program called “Not On My Watch”, whose innovative model of change has
student bystanders take a direct role in reducing bullying at their schools. She also continues to foster and grow NVEEE’s mentoring and Peace
Ambassador programs as Executive Director of the non-profit organization.
JANE CASTRO: Unsung Hero & Ally Award
Jane is an American musician, recording artist and TV personality who is active in the American and Latin markets. Born in Miami, Florida to Cuban
immigrants, she is professionally known as Jei and Jane Castro. Castro has performed on MTV’s Spring Break and American Idol 2003, and in VH-1s’
reality TV show ‘Tough Love.’ She has commanded the stage on the most recognized local, national and international LGBT events, including Miami Beach
Gay Pride, AIDS Walk Miami and Celebrate ORGULLO Festival. Jane is always there to help, support, defend & stand up as an ally to the LGBT community.
Our work is 100% funded by events & private donations, and we are 100% staffed & managed by volunteers. Everything that comes in, goes right back out
for programming, leading & assisting our community to fairness & equality.
NOTE: All ticket sales are FINAL & considered DONATIONS to UC|CU. No refunds available for any reason. VALET PARKING Available on site.
Event may be cancelled due to increment weather or acts of nature. Under 21, or no ID? You will NOT be served alcohol.
LEGENDS HONORS AWARD
Every year we honor allies of the LGBTQ community, present & past that have made a positive mark & contribution and
celebrate the good, noble & outstanding within our community.
This year’s recipients are a stellar list of the who’s who of South Florida Theatre and the Arts.
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