ABOUT LEGENDS BALL
The 2015 UC|CU LEGENDS Honors Awards & LEGENDS BALL, on Friday, Sept 11 at the historic Hotel VICTOR - Honoring
JONATHAN PLUTZIK, CARIDAD MORO-GRONLIER, MILAN RODRIGUEZ & LEO LAM HAINES
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 11th, 7-11pm at the historic
Victor Hotel on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, and will honor JONATHAN PLUTZIK, CARIDAD MORO-GONLIER & MILAN RODRIGUEZ.
JONATHAN PLUTZIK, Community Visionary & Ally Award | As owner of The BETSY-South Beach, Jonathan and his sister Deborah Briggs-Plutzik have
established a climate of first rate lodging within a creative paradise. From their successful Writer Room Program to partnerships with UC|CU on Celebrate
ORGULLO, TransArt, ArtNights & more, The BETSY and Jonathan have been a vital resource for the Arts & LGBT community. “Our partnership with Unity
Coaltion|Coalición Unida is an important part of The Betsy’s programming in the LGBT space…” said Plutzik.
CARIDAD MORO-GRONLIER, Educational Leader Award | Caridad is a mother, wife, author, community leader & teacher at G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High
School and also their GSA program director. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, she is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in
poetry, and twice nominated for a Pushcart prize.
MILAN RODRIGUEZ, Unsung Hero Award | Born in Cuba, Milan migrated to Miami in the 80’s and started a whole new life. Focusing on her talents in graphic
design, photography & promotions, she has built a nightlife promotional empire (milancita.com), is a devoted wife, mom to her loving dogs, and always
tirelessly working on behalf of her Trangender & Hispanic LGBT community. Milan is an inspiration to all who meet her.
LEO LAM HAINES, Youth Leadership Award | As a transgender high school student, support has always been difficult to find. I joined Pridelines half-way
through my freshman year after having been harassed by school staff, teachers, and students. I felt isolated and anxious, and finding a community at
Pridelines contributed towards a huge improvement in my life experience. . Eventually I created “Beyond the Binary,” a Trans* and Gender Nonconforming
support group there. This experience transcends a traditional LGBT meeting since it is not uncommon to encounter transphobia within the cisgender LGB
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.
Event may be cancelled due to increment weather or acts
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.