Aqua Girl celebrates its 10th anniversary
The Magic City will be home to incredible music, dazzling dance parties, and thousands of exciting women from every corner of the country-and the world--starting tomorrow.
Aqua Girl 2009 will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with something for everyone. The events will range from gourmet dinners and brunches to outstanding live entertainment. And 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit local charities.
This year’s event, however, is not for women only. Deejay and producer Alyson Calagna performs at Aqua Girl’s community Tea Dance on Sunday - a perfect opportunity for gay men to come out in support of their lesbian sisters.
Aqua Girl began as a modest one-day fundraiser called Sweet Charity in 1999. Alison Burgos created the event as a way to raise money for breast cancer research and advocacy. And these days she worked with 20 committee members who work throughout the year to plan Aqua Girl. More than 100 volunteers are also involved.
"It’s amazing to see how Aqua Girl brings our community together," Burgos said. "There’s no other charity event that offers so much diversity for lesbians."
All net proceeds from Aqua Girl Week benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation that promotes the equality, health, strength, and visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender women through community initiatives, grants, scholarships, a health project and mentoring programs.
Previous grant recipients include the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Mautner Project, a Miami Safe Schools project, and the Project YES communications and leadership development program.