Monday, May 15, 2017

LGBT Business Council - Summit Recap and Gala Details

Randall S. Kimble, Air Products Retiree, LGBT Business Council President

Before I mention our “Evening in Paris” Gala on June16, I want to sum up (brag) about the success we had at our inaugural LGBT Business Summit.

We had 26 awesome sponsors including our platinum sponsor, the Bennett Automotive Group, who graciously lined up the Muhlenberg College entrance with a few Maserati’s. There were 162 attendees, four awesome breakout sessions, morning address speaker Tony Iannelli, and our Keynote speaker, Lea DeLaria.

As always, Tony killed it with the audience who had the opportunity to hear firsthand highlights regarding the 7th largest Chamber of Commerce in the US and shared the background in forming the LGBT Business Council in 2012. Thanks Tony and the Board of Governors!

Our keynote speaker, Lea DeLaria, famous for her role as Boo in “Orange is the New Black,” is the first gay comic on television, having worked in countless TV and film roles as well as being an author. She is also a featured jazz vocalist in opera houses in the U.S., U.K. and Australia... and started with singing jazz leading up to her hysterical comedy during the Summit. She had everyone ending the day on a light note of laughter.

If you missed the Summit this year, please look for information about next year’s event which we are already planning.

Come celebrate our accomplishments with us at our annual GALA on Friday, June 16 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort! This year’s theme is “An Evening in Paris” presented by NOVUS ACS and Capital BlueCross. Enjoy the atmosphere, beautiful setting and venue, silent auction, and DJ Brad Smith. It’s also not too late to sponsor the event.

Contact Jessica for tickets, silent auction donations and/or to sponsor the GALA at jessicac@lehighvalleychamber.org.

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