For the past 25 years, the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
has been working diligently on behalf of Palm Beach County’s LGBT community. (To see a history of LGBT achievement in Palm Beach County, click here
In recognition of our work, The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
has invited PBCHRC’s supporters to join openly gay poet Richard Blanco
at the Plum Blush of Dusk Soirée at the hotel on the evening of Wednesday, May 1st.
Mr. Blanco, the first Latino, openly gay and youngest poet to read at the inauguration of a United States president, moved the world with his words at Presdient Obama’s Inauguration last January. His poem “One Today
“, a poignant highlight of the Inauguration ceremony, was called “a humble, modest poem, one presented to a national audience as a gift of camaraderie, and in the context of political, pop, and media culture, a quiet assertion that poetry deserves its place in our thoughts on this one day, and every day,” by Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly. The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach is honored to host the “pop star poet” on his first visit to the Palm Beaches. PBCHRC’s 25th anniversary kick-off event is a perfect way to honor Mr. Blanco as an artist and celebrate the diversity of our community.
The 15 minute poetry reading and reception (cash bar) will be an intimate gathering held by the firepit on the hotel’s oceanfront terrace from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 1st.
Prior to the poetry reading, a very limited capacity VIP “meet and greet” will be held in the hotel’s Presidential Suite
, an amazing oceanfront space designed to bring luxurious fun and cheeky character to a traditionally proper suite. A wall uniquely dedicated to “shoe art” adds to the unexpected tone of the Presidential Suite. Miami native Robert Tabor designed the shoes, all of which pay tribute to past First Ladies and other worldly dignitaries. The Hilary Clinton shoe is a high-powered blue pin stripe pump with a heel prominently spiked through a dog house (aptly labeled, Bill). The Barbara Bush shoe is a classic orthopedic wing tip in signature blue fashion with a red ribbon tie, topped by her famous three-strand pearls. The Jackie Kennedy shoe is a ’60’s style square toe, covered in pink wool boucle and pill box hat. Other shoes include Betty Ford, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Antoinette, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and, of course, Michelle Obama.
To attend the poetry reading and reception, click on the “Make a Donation with PayPal” link to your left and donate $40. (For each increment of $40 donated, a ticket will be set side under your name for the poetry reading and the reception being held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.).
To attend the VIP event (including the poetry reading and reception), click on the “Make a Donation with PayPal” link to your left and donate $250. (For each increment of $250 donated, a ticket will be set side under your name for the VIP event being held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., as well as for the the Poetry Reading and the reception).
Checks may also be sent to PBCHRC at P.O. Box 267, West Palm Beach, Florida 33402.
As these are strictly limited attendance events which are likely to sell out quickly, PBCHRC strongly suggests you purchase your tickets as soon as possible.
Thanks to the generosity of The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, all proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.
For more information about “Plum Blush of Dusk” and/or The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, please call 1-561-533-6000 or visit, www.ritzcarlton.com/ palmbeach
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach
100 South Ocean Boulevard Manalapan, Florida 33462