Doug Ball will receive Equality Florida’s highest honor, the Voice For Equality Award, at a brunch reception Saturday, March 21st at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. The award recognizes his years of volunteer leadership in multiple organizations on behalf of civil liberties & social justice. Civil liberties, serving the hungry & homeless & religious freedom are among his causes. Like many other Floridians Ball & his husband Frank Dowd were looking for a warmer climate when Doug retired in 2001 from his job as a lawyer with the IRS in Washington D.C. But neither was looking to slow down. Living in one of the most conservative counties in Florida “is not very encouraging at times,” Doug says. Neither Naples nor Collier County has a human rights ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people from discrimination. Lately, he & other local members of Equality Florida have focused on raising awareness & support for various statewide measures as well as local ones. Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida’s Deputy Director stated, “I can think of no one more deserving, who has given of himself so tirelessly & who has been there time and time again for our community.” This is the third annual reception in which Equality Florida is honoring a local leader. Previous award winners were Thom Croce, who started the Gay Straight Alliance at Naples High School & Gabrielle Gilmore, a longtime leader in PFLAG. The event will be from 11A to 1P March 21st in the Orchid Ballroom of the Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive in Naples. Tickets are $100.
For Info & Tix: eqfl.org
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