Honorees Announced for Diversity Honors at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on March 30 to Benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park

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ABC'S The View Host Meghan McCain, Army Captain Jennifer Peace and Staff Sergeant Patricia King plus Congressman Ted Deutch, Phill Wilson, Tony Lima and the Wilton Manors City Commission to be recognized during the fifth annual Diversity Honors on March 30, 2019

“A sold-out event every year, we are humbled by the growing support for this initiative that highlights tolerance, acceptance and leadership," said Susan Renneisen, vice president of community affairs and special events for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

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HONOREES ANNOUNCED FOR DIVERSITY HONORS PRESENTED BY SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ON SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Co-Host of ABC’s The View Meghan McCain to Receive the Harvey Milk Foundation Lilla Watson Medal; Army Captain Jennifer Peace and Staff Sergeant Patricia King to Receive the Harvey Milk Foundation Valor Award. Other honorees include Congressman Ted Deutch, Black AIDS Institute’s Phill Wilson , SAVE’s Tony Lima and the Wilton Manors City Commission to be Recognized for Contributions to Advancing Inclusiveness

Diversity Honors presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, has announced its honorees for this year’s globally renowned celebration that benefits Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park and recognizes those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness. The 5th anniversary gala taking place on March 30 at 7 p.m. will recognize TV personality, political blogger and best-selling author Meghan McCain as the recipient of the Harvey Milk Foundation Lilla Watson Medal. Army Captain Jennifer Peace and Staff Sergeant Patricia King will receive the Harvey Milk Foundation Valor Award. Other honorees include Congressman Ted Deutch, Phill Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute, and Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE plus the Wilton Manors City Commission will receive The Pride Center Alan Schubert Award of Excellence. The special event will be emceed by NBC 6 anchor Jamie Guirola with awards presented by Stuart Milk as the co-founder and Board President of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Meghan McCain is a co-host of ABC’s The View and the daughter of Senator John McCain. Often said to possess the McCain “maverick gene,” Meghan has no qualms saying what is on her mind and brags that she inherited “my dad’s heartburn-inducing ability to say what he thinks.” A powerful voice for women and Republicans, alike, McCain passionately advocates for women’s issues, social issues and marriage equality. Prior to joining The View, McCain was a co-host on the afternoon talk program Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel. She was also a co-host on Pivot TV’s late-night news program TakePart Live. McCain was also the creator, executive producer and host of the genre-busting docuseries Raising McCain which also aired on Pivot. An award-winning political blogger, McCain was a columnist for The Daily Beast and an MSNBC contributor. A New York Times best-selling author, McCain wrote and published her first book, “Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story” in 2010 followed by a children’s book, both of which were inspired by her time on the campaign trail during her father’s presidential run. McCain’s most recent book, “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom,” recounts the cross-country road trip that she and left-wing comedian Michael Ian Black embarked upon together in 2011.

This collaborative effort between the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park, along with generous support from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, has put South Florida on the international stage of LGBT+ rights and activism in honor of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States who was assassinated shortly after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This year marks the 41st anniversary of Harvey Milk’s historic service.

“It is a privilege for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood to present, produce and celebrate the fifth anniversary of Diversity Honors,” said Susan Renneisen, vice president of community affairs and special events for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “A sold-out event every year, we are humbled by the growing support for this initiative that highlights tolerance, acceptance and leadership for change to ensure equality, inclusiveness and a higher quality of life for LGBT+ communities across the globe.”

Over the years, Diversity Honors has paid tribute to an impressive roster of honorees including civil rights activists Dolores Huerta, president and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, and Judy and Dennis Shepard, recipients of the Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal; Bollywood star Celina Jaitly and Ireland Senator Dr. David Norris who both received the Harvey Milk Foundation’s Lilla Watson Global Champion Medal; the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Gay-Straight Alliance, transgender YouTube viral inspiration Ryland Whittington, and transgender teen activist Jazz Jennings – all recipients of the annual Harvey Milk Foundation Milan Rozsa Award plus singer/actress Deborah Cox, Judge Rand Hoch, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mayor Dean Trantalis, and others.

The evening will commence with an elegant cocktail reception featuring an interactive balloon pop and raffle of more than 200 luxury items followed by a seated dinner with open bar, the awards presentation and live entertainment. A decadent Stoli After-party will follow featuring Debby Holiday, a multiple Billboard-charting dance artist/singer/songwriter, plus desserts, dancing and flowing spirits.

Diversity Honors presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is sponsored by Norwegian Air Shuttle, DMK – Danne Montague-King, Stoli Vodka, Levi’s®, Macy’s, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Miami Foundation, GPR | Goodman Public Relations, Hotspots! magazine, Gold Coast magazine, NBC 6 South Florida, SunTrust, It’s Happening Out, Ludwig Framemakers, Fast Printz, Lightship Media and Michael Murphy Photography.

Tickets are $250 per person, plus a service fee, for the black-tie optional event. To reserve tickets or for more information, please visit http://www.DiversityHonors.com.

About The Harvey Milk Foundation
The Harvey Milk Foundation was founded by Stuart Milk, Harvey's nephew, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey's campaign manager and political aide. Today, the Harvey Milk Foundation provides on-the-ground support and award-winning programming to struggling and emerging LGBT+ communities on five continents with team leaders and long-term partnerships in 31 nations. In 2018, the Harvey Milk Foundation was the recipient of the European Union's Award for the Most Effective Nonprofit in the World. For more information, please visit http://www.milkfoundation.org.

About The Pride Center at Equality Park
Celebrating more than 25 years of service, The Pride Center at Equality Park has provided a welcoming, safe space – an inclusive home – that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBT+ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida. The Pride Center’s programs and services meet the distinct socio-economic, health, spiritual, and safety needs of the LGBT+ community. It hosts more than 60 regular meeting groups each month and more than 35,000 adults and youth attend activities at the Center, each year. Outreach activities over the past year directly impacted 50,000 residents and visitors to South Florida. The Pride Center is a major site for HIV testing and prevention, education and counseling and offers holistic and comprehensive support programs for persons living with HIV/AIDS, including the nationally acclaimed PALS Project. For more information, visit http://www.pridecenterflorida.org.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It is a world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts A-list entertainers, comedy and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open in fall 2019 will bring 638 luxury guestrooms to a first-ever, iconic, guitar-shaped hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations in an adjacent hotel tower overlooking a lush, “Bora Bora” style, private cabana environment; a 41,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water-focused experience for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding; 30 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges; an expanded gaming floor featuring 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 46-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and 21,000 square feet of new retail space. The highly anticipated 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live theater-style concert venue will feature headline performances and live broadcast capabilities. The resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441). The resort is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. Visit us online at http://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly

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