Rev. Elder Tony Freeman, Interim Senior Pastor of the (MCCPB), the largest faith-based community in Palm Beach County dedicated to serving the local LGBT community and its family members and friends, today announced that 116 members and friends attended the annual Rainbow Ball on April 6. This is MCCPB’s largest gala fundraiser, a “fun-filled evening of dancing and dining, entertainment and socializing.”
Under the banner of “Respect – Dignity – Equality… for all,” this year’s Rainbow Ball will be held in the Majestic Ballroom of the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach, the theme of this year’s event was DISCO FUSION. The celebratory event was co-chaired by Michael McKeich and Carlos Toro.
One highlight of this year’s Rainbow Ball was the presentation of MCCPB’s prestigious Ruby Slipper Award to J. Michael Woods, a science teacher at Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, FL. He is a sponsor of the school’s United Club (Gay/Straight Alliance), coaches Special Olympics, is a board member of the Classroom Teacher Association, for which he serves as Clothing Drive Coordinator, and chaperones and is a docent for school trips to the United States Holocaust Museum.
In addition, Woods has spent 19 years as a summer counselor at Camp Juliena for the hearing impaired, is a 16-year board member of Compass, the LGBTQ community center in Lake Worth, and a frequent volunteer and coordinator for the annual Pridefest Parade. He also volunteers for the Big Heart Brigade, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and SmartRide, which raises funds for AIDS awareness programs in South Florida.
The $10,500 raised at this year’s Rainbow Ball will help MCCPB serve the local LGBTQ community and its allies.