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ARTOPIA, the first annual fundraiser for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Gay and Lesbian Business Xchange (GLBX), will be held at GALLERYone – A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton (2670 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) on Friday, June 13, starting at 6 p.m. VIP attendees should arrive for a special reception which will begin at 5 p.m. Part of the proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Broward County Cultural Division Grants program for the arts.

This fundraiser for GLBX intends to showcase the result of two communities in Broward County meshing together: the professional community and the cultural community. In uniting these two bases and celebrating the diversity in both communities, GLBX hopes that will empower our local community to not only survive, but thrive. ARTOPIA is envisioned as a place where art and artists will be showcased and celebrated. Many different kinds of arts will be presented, such as the visual arts, culinary arts, and fashion. An art ambassador will be on hand to introduce the crowds to each artist. The VIP reception, held an hour earlier than general admission, will allow people to interact with the artists one on one; the special Audi Lounge with full bar will also be open to VIPs.

ARTOPIA is presented by Audi of Coral Springs and Audi of Lighthouse Point. General admission prices are $50 for Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (GFLCC) members and $65 for non-members. This includes access to the general event area, food and beverages from local chefs, and parking. VIP ticket prices are $75 for GFLCC members and $85 for non-members. This designation includes the cocktail hour before the event, access to the Audi Lounge, a preview of the artists’ works, VIP parking, and a gift bag. Ticket prices will increase on the actual day of the event. To purchase tickets, please visit ftlchamber.com/artopia.

Hotspots Media Group is proud to be a supporter of ARTOPIA. If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Rene Cantu at (954) 462-7498 or e-mail at rene@ftlchamber.com.