Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-09-10
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Knight at the Movies: The Skeleton Twins; The Homestretch; film notes Knight at the Movies: The Skeleton Twins;
The Homestretch; film notes
Sibling rivalry and revelry has long been a great basis for movies ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

Aqua Girl offers parties, supports future LBT leaders
by Charlsie Dewey
2013-03-06

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Although sitting poolside might seem like a far-off dream in the middle of January, the organizers of annual women's weekend Aqua Girl want the ladies of Chicago to start fantasizing about summer early.

Tickets for the popular weekend, being held May 15-19, are on sale now, with a discounted hotel price guaranteed through the month of January only. This year's host hotel is South Beach's The National, which promises a sexy atmosphere that will serve as a backdrop for a weekend of fun.

Like most other women's weekends across the country, Aqua Girl offers pool parties, clubbing, live music performances, a VIP cocktail party and even a few low-key events, but according to Robin Schwartz, executive director of the Aqua Foundation for Women, the biggest difference from those other parties is that 100 percent of the proceeds go to charity.

"It's the largest charity women's event in the country," said Schwartz. "This is a party that you can come and have an amazing time and also know that your money is going to something that matters."

Aqua Girl is the largest fundraising event for the Aqua Foundation for Women, an organization that seeks to create future LBT leaders in South Florida by providing grants, scholarships and mentoring.

"The reason it was founded was that a group of LBT women realized that we needed an organization that was run by women and focused on the needs of women," Schwartz explained. "There were a lot of great organizations in town and they do good work, but because they were mostly run by guys and funded by guys, we thought the women weren't getting their just do."

The organization began in 2004 with a scholarship program, and has grown to include the grants program and mentorship program. Funding amounts for all of its programs have also grown, in part thanks to the continued growth of Aqua Girl.

Last year the women's weekend sold 9,000 tickets and brought in women from all over the globe. That's quite an increase from the event's first year, which was attended by approximately 800 women, largely local.

"The growth is pretty exciting," Schwartz said.

In 2012, the Aqua Foundation was able to award 15 scholarships in amounts ranging from $2,500 to 5,000, and it awarded $50,000 in grants. During the past seven years it has awarded a total of more than $400,000.

"We've really expanded the type of work that we do in an effort to impact all the different types of women who exist here in South Florida as well as to broaden our support," Schwartz said.

This year, the foundation plans to introduce a leadership course. It will focus on helping women learn leadership skills that they can bring to their work in the community.

Leadership is the real goal of the foundation. All scholarship recipients also receive a mentor, which Schwartz said is a very important aspect of the program. She pointed out that for some of the women this is the first time they've met a successful LBT person, and they are able to discuss their experiences with someone who may have a better understanding because she has also faced the same challenges.

Through the grants program, the foundation has been able to fund all types of significant projects supporting women's wellness, youth empowerment, therapeutic counseling, cultural enrichment, equality and more. One of its most recent accomplishments was funding the creation of the LBT Women's Health Directory, which it expects will have a significant impact on LBT women's health, possibly even saving some women's lives.

Now the LBT women of South Florida have a place they can go to find a doctor with whom they can be completely open, honest and comfortable with, said Schwartz.

For 2013, Aqua Foundation has identified three main funding priorities, and the one that Schwartz is most excited about is its plan to begin supporting programs to help homeless LGBT youth.

Schwartz hopes the effort will help induce other organizations to join this effort.

Another 2013 funding priority is to create a conference for LBT young women on cultivating leadership, personal financial planning, health and business skills. The organization will also continue to support LBT women's physical, mental, and emotional health.

When asked what other organizations might learn from the Aqua Foundation, Schwartz said that one of the most important aspects of the Aqua Foundation is really that is it operated by women and focused on women.

"Not that we don't love the guys and don't want to be part of those other organizations, but there's not enough women who are involved in the greater community across the United States, from what I know, and I think that by establishing organizations that are by and for women you encourage more women to get involved. That's the first step," she said.

Schwartz encourages women from across the country to book their tickets for Aqua Girl and help develop future LBT leaders. She hopes that the event will sell 10,000 tickets this year.

In addition, Schwartz pointed out, "There's not a lot of places in the United States where you can go and for several days have a variety of events where you can be totally yourself and comfortable and have this awesome time and meet great people from all over the place."

Aqua Girl has not finalized its list of performers yet, but Schwartz expects that to happen sometime in late February or early March. She suggested the best way to stay abreast of event details is through Facebook. For questions, call 305-576-2782 or visit www.aquagirl.org .


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Activists cry foul on Rauner "no social agenda" ad 2014-09-12
Chuck Wolfe leaving Victory Fund 2014-09-11
Local news: Gay Indian prince, HBHC raises wages 2014-09-10
Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins at Chicago House event 2014-09-10
Inspiration for 'Scandal' at Chicago women's confab 2014-09-09
Heartland President Mohn to step down in 2015 2014-09-08
HBHC raises minimum wage for Brown Elephant employees 2014-09-05
AFC policy show; W&CHF street; lesbian mayor; Transformative Law 2014-09-03
LGBT aging: Special issue available on role of social work 2014-09-02
Judy Shepard speaks of new anti-hate initiatives at Center 2014-08-29
Attendees board 'Soul Train' at ALCC event 2014-08-27
NLJGA 2014: Diversity coverage hits and misses discussed 2014-08-24
Red Pump Project talks HIV/AIDS awareness 2014-08-20
ALMA hosts DACA renewal info session 2014-08-20
Montrose Rocks annual event faces uncertain future 2014-08-13
NOMAS members discuss men and feminist movement 2014-08-08
Bivins: State should "audit" Center on Halsted 2014-08-08
Poetry, public murals, print shop partner to build community 2014-08-07
Calendar highlights through Wed., Aug. 13 2014-08-05
Storytelling show OUTspoken! at Sidetrack Aug. 5 2014-07-30
King to speak at CFW annual luncheon 2014-07-30
'An Evening of Magic' dazzles audience, raises $5,000 2014-07-29
ICAH art installation brings beauty, social messages 2014-07-23
Out former cop speaks at Prime Timers Regional Gathering 2014-07-22
'Havana in Chicago' raises money for impoverished Cubans 2014-07-21
LGBTs Connect at Netroots Nation 2014-07-19
GLAAD celebrates leadership with new CEO Sarah Kate Ellis 2014-07-18
Wachowskis to open studio to benefit TransLife 2014-07-16
Laundry Project, Ideas Week offer free Englewood laundry day 2014-07-12
Havana in Chicago July 19 to benefit Cuba charity 2014-07-09
Em VanderLinden on social justice, gender expression 2014-07-08
NLGJA to hold national convention, LGBT summit in Chicago 2014-07-08
Activists discuss future of LGBT rights 2014-07-07
Holiday meals delivered to homebound 2014-07-05
Trans* billboard campaign launches in Chicago 2014-07-02
Prime Timers regional event July 17-20 2014-07-02
Sally Field at Lynn Sage fall luncheon Oct. 14 2014-07-02
Upcoming events through July 15 2014-07-02
Art/birdhouse auction benefits Chicago House 2014-07-01
Pride & Joy benefits Center, Hall of Fame 2014-06-27





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Agencies push state to release HIV/AIDS funds
 
Pride Films, Plays' Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts
 
Laverne Cox, Dustin Lance Black and Jason Collins at Chicago House event
 
Roosevelt doc sidesteps Eleanor's sexuality
 
ELECTIONS 2015 Openly gay candidate challenges 35th Ward's Colon
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.