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Stoli® Vodka Honors the Legacy of LGBTQ Bartenders in the Movement for Equality, Kicks Off Fourth Annual Key West Cocktail Classic Competition

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

PR Newswire
Stoli® Vodka Honors the Legacy of LGBTQ Bartenders in the Movement for Equality, Kicks Off Fourth Annual Key West Cocktail Classic Competition
Mar 01, 2017, 08:57 ET

4-27-2013 3-29-19 AM

NEW YORK, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/—Today, Stoli® Group USA, LLC in partnership with the Key West Business Guild, is returning to New York to kick off the world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition, the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic. Now in its fourth year, the competition will feature more contestants, participating cities and charitable donations than ever before.

In addition to recognizing the talents of the industry’s top LGBTQ bartenders, the Cocktail Classic celebrates the role that gay bars have played in the movement towards equality as original community centers. The competition will culminate in Key West, FL, a diverse and accepting city with a thriving LGBTQ community.

The world’s largest annual LGBTQ cocktail competition, The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, returns for its fourth year, showcasing the creativity and talent of mixologists and bartenders in the LGBTQ community. Seventeen regional finalists will compete for the 2017 Cocktail Classic Champion title at the Grand Finale during Key West Pride 2017.
The world’s largest annual LGBTQ cocktail competition, The Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, returns for its fourth year, showcasing the creativity and talent of mixologists and bartenders in the LGBTQ community. Seventeen regional finalists will compete for the 2017 Cocktail Classic Champion title at the Grand Finale during Key West Pride 2017.
The Fourth Annual Key West Cocktail Classic finale is generously being hosted and judged by actor and musician, Jai Rodriguez, and past as well as returning celebrity judges include president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk; writer and Emmy Award-winner, Bruce Vilanch; American Idol’s Latoya London; fashion designer and nightlife personality Andrew Christian; and Key West’s drag queen star, Sushi.

“Every year we look forward to bringing together the people, charities and business that make up our extraordinary LGBTQ community,” said Patrik Gallineaux, Stoli’s National LGBTQ Ambassador and Brand Manager. “While our mission is to recognize the most talented and innovative bartenders, community will always be at the heart of Cocktail Classic. It has been a privilege to support and grow together over the years.”

A maximum of six LGBTQ trade staff and/or allies from 17 cities across North America will be selected to create an original cocktail using Stoli Vodka as their primary ingredient. A panel of judges and 100 eligible audience members will evaluate each cocktail based on taste, balance and presentation, as well as each bartender’s authenticity, knowledge, and creativity in presentation and performance.

The finalist from each regional competition will win a six-day, all-inclusive trip to participate in a week of events and celebratory entertainment culminating in the grand finale during Key West Pride 2017. In addition to being named the 2017 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion, the winner of the final event will ride in the Key West Pride Parade as Honorary Grand Marshall and receive:

$12,500 grand prize for a pre-selected charity of his/her choice;
a victory celebration and charity check presentation at champion’s home bar hosted by Stoli Vodka;
and an all-expense paid exclusive Stoli Vodka destination event
The first runner up to the 2017 Champion will also receive $2,500 for their chosen charity.

“Stoli’s work through the Key West Cocktail Classic is an example of how companies can use their resources to make a difference both large and small,” stated Matt Hon, Executive Director of the Key West Business Guild. “From the charitable monetary donations to general awareness, the Cocktail Classic has significantly impacted our local community by becoming a destination event for the city of Key West. In 2016, we saw tourism and revenue increase by 20-percent on the island during Pride!”

The 2017 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Tour Schedule:

Kick Off: New York, NY: Boxers – March 1
Dallas, TX: Round-Up Saloon – March 6
San Diego, CA: Rich’s – March 22
Los Angeles, CA: The Abbey – March 25
Denver, CO: Hamburger Mary’s – March 27
Atlanta, GA: Swinging Richards – March 30
Miami, FL: Score – April 5
New Orleans, LA: Oz – April 12
Philadelphia, PA: Franky Bradley’s – April 18
Washington, D.C.: Nellie’s Sports Bar – April 24
Chicago, IL: Sidetrack – April 26
Dayton, OH: MJ’s on Jefferson – May 1
Boston, MA: Club Cafe – May 4
Toronto, ON: Gladstone Hotel – May 11
Portland, OR: CC Slaughters – May 16
Vancouver, BC: Numbers Cabaret – May 18
Northern California (San Francisco): Club 21 – May 22
Finale: Key West, FL: Bourbon St. Pub– June 10
Last year’s Champion, Rocky Collins from the Round-Up in Dallas proudly competed for DIFFA/Dallas and which raises funds for organizations that support education programs, treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by HIV and AIDS. Rocky also won a matching $5,000 donation to the Wesley House Family Services in Key West, an organization he represented on behalf of the Key West Business Guild. Rocky’s winning cocktail and presentation best embodied the spirit of the Key West community and the heart of the competition. Named ‘The Key West Kitty Kat,’ Rocky’s original Stoli cocktail is made with 2 oz. Stoli Vanil, 2 oz. coconut simple syrup, 1.5 oz. pineapple juice, 0.5 oz. key lime juice, coconut cream, grenadine, cinnamon and garnished with a pineapple slice and served over ice.

For more information about the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic including how to apply, rules, guidelines and the full schedule of events, visit http://www.out.com/keywestcocktailclassic.

About Key West Business Guild

The mission of the Key West Business Guild is to promote LGBTQ travel to Key West through marketing and the promotion of specialty events; to support gay-owned, gay-managed, and gay-friendly businesses; to strengthen the Gay community’s position within the local community by supporting relevant LGBTQ issues. The KWBG was founded in 1978 by 8 local gay business owners and has grown to approximately 400 members, which work together to continue efforts to brighten the rainbow over the island, an island now known as Gay Key West. Promotion of events, such as Key West Pride, Tropical Heat and Womenfest, has made Key West a year-round LGBTQ travel destination. For more information visit www.kwbgonline.org.

About Stoli Group, USA
Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Stoli Group USA is a subsidiary of SPI Group based out of Luxemburg, one of the world’s most dynamic wine and spirits organizations. Formed in 2013, Stoli Group USA’s current portfolio of brands includes the Stolichnaya® brand of premium vodkas and Stoli Ginger Beer, ultra-premium elit®Vodka, Louisiana-distilled Bayou® Rum, artfully designed KAH® Tequila, Achaval-Ferrer™ from Argentina, and Arinzano wines of Spain.

Media Contact:
Patrick Rizzuto
Golin for Stoli Group, USA
T. +1 212.373.6015
PRizzuto@golin.com

Bruce Vilanch To Be Judge At Second Annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

4-27-2013 3-49-54 AM

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/—Stoli® Vodka, in partnership with the Key West Business Guild, today announced its second annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic – North America’s largest annual LGBT cocktail competition. The mix-off sees bartenders showcase their skill and ingenuity as they battle to be crowned the 2015 Cocktail Classic Champion at the Grand Finale during Key West Pride 2015.

Using Stoli Vodka as their primary ingredient, participants in 14 cities across North America will create an original cocktail for a panel of local celebrity judges, who will evaluate the drinks on uniqueness, taste and appearance. Aside from being crowned the 2015 Cocktail Classic Champion, the winner will ride in the Key West Pride Parade as the Honorary Grand Marshall and receive $5,000 for a LGBT or LGBT-friendly charity of their choice.

“It is an honor to host the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, North America’s largest annual LGBT cocktail competition,” said Patrik Gallineaux, the national LGBT Ambassador for Stoli. “Our community’s hard-working nightlife professionals often do not receive the recognition they deserve. It is amazing to see what our nation’s bartenders can do with their imagination, their cocktail shaker and Stoli THE Vodka!”

In partnership with the Key West Business Guild, an organization of LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses in Key West, the competition will be hosted by Gallineaux and TV personality Jai Rodriguez. It will also feature a panel of celebrity judges including clothing designer Andrew Christian; legendary funnyman Bruce Vilanch; actress and singer LaToya London; and Key West personality and star of the annual New Year’s Eve High Heel Drop, Sushi.

“The LGBT community has some of the most inventive bartenders in the country,” said Matt Hon, executive director of the Key West Business Guild. “Through the Key West Cocktail Classic, they’re getting the opportunity to showcase their creativity and put a spotlight on the community. Key West, especially during Pride week, is the perfect stage to recognize them and the contributions they make to nightlife.”

The cocktail classic will take place at 14 events in the following participating cities:


  • DallasMarch 2

  • Los AngelesMarch 15

  • DenverMarch 30

  • Miami/Fort LauderdaleApril 6

  • New YorkApril 9

  • ChicagoApril 15

  • Washington D.C.April 20

  • San DiegoApril 23

  • PhiladelphiaMay 5

  • TorontoMay 7

  • BostonMay 12

  • VancouverMay 14

  • SeattleMay 17

  • San FranciscoMay 27

  • Key West (Finale) – June 13

A maximum of seven bartenders will be selected to participate in each local event. For more information about the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic including how to apply, rules, guidelines and the full schedule of events, visit www.gaycities.com/cocktailclassic.

Photo: “The Last 70mm Film Festival”

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Stars Come Out for “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”


A night of comedy legends ushered in the Academy’s six-film “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday nights with the July 9, 2012 screening of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Familiar faces from in front of and behind camera appeared on the Samuel Goldwyn Theater stage to salute the comedy epic, giving the audience a laugh-filled dose of pure hilarity and vintage Hollywood class.

Bruce Vilanch Takes In A Screening Of IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD At “The Last 70mm Film Festival” Series

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Bruce Vilanch Special Guest At Shreveport’s 3rd Annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Shreveport Times
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival passes now on sale
Aug. 16, 2011

Festival passes for the 3rd Annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival are now on sale.

The festival, presented by People Acting for Change and Equality, is set for Sept. 16-22 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport, featuring celebrity guest Bruce Vilanch.

The festival pass is $95 and includes admission to the opening reception with Vilanch on Sept. 16; the opening screening of “Get Bruce” featuring an introduction before and discussion after with Vilanch; a stand-up comedy performance with Vilanch on Sept. 17; and screenings of “Undertow,” “Wish Me Away,” “Hollywood to Dollywood,” “Leave it on the Floor,” “The Will Be Done” and a collection of original short films.

Panel discussions will follow one screening of “Gen Silent” and “They Will Be Done” and executive producers and lead actors of “Hollywood to Dollywood” will attend the closing night of the festival on Sept. 22.

Festival passes can be purchased online at www.robinsonfilmcenter.org, by phone at 459-412 or at the box office at 617 Texas St., Shreveport. Individual tickets will go on sale Aug. 29.

Visit the festival website at www.nlgff.org for more information.

Bruce Vilanch To Be Celebrity Guest At The PACE Annual Film Festival

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Shreveport Times

PACE announces third annual film festival


People Acting for Change and Equality’s 3rd Annual North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is set for Sept. 16-22 at the Robinson Film Center


7:23 PM, Aug. 5, 2011

People Acting for Change and Equality’s third annual North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is set for Sept. 16-22 at the Robinson Film Center.

This year’s celebrity guest will be Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy winner and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after comedy writers, best known as a celebrity panelist and head writer for “Hollywood Squares.”

Opening night will kick off Sept. 16 with a reception featuring Vilanch, where he will introduce his film “Get Bruce,” followed by a question-and-answer discussion. Vilanch will perform a stand-up act on Sept. 17.

“Hollywood to Dollywood” executive producers, lead actors Mike Bowen and identical twins Gary and Larry Lane, will close out the film festival on Sept. 22 with a question-and-answer discussion, followed by a Dolly-themed after-party hosted by The Korner Lounge.

Other films during the week-long festival include “Undertow,” “Wish Me Away,” “Hollywood to Dollywood,” “Leave it on the Floor,” “Gen Silent,” “Thy Will Be Done” and a collection of original submission short films.

Panel discussions will follow some films.

A pre-festival event will be held Sept. 15 at minicine.

Festival passes and individual tickets will go on sale Aug. 15 at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St., Shreveport. Tickets will also be available by phone at 459-4122 and online at www.rob

insonfilmcenter.org.

Contact Bryan Sullivan at hairchem@aol


.com before Monday to become a sponsor.

Visit www.nlglff.org for more film festival


information.