May 9, 2017 – On Friday, May 5 at the CIC Innovation Space in Miami, the Aqua Foundation for Women (AFW) the only organization solely focused on serving the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida, presented its 2017 Ally Award to Lamell McMorris, CEO of Perennial Strategy Group and Perennial Sports, and founding principal of Greenlining Realty USA, for his tireless support of AFW and its causes.
The Aqua Ally Awards are held each year in recognition of those who stand with AFW to fight for the advancement of equality for the LGBTQ community. In addition to McMorris, the Foundation recognized the Reverend Willie Allen-Faiella of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove, Florida for her support and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.
“Aqua Foundation is only able to do the work we do with the support of a larger community. This includes allies who are dedicated to standing with us. I cannot think of two more deserving people to be recognized for their ‘allyship’ than Lamell or Pastor Willie. Through donations of time, support, guidance, and financial assistance, both Lamell and Pastor Willie have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and the caring and support of others. I am honored that we were able to recognize them this year,” stated AFW Executive Director Caitlin Wood.
As AFW Founder Robin Schwartz presented McMorris with his award, she explained to those in attendance, “Lamell shows up. He cares deeply about injustice and puts his money and muscle where his mouth is. He has been incredibly successful in his professional life and uses that success to make an incredible difference in the lives of so many—not just in his own community but in communities facing oppression and experiencing injustice.”
McMorris, when accepting his award, reminded the audience of the words of Dr. King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The Aqua Ally Awards were made possible in part by generous contributions from Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables, Ann McGowan CPA, Jackson Health, SAVE, Care Resource, Absolut, Seasons 52 and the Pareto Arguello Family. In addition to the awards reception, AFW will kick-off its annual Aqua Girl event on May 18 which will draw women from all over the world and will raise money to support the Foundation’s efforts.