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ANNUAL REPORT FY 2015-2016 A summary of season highlights and financial performance

TO OUR SUPPORTERS Contents Season Highlights


Audience Reach


Operational Highlights


Financial Highlights______________________________________________________________ 3 Looking Ahead__________________________________________________________________4 Audited Financials




Company Information





Dear Supporters of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida: It gives me great pleasure to present to you our first annual report. The 2015-2016 season was truly an important year for the Chorus. We saw some people go, while at the same time welcomed exciting new faces to our Chorus and our staff. We also took stock in the audience surveys we’ve received and made a shift in our artistic direction as a Chorus. These are tremendous risks for any nonprofit to take, yet these risks have paid off. The Chorus has emerged as a stronger, more vibrant and more relevant force in the cultural tapestry of South Florida. Thank you for joining us in this exciting evolution. Through your thoughtful input received in person or by survey…you’ve expressed your interests and your affection for this amazing Chorus. Your financial support has kept us strong and allowed us to reach more people by the end of our sixth season than we ever imagined possible. Inside this report, is information that demonstrates how your dollars are spent and how the organization itself fared in its art and in its community outreach. I simply could not look back on this past season without commenting on the unspeakable tragedy in Orlando. This horrific act occurred in the wee hours of the morning just following our final performance of our June concert, Love and Marriage. We were basking in the warm glow of celebrating the advances made by the LGBT community, only to awaken to a harsh reality that we still have so much work to do. I am so proud of the men of the Chorus who rose to the occasion to sing and give voice to our community’s hurt, as well as to our determination to move forward and overcome hate. The mission and vision of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida has always been to inspire through music, opening minds and changing hearts through the power of song. Now more than ever, we are reinvigorated in that purpose. We look forward to an amazing 2016- 2017 with you.

Mark B. Kent Executive Director

OUR 2015 – 2016 SEASON SEASON HIGHLIGHTS The 2015-2016 was a pivotal year for the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. Artistically, there were several points of note:  

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The transition from our founding Artistic Director & Conductor, Gordon Roberts, to our new one, Harold Dioquino A shift in the artistic product to include content which more greatly reflects LGBT issues and song selections which have greater recognition for our audiences A change to our new principal accompanist Christopher Toth A performance as invited guest artists on the Live at Lynn! series at Lynn University in Boca Raton The first stand-alone concert by GMCSF’s smaller ensemble, Tropical Wave A casual sing-a-long concert with guest artist Lady Bunny Participation by the Chorus in numerous events responding to the Orlando shooting tragedy Performance as invited guests of South Florida Master Chorale for concert at New World Center Invited to perform in Florida Atlantic University’s concert production of South Pacific

Harold Dioquino, Artistic Director & Conductor

While the Chorus has had several “moving pieces” in conjunction with its core artistic product, the outcomes produced for the season reflect the institution successfully navigated changes, emerging strongly. Mainstage Season

Time to Love, December 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2015 at Sunshine Cathedral Love American Style, March 18 & 19, 2016 at Sunshine Cathedral Love and Marriage, June 10 & 11, 2016 at Sunshine Cathedral

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OUR 2015 – 2016 SEASON Additional Concerts Season of Love, December 9, 2015 at Wold Performing Arts Center – Lynn University What’s Love Got to Do with It?, February 20, 2016, Sunshine Cathedral Wizard of Odds, May 14, 2016 at Sunshine Cathedral Joint concert with South Florida Master Chorale, New World Center, June 2, 2016 South Pacific with Florida Atlantic University, June 26, 2016 Community Concerts Tropical Wave – Community Performances Poverello Bow-A-Thon, National Anthem, August 15, 2015 Strikers Soccer Game, National Anthem, April 23, 2016 Vigil for Orlando, The Pride Center at Equality Park, June 12, 2016 City of Fort Lauderdale - United with Orlando, Parker Playhouse, June 17, 2016 Our Fund’s Memorial at the Museum, NSU Museum of Art, June 19, 2016

Total Audience Reach 2015-2016


OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s operation realized strong growth and operating strength during the 2015-2015 season. Highlights include:

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The first full year under the management of full-time Executive Director, Mark Kent The transition to a new Director of Development, Michael Mendillo on January 1, 2016 Budget growth of 12.7 % from fiscal year 2014-2015 Funding growth of 14% from fiscal year 2014-2015, including 80 new donors

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Friends of Felicia – A grassroots funding campaign for donors of any amount Magic of Music Gala Brunch on January 17, 2016 doubled its earnings

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GMCSF invited to join leadership group of the nation’s top 12 LGBT choral groups GMCSF announced as a winner of the 2015 Knight Arts Challenges by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Election of new Board Members George Castrataro, Marianne Pink, Pat Seddon and Jason Cooke Implementation of a comprehensive, web-based Chorus management platform, “Chorus Connection”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS Annually, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida engages the firm of Robbins & Landino to audit the institution’s finances. The 2015-2016 audit yielded a report that GMCSF is fiscally sound. The operating budget continues to grow, yet the institution is able to generate sufficient revenue to support growth. There were no discrepancies found in the organization’s operation and management is solid.

FY 16 Income = $541,472 $32,225, 6% $25,975, 5% $23,308, 4% Contributions Admissions Ad

$137,2 47, 25%

$322,717, 60%

Sales Member Dues Other

FY 16 Expenses = $544,314 Including Depreciation


Program Services General & Administrative




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OUR 2015 – 2016 SEASON LOOKINGAHEAD With the Chorus’s emergence from such a transitional year, comes a new energy for the group to reach its fullest potential. 

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Plans have been developed to expand the Chorus’s performances to community-based venues which will expand the number of audience members we reach and allow us to take our art to new communities. Youth programming has been explored with two new exciting pilot programs in the works. New artistic talent in our guest artists and on our artistic team is bringing fresh ideas to our group. Enhanced donor benefits and expanded sponsorship opportunities are soon to be announced.

Overall, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is setting its path to reach a vision of becoming the leading gay men’s chorus in the nation, shaping the future of the choral experience through innovation and excellence.

2015-2016 CHORUS OFFICERS Michael Valdez, BJ Albright, Wayne Schubnel, Mark McCullough, Randy Washburn, Bill Spinosa, Gary Corbitt, Kevin Fortney, Tony Corrente. Not pictured: Rick Vaughan, Gerry Kennedy

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AUDITED FINANCIALS Independent Auditor’s Report Board of Directors Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Inc. We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Inc. (a non-profit organization), which comprise the statement of financial position as of June 30, 2016, and the related statements of activities and cash flows for the year then ended, and the related notes to the financial statements.

Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the risk of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity's preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity's internal control. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, Inc. as of June 30, 2016, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Certified Public Accountants

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Statement of Financial Position June 30, 2016 Assets Current Assets

Cash Grants Receivable Pledges Receivable Accounts Receivable Prepaid Expenses Deposit Total Current Assets


Non-Current Assets Restricted Cash Grants Receivable Property and Equipment Total Non-Current Assets

170,460 22,400 7,670 2,936 100,868 800 305, 134

18,500 10,000 31,052 59,552 $ 364,686

Total Assets Liabilities and Net Assets Current Liabilities

Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses Unearned Revenue


Total Liabilities

44,027 52,916 96,943

Net Assets

Unrestricted Board Designated Total Unrestricted


Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted Total Net Assets

20,000 18,500 267,743

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

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170,108 59,135




Statement of Activities For the Year Ended June 30, 2016 Unrestricted Net Assets Public Support and Revenues

Contributions Performance Revenues Program Advertisements Membership Dues Merchandise Sales Member Event Miscellaneous Net Assets Released from Restrictions Total Public Support and Revenues

Expenses Program General and Administrative Fundraising Total Expenses Change in Unrestricted Net Assets


312,717 137,247 23,308 25,975 1,106 28,382 2,737 10,000 541 472

387,403 72,880 84,031 544 314 (2,842)

Temporarily Restricted Net Assets

Net Assets Released from Restriction Change in Temporarily Restricted Net Assets

(10,000) (10,000)

Permanently Restricted Net Assets Change in Permanently Restricted Net Assets Change in Net Assets Net Assets, Beginning of Year Net Assets, End of Year

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($12,842) 280,585 $267,743

PEOPLE Through June 30, 2016 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR /CONDUCTOR: Harold Dioquino PRINCIPAL ACCOMPANIST: Chris Toth BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHORUS LEADERSHIP TEAM Douglas Pew, Chairman President: Bill Spinosa Anthony Alacca Vice President: Rick Vaughan George Castrataro Secretary/ Vice President of Communications: Gary Corbitt Don Croxton Treasurer: Gerry Kennedy Gerry Kennedy Immediate Past President: Dennis St. Jean Peter Kimball Vice President of Membership: BJ Albright George Kling Vice President of Marketing/Public Relations: Randy Albert LaMorges Washburn Charlie Nicoll Vice President of Production/Logistics: Wayne Mimi Pink Schubnel Pat Seddon Tenor One Administrator: Antonio Corrente Harvey Shapiro Tenor Two Administrator: Kevin Fortney Bill Spinosa Baritone Administrator: Mark McCullough Dennis St. Jean Bass Administrator: Michael Valdez Richard T. Vaughan _____________________________________________________________________________ CHORUS STAFF Executive Director: Mark Kent Director of Development: Michael Mendillo Office Manager/Book Keeper: Doug Leib _____________________________________________________________________________ PRODUCTION TEAM Assistant Marketing and Public Relations Manager: Kewan Smith Choreographer: Scott Hindley Photographer: Ginny Dixon Webmaster: Jay Johnson Technical Team: David Hart, Kurt Litzenberger, Tyler Council Stage/Production Manager: James Smith Volunteer Coordinator: Tom Begert-Clark ASL Interpreters: Lew Balaban, Karen Dougherty

_______________________________________________________________________ 2015-2016 MEMBERS OF THE GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF SOUTH FLORIDA TENOR ONE Marcos Acosta Steven Begert-Clark Bob Blount Rodney Bolton George Brown Patrick Brune Christopher Colbert Page 8

Antonio Corrente Alex Crotts Elijah Davis Tom Dula Doug Ferguson Vince Getz Matthew Hoover

PEOPLE TENOR ONE (continued) Mykal Lawrence Kurt Litzenberger Bernard Mallon Kenneth Pope Brian Prenda Tommie Saeli TENOR TWO Anthony Alacca Bruce Anderson Brian Barefield Tom Bates Milton Boles Larry Buseck Bert Cohen Steven Collins Kevin Fortney Darnell Frazier Walter Gardner Patt Gavin Fred Greenblatt Rick Heal Dean Hitsos Andrew Jimenez Warren Johnson John Klomp Peter Konrath BARITONE Michael Anthony Bob Artale Robert Benson Santiago Bownes John Catenaci Armando Cerezo Martin Childers Christopher Chouinard Ian Cohen Gary Corbitt Drew Corey Thomas Cusack Walter Dickey Michael Farris Shane Faullin Page 9

Wayne Schubnel Jake Skarin Boggy Wang Preston Watkins Skip White Fred Wilson-Portillo

David R. Littlefield A. Ray Lockley David J Lombardi James Mitchell Anthony J. Molluso Dan Pine Eduardo Pinto Steven Piper Carmen Roccia Anthony Saracino Brent Simmons James Smith Robert Smith Dennis St. Jean Johann Torres Eric Wood Eric Zeigler Randy Zinkus

Joseph Fletcher Tim Garrison David Gray Paul Guariglia Charles Hood Stephen Kaplan Michael Kennis Jim Kiselica John Lewis John Makos Mark Mattson Adam Mayfield Mark McCullough Don Mills Philip Morris

PEOPLE BARITONE (continued) Charles Nicoll Skip (George) Panse Tim Richardson Charles Robinson Leo Rodriguez Elvin Ruiz David Simson BASS BJ Albright Gregg Bennett Brian Boyle John Burch Arthur Caponi Joseph Cappiello Mun Wye Chng Jack Crowley Donald Croxton Richard Ellis Sven Englund Joe Feliciano James Ficke Felix Fidelibus Jim Gensel Jimmy Fulgham Denny Hamann Scott Hindley Terry Hirsh Bradley Johnson Gerry Kennedy Greg Landburg Jerry Levy Jim Lopresti Bert Lutomski Tom Malone Alan McKnight

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Bill Spinosa Michael Still Josel Suarez David Van Cleaf Rick Vaughan German Villalobos

Charles F. Merk Thomas Michalak Bob Miller John Olson Juan Perez Jason Pitt Bob Rose Sebastian Salvo Kewan Smith Tim Taylor Don Tomasello Michael Valdez Steven Van Wie Charlie Walter Randy Washburn Aubrey Williams




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Company Information Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Inc. Tel 954.763.2266 Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Inc. is a 501(C)3 charitable organization. Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Inc., registration # ch33334, is registered with the state under the Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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PEOPLE The tremendous success of the 2015-2016 season was made possible by supporters who are passionate about changing the world one song at a time. We are extremely grateful to the following visionaries.

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