The Rainbow Business Coalition of Greater Fort Lauderdale (RBC) has ceased operations. During our three plus year history, we focused on building a united and common voice for the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT community. It's a honor for us to have represented this great community.
We strengthened our community's relationship with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Associations annual convention including the development of a welcome guide and a festival in Wilton Manors for all of the attendees. We published the first ever FabGuide, our Official Travel Guide to Greater Fort Lauderdale and we also produced the 2012 and 2013 Stonewall Summer Pride two day festival as well as the 2012 Wicked Wilton event.
We hope during our time we built bridges, developed relationships and presented events that will have a lasting effect on the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT community as whole and will help to build economic growth for all of our LGBT owned businesses.
As a volunteer based, not for profit organization, our achievements were not because the RBC did it, it's because of the countless volunteers that made it all happen. From the Board of Directors to the volunteers who worked through tropical storm Debby to make the 2012 Stonewall Summer Pride Festival the success that it was, all of our achievements could not have come to fruition without the countless hours dedicated by these individuals.
The Board of Directors made the decision to dissolve the RBC due to the lack of manpower to sustain our operations. Health and other personal issues plagued the Board during the last year and required several people to resign because they could no longer devote the necessary hours to the organization. We will miss serving all of you in this capacity but will continue to support making Greater Fort Lauderdale a top LGBT community and global LGBT destination.