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The 19th Annual Original GLBT Expo was held on March 17th & 18th, 2012. Packed with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees, the event was a success!
A message from the RDP Group:
"On behalf of the RDP Group, we want to thank our Sponsors, Exhibitors and valued attendees that participated in the 19th Original GLBT Expo."
Here are some interesting facts about this year's Expo.
23,451 people attended from 29 States and 18 Counties-this was the largest crowd in the 19 years running
The Original GLBT Expo is ranked by Crain's Business as one of the largest events held in New York City
The highest percentage age range that attended was 23-35 years old
53% of attendees were male
67% had some college to post graduate
Average income was $50,000 to $75,000
Over 60% are considering to buy a car and/or house in the next 12 months
The 2012 Gay Economic impact by the Expo exceeded $10,000,000 for New York City
Connextions Magazine highlights some of the entertainment, exhibitors and special guests:
Passion Parties is the premier sensual products, party plan company in the United States and Canada. For more than a decade, our Passion Consultants have been enhancing the sexual relationships of our clients with sensual products designed to promote intimacy and communication between couples.
Dawn Martinez, Executive Director of Passion Parties By Dawn, believes that education is the key to a successful sexual relationship. Dawn specializes in home parties and confidential consultations on the phone or in person.
Mr Gay World USA exhibited to promote the new reality series TV show "The Next American Gay."
The Mr. Gay World USA organization is working with all 12 finalists in this year's competition speaking at schools and colleges around the country about becoming socially active on issues such as marriage equality and anti-bullying.
Alyson Adventures offers award-winning adventure travel and active vacations for gay men, lesbians, and friends, in many parts of the world. We think there's no better way to travel than with a small, friendly group enjoying outdoor activities together.
Experience areas of Grand Canyon that are only found from the water, explore side canyons that hide emerald pools, hidden waterfalls, beautiful flowers and plants, and wildlife that is just as laid back as you are. Relax and enjoy sleeping under the endless tapestry of stars, eating delicious meals, and letting life on the Colorado River become part of who you are. Grand Canyon Expeditions rafting tours create memories that last a lifetime.
Alyson Adventures, together with Grand Canyon Expeditions Company promoted adventure travel and raffled off a fantastic river rafting trip in Las Vegas!
Zachary Moses, Marketing Director for Alyson Adventures, offers worldwide travel... with a gay flair!
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. exhibited to promote their New York City, Hoboken and Jersey City accommodations, which include: the westin jersey city newport hotel, westin new york at times square, manhattan at times square hotel, w hoboken, w new york times square, w new york downtown, w new york union square, w new york, sheraton new york hotel, the st. regis new york, the new york helmsley hotel.
Angela Pandolfi, Catering Sales Manager is eager to share what the Starwood line of Hotels & Resorts can do to make your special day unforgettable!
Founded by Andrew Jonas, Felipe Hernandez & Lance Gaylord, Cheer New York (Cheer NY), an all-volunteer non-profit adult cheerleading squad, made up of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Straight allies (LGBTS), has been serving the NY-NJ area since 2002 by inspiring hope and encouragement in audiences wherever we perform and raising money for people with challenging conditions and life-threatening illnesses through its “Cheer for Life” fund. Cheer NY began as a twelve-member club sport that combined cheers, gymnastics, dance and extreme acrobatic stunts at local events and performances, but in just a short decade, Cheer NY has evolved into something extraordinary: a New York-based philanthropic organization with a worldwide fan base!
Cheer NY ... Reaching new heights with love, spirit, strength and understanding. Cheer Loud... Cheer Proud!
After graduating from The French Culinary Institute in December 2004, Jen Roberts, Pastry Chef & Owner, started handcrafting cakes & chocolates for friends, family & coworkers, and Sweet Element was born! Based out of East Orange, New Jersey, the 1,000 sf commercial kitchen offers free tastings, such as the delicious choices offered at the Expo!
NYC up & out!
Gay Pride happens everyday in NYC with new and exciting events popping up daily, this website is specifically designed to provide the GLBT community with a convenient way to receive information about events and activities that are entertaining or useful or relevant to the diversity of the gay community in New York.
Dvorah Stoll, Publisher, says "Always be UP on all that's OUT!
Beverly May, Founder & CEO, introduces MiniDates. The first service to arrange real in-person dates for you- with the exact people you want to meet- exactly when and where you're free! We send you low-key dates by text or email. Just accept & meet!
Beverly states "Chemistry can't be judged online. Try Meeting."
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