Melbourne business group the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Business Enterprise (GLOBE) will kick up its heels to celebrate its 20th birthday this weekend.

A gala dinner will be held on Saturday, February 4, 6.30pm, at the ANZ Pavilion, Victorian Arts Centre.

Former Australian Medical Association head Professor Kerryn Phelps, former Big Brother contestant Farmer Dave Graham and Melbourne jazz musician Jade Leonard will lead celebrations.

GLOBE president Peter Stephenson said he was looking forward to the night to celebrate the group’s achievements over the last two decades.

“For the past 20 years GLOBE has provided a place for professionals to network, meet with like-minded people and, most importantly, have fun,” Stephenson said.

“A lot of work from our members, both past and present, has gone into building GLOBE and we are looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate this milestone.”

GLOBE was set up during the 1992 Midsumma Festival when 16 people attended a meeting to form a business group specifically for the LGBTI community.

GLOBE has grown from a small social group to a respected community organisation, and still offers networking opportunities for members to meet other businesspeople in the LGBTI community.The group has always had a diverse membership base — business owners, career professionals, students, consultants, retirees and anyone with a general interest in business.

Over the years, through its community grants scheme, GLOBE has donated more than $25,000 to LGBTI community initiatives that would otherwise remain unfunded.

GLOBE is always looking for new members and holds regular monthly social events and breakfast meetings with guest speakers. It next meets socially on February 16 at 3 Degrees at the QV Centre, Lonsdale St.


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