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Hey there, Islanders! 

This is a constantly evolving email blast, and we're excited to share another addition to The Islander -- our "Meet Your Neighbor" feature. Each week, we'll be sharing mini profiles of people who work, play or live in the Wilton Manors area Check out our first profile, of Patrick A. Harris. 

We hope you enjoy, and we're always looking for leads and suggestions to bring together our community.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor

Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Patrick A. Harris

By Mary Rasura

Courtesy photo.

Patrick A. Harris is the works as the Director of Major Gifts for United Way of Broward County. He worked previously as the Vice President and COO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. 

“I think the fact that I'm an out executive makes a big impact, to know that people in my previous life can be actively involved with the city of Fort Lauderdale, currently now with United Way of Broward County and openly be out with my husband and do what I do and it's accepted,” Harris said. “I think that is a major talking point because you don't have to hide in the closet down here, it gives more visibility to our community.” 

Harris is also the chair of the Wilton Manors Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The board reviews art in public places and focuses on upgrading and bringing people into the parks. He is also a board member at the Center for Great Apes, where they rescue chimpanzees and orangutans that were used in entertainment research or were part of the exotic pet trade. Finally, he is a board member of the Tower Forum, a non-partisan group that hosts discussions on a multitude of topics such as but not limited to the government, economy, education and arts. 

He is married to his husband Wesley, with whom he has two cats and two dogs. Harris also likes to sing karaoke and shoot pool in his free time. 

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Weekly Events

TODAY: Jazzercise

It's not the '80s, but Jazzercise is still in! Get your groove on with this fun workout at the Island City Cultural Center from 9 to 10 a.m. and again from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

WED: Wilton Hotel & Pool Club Info Session 

Have you heard the news of a proposal for a new hotel in Wilton Manors? Join community members in a meeting with the developers to learn more about the project and share your opinion.

THURS: "God's Own Country" 

Following the theme of "love and independence" this July, the Stonewall museum is screening a movie about a sheep farmer who has lost his way, drowning his sorrows in alcohol and meaningless sex. That is, until he meets a Romanian migrant worker.

FRI: RuPaul's Aura Mayari Live

Fans of "RuPaul's Drag Race" will want to be at Hamburger Mary's this Friday and Saturday, as season 15 alum Aura Mayari will making her way to the stage.

SAT: Pottery & Pints

Love beer and pottery? The unlikely duo come together at 26 Degrees Brewing in Pompano Beach, where you'll make your own coffee mug from clay and enjoy a pint (or two) while you're at it.

Job Opportunities

Bank Teller -- Wilton Manors

Wells Fargo is hiring a teller to process transactions, operational and customer service tasks, receive direction from managers, and other tasks in this 20-hour-per-week job.

Auto Employee -- Wilton Manors

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Members can earn a maximum of two $50 Best Western gift cards.


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