LGBT tourism professional networking event for a cause

TORONTO – Toronto’s first JUST beCAUSE networking event for LGBT travel and tourism professionals and allies will be held June 16 beginning at 5:30pm at the Berkeley Bi

TORONTO — Toronto’s first JUST beCAUSE networking event for LGBT travel and tourism professionals and allies will be held June 16 beginning at 5:30pm at the Berkeley Bicycle Club. 

JUST beCAUSE is a quarterly event that brings Toronto’s LGBT tourism professionals together for evenings of networking while giving back and supporting LGBT organizations across Canada. 

Co-founders Armando Mendonça and Darrell Schuurman wanted to bring LGBT tourism professionals together for evenings of networking and socializing, but thought it could be more than an event “just for the fun of it.”

“We wanted to give back to the community,” said Schuurman in a release. “It’s LGBT tourism networking with a cause.”

Each JUST beCAUSE networking event supports a different LGBT organization. Dollars raised will be donated to help in the efforts and activities of those LGBT organizations that continue to work tirelessly and fight for the LGBT community in Canada.

“We are excited to be hosting our first event on June 16, where we are supporting the Egale Centre, a transitional and emergency housing facility exclusively dedicated to LGBTIQ2S youth,” said Mendonça. “This is an important cause, and we are so pleased to be able to support them in their efforts.”

DJ Matty Ryce will be providing the music for the evening. Attendees will have an opportunity to win a trip to Vienna, where partners Vienna Tourist Board, Austrian Airlines and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have donated the seven-night trip as part of a multiple Pride event draw.

The first JUST beCAUSE event is open to all LGBT travel and tourism professionals and allies.  There is no cost to attend, but people are encouraged to make a donation to the Egale Centre. 

People can register for the event at www.justbecause2016.ca.