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“Oh the times, they are a-changin’”: these prophetic words of folk singer Bob Dylan couldn’t have rung more true in the celebration of equal love and rights in 2015. With the United States Supreme Court officially enshrining same-sex marriages as constitutionally acceptable, we are reinvigorated for what lies ahead. In spite of some hurdles and challenges to this ruling, we are confident that the fight for equal love (and the recognition of it) will overcome any and all obstacles. Still, we must continue our commitments to one another, to our community that still struggles for equality in all aspects of social life, including adoption rights, nationwide hate crime legislation, among other issues that are still just as important to us as ever before.
As we come together as brothers, we celebrate, in earnest, the right of everyone to freely identify and explore as they see fit in a world that often demands a certain type of behavior or lifestyle. Recognizing these accomplishments and challenges, we go forward with excitement for the upcoming gathering this July 14-17th 2016 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Orlando by SeaWorld.
In the years before, our gatherings have been a tremendous success. Young and old alike are able to enjoy each other’s company in a safe, fun, and comforting environment. The purpose of this celebration is to support each other in our daily lives as we confront different challenges, but also to reignite what it means to us in being a source of undying friendship and love. As people’s attitudes continue to change for the better, we look upon this time as a reflection of how far we have come not only as a community, but as a society that is better today than before.
Join us for a series of contests, poolside fun, and loads of entertainment, and musical guests and leave that world you know behind for a getaway weekend of your life. The only regret you should have is not getting registered soon enough!
Each year presents us with this dazzling opportunity to be ourselves in joyous spirits. Each of us are the most important aspect of each other and this is why we organize events like this: for families and friends to make new connections, express themselves freely, and support each other in bond-forming ways. We look forward to another year of fun because there is nothing more momentous or earth-rattling than being our true selves.
WHAT IS THE CELEBRATION?
Our yearly conventions are "Celebrations" of the mature gay man. We are a registered 501(c)4 non-profit organization.
ACOF MISSION STATEMENT: To provide warm, comfortable, safe and engaging gatherings recognizing and promoting self-worth, dignity, kindness and friendships within our senior population. To that end, we strive not only to host celebrations of our seniors, but family type reunions of our friends and brothers through supportive connections within our nationwide and international scope.
HOW, WHEN, WHERE?
Our next A Celebration of Friends weekend will be held this July 14 - 17 of 2016 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld located at 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821, USA. To reserve your hotel room at the 2016 Celebration please call +1-407-352-1100 or click here.
Celebration Tickets: To book your entrance for the 2016 Celebration, click here.
Hotel Rooms: To reserve your hotel room at the 2016 Celebration, click here or call +1-407-352-1100.
Our next A Celebration of Friends weekend will be held this July 14 - 17 of 2016. To book your entrance for the 2016 Celebration, click here
Our 2015 Celebration is over and has proven to be the best one yet.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their visit and time with our special guest Ed Asner along with the entertainment provided by The Orlando Gay Men's Chorus, the Madonna impersonator and the group Beatlebeat.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the screenings of Flavio Alves' "Tom in America" (flavioalves.com).
The documentary of one of our most beloved ACOF founders, Father John J. McNeill's "Taking A Chance on God" (www.johnjmcneill.com) was also well received. Father John and Charlie Chiarelli weren't able to make the Celebration due to illness. However, here's a picture of John and Charlie celebrating the good Father's 90th birthday last week.
Many attendees left with some great shirts and swim trunks from our vendor, Bearwear (bearwearpalmsprings.com).
We have also received some great comments on private pool time and visits to the theme parks.
Thank you for attending this year's Celebration and allowing us to share time with you, while creating new memories and experiences.
Please Note: The Orlando DoubleTree Hotel is under new ownership and currently undergoing renovation. Consequently, at this time we are unsure of the date of the next Celebration. However, we have received many invitations to host the Celebration in several different cities: Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Palm Springs and San Diego.
Along with that, we need more input from you:
Either send your answers by replying to this email, or by going to the ACOF website and then answering the survey.
The 2015 Celebration gallery is up! Click here to see how much fun we had.
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Remember to be kind and love & respect each other.
Lots & Lots of Love,
A Celebration of Friends, Inc.
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WARNING: OUR CELEBRATIONS ARE GUILT/ATTITUDE FREE CONVENTIONS FOR REAL MATURE MEN AND THEIR ADMIRERS. WHILE THEY ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND, IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR YOUNG BODY-BEAUTIFUL MODELS, THEN THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.