Equality Florida Honors Sharon Carole and Christopher Covelli with Voice for Equality Award

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(l to r): Sharon Carole and Christopher Covelli. Photo Credit: Chris Statford

Equality Florida honored two members of the Sarasota community this week as Sharon Carole and Christopher Covelli both received the Voice for Equality Award at the 2021 Equality Florida Suncoast Celebration. Each year, Equality Florida honors an individual with the Voice for Equality Award. The accolade recognizes individuals who, with courage, passion and unwavering commitment, move the LGBTQ community closer to full equality. This year, the organization chose to recognize two individuals. Recipients Carole and Covelli are both co-owners of The Realm Restaurant Group, which operates Sage and Bijou Garden Café. Covelli also serves as the executive chef at the two restaurants. The two were recognized for their ongoing generosity and support of Equality Florida. Both have been active and engaged volunteers for the organization, among other similar causes.

“Sharon and Chris share our vision for Florida where no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,” said Mark Puskarich, development director at Equality Florida. “They have helped build Equality Florida's Suncoast community into one of our largest and most active chapters. We're grateful for Sharon's and Chris’ commitment to our critical work throughout the state.”

(l to r): Sharon Carole and Christopher Covelli. Photo Credit: Chris Statford

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