IBA expanding reach with first Bucks event

IBA expanding reach with first Bucks event

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LGBT businesspeople are invited to spend an evening during the Democratic National Convention on the back porch of the Bucks County Playhouse on the shores of the Delaware River.

The Independence Business Alliance, the LGBT chamber of commerce for 11 counties in the Philadelphia region, is hosting its first Bucks event. The networking mixer takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 26 at the playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Tickets are free for IBA members or $15 for nonmembers.

 The chamber has been expanding its events over the past year. It hosted the first Chester County networking mixer in April with LGBTea Dances. The IBA is also planning events in South Jersey and Delaware to take place before the end of the year, said executive director Zach Wilcha.

 “We’re trying to branch out of Center City,” Wilcha said. “It’s difficult sometimes for some of our members to get into the city.”

 For the Bucks event, local business leaders helped plan it. Ryan Fuller, who works with the Bucks County Playhouse and GMG Insurance Agency, and Paden Amsden of MCS Mortgage Bankers, joined the effort and spread the word among members of the Greater Lambertville-New Hope Chamber of Commerce.

 Up to 100 people are expected to enjoy cocktails at the playhouse.

 “It’s very scenic,” Wilcha said, adding: “New Hope has been a destination for gay folks for a pretty long time.”

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