MESSAGE FROM CECE
I recently read a statistic that encouraged me. Texas ranks #16th out of all states and the District of Columbia for social connectedness. This includes seeing and hearing from friends and family, trusting people in your neighborhood and talking to or exchanging favors with neighbors. Resource Center has been located in the Oaklawn neighborhood for over 30 years. We open our doors to more than 40 community groups each month, ranging from recovery to worship groups. We have neighbors who provide food for our nutrition program, volunteers and other forms of support. We are grateful for the connections we have in our neighborhood and across the state. Thank you for supporting and being connected to Resource Center!
HEALTH: CENTER PRESENCE AT STATE HIV CONFERENCE
In August, several Resource Center prevention programs staffers attended the Texas Department of State Health Services' 2014 HIV/STD Conference in Austin. While learning the latest in HIV/AIDS and STD trends and research, five team members demonstrated their expertise and leadership by presenting at different workshops. United Black Ellument (UBE) coordinator Sammy Nesbit co-facilitated an "Mpowerment Summit," brainstorming new initiatives among similar projects in Texas. Fellow UBE coordinators P.J. Moton and Jalenski Brown, and FUSE coordinators John Sanders & Grayson Gosnell also participated. Moton and Brown were part of a presentation on HIV/AIDS prevention and community mobilization through social media. All three UBE program leaders also examined how to create HIV prevention messaging for young African -American men who have sex with men.
COMMUNITY: PROGRAMS COME TOGETHER FOR DALLAS PRIDE 2014
September 21 was a beautiful day for a parade, and thousands of people turned out along Cedar Springs Road for the 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade-better known as Dallas Pride. The Center was well-represented at this year's parade, with volunteers, staff and program participants marching alongside and riding on a float made by participants in the Youth First, United Black Ellument and FUSE programs. Also, Center communications and advocacy manager Rafael McDonnell was the male grand marshal of this year's parade. Parade judges awarded the Center's entry "Best Social Commentary."
ADVOCACY: CELEBRATE LGBT HISTORY BY CHECKING OUT CENTER COLLECTION AT UNT
October is LGBT History Month, and what better way to mark that event than to check out the Resource Center Collection at the UNT Libraries. It includes photographs, newspapers and other publications, letters, posters, and more from over 40 years of LGBT activism in Texas. This growing collection features photographs of the Texas participants of the October 1979 March on Washington and Pride parades in Dallas as well as issues of the Dallas Voice. Many of the items in the collection have been digitized and can be seen here.
GIVE: Lynne Richardson is making a difference 365 days a year!
"The Center's 365 Club is near and dear to my heart. I'm proud to be a longtime member." Lynne Richardson
As a 365 Club member, your monthly contribution provides predicable and reliable income to help sustain Center programs such as our nutrition programs, HIV/STD testing, dental clinic, counseling, Youth First and Gray Pride programs.
Join the 365 Club and receive an invitation for an exclusive behind the scenes tour from Center CEO, Cece Cox, and discounts on Center events!
or contact Dean S. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or 214-540-4424 to add your name to the list of community leaders making a difference in the lives of our clients every day! 5 Factor:
The Center's annual 5 Factor
event, presented by Purple Foundation, honoring five who have made a difference in our community was held on September 26. Honorees included Dale Hansen, Philip Kingston, Abraham Salum, Whole Foods Market and DIFFA Dallas. We had two very special guests at 5 Factor: Michael Sam and his boyfriend Vito Cammisano. Hansen and Sam met each other for the first time that night. The event raised over $50,000! Thanks to event chair Ky Fiser, sponsors, volunteers and all of our guests - you made this night a success!
Photo: Shana Anderson Photography.Gaybingo:
Be a part of the Center's Gaybingo Dallas, launching its 14th season in January 2015. Promote your business to over 350 diverse consumers monthly at our events and expand your promotional reach to over 60,000 people monthly through print and online advertising, social media, website and email promotions. There are a variety of annual sponsorship opportunities available. We are offering a limited-time promotion: receive a complimentary sponsorship for this November's event, for commitments received by October 31. Contact event management at 214-540-4455 or email@example.com
for details. There's no bingo like Gaybingo!Planned Giving:
October 20-26 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. Did you know that there are more than 120 million people across the United States who haven't updated their estate plans? That lack of planning is one of the most overlooked areas of personal finance. Contact Chief Development Officer Cameron Hernholm. 214-540-4421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss how you can support the Center as part of an update to your estate plans.
SAVE THE DATE
Upcoming Resource Center events.
October 11, Rural Pride: The Center is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the True Colors Fund and the National Center for Lesbian Rights to host "Rural Pride." The day-long event is one of a series held around the U.S. specifically examining the issues facing LGBTQ people living in rural areas, as well as a discussion of the policy changes that have helped to address some of these issues. To register for the event, click here.
October 18, Gaybingo:
Red Ribbon Bash:
Black Tie Dinner: Saturday, Nov. 15 at Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Tickets and info here. Resource Center is a beneficiary.
Thursday, Dec. 4 at Hotel Lumen. More details soon.
Toast To Life: Voodoo on the Trinity, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Tickets and info here.
Check the Center's website calendar here for a complete list of events.