• 54°

PFLAG's Autumn Soiree will raise funds for scholarships

Salisbury/ Rowan Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will host the chapter’s fifth annual 2012 Autumn Soirée, its major fundraiser to benefit the chapter’s scholarship foundation, sponsored by Food Lion, a subsidiary of Delhaize America and other businesses and individuals. The event will be Sept. 15, 6-10 p.m. at Looking Glass Artist Collective, 405 N. Lee St.
“The success of this event has allowed the chapter to award 19 $1,000 scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight ally students in Rowan County over the last six years, an impressive accomplishment for a local PFLAG chapter,” said Elizabeth Boltz, chair of the Scholarships Advisory Committee. “The success of this scholarship foundation is a testament to the support and generosity of donors, sponsors, businesses and individuals in our community who share the common mission and vision of PFLAG. Uniquely, Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG scholarships are available to all public, private and home-schooled Rowan County gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender high school seniors or their straight allies and may be awarded to students who want to attend a technical or trade school, community or junior college, rather than a traditional four-year college,” she added.
The Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG Scholarship Foundation began with the inaugural 2007 Autumn Soirée. The chapter awarded two $1,000 scholarships for academic year 2008-09. The Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship, named in honor of the Salisbury native and her wife, and the Founder’s Equality Scholarship, named in honor of chapter founder Michael Clawson. In 2009, a third scholarship, named in honor of Salisbury native Linda Ketner was awarded for academic year 2009-10; for academic year 2010-11, the chapter added a fourth scholarship, the Bob Page-Dale Frederiksen Scholarship, named in honor of Page, founder and CEO of Replacements LTD., and his life partner, Frederiksen. In 2013, four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for academic year 2013-2014.
This year’s event will be a silent auction/raffle fundraiser, with food, beverage and entertainment. The evening will feature keynote speaker Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte’s first openly gay elected official. Mayfield, a Democrat, represents District 3 on the council. She was elected in 2011 and is serving her first term. She has received the Community Award from the North Carolina Black Pride Movement, the Diversity Outreach and Volunteer of the Year awards from the Human Rights Campaign, the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA and the Harvey B. Gantt Award from the Young Democrats. Mayfield has previously served on the board of governors and as national female diversity co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign
Mayfield also formerly chaired the youth and gang violence subcommittee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, is a steering committee volunteer with the Mecklenburg Political Action Committee, and is a community advocate with the Charlotte Community Justice Coalition. She is grants committee chair and a former board member of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund and serves as board co-chair of the Ujamaa Institute, which focuses on philanthropy in the African-American community. She has been a client casework supervisor of disaster services with the Carolina’s Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Entertainment will be provided by Willow Catherine, a singer/songwriter who lives in Salisbury.
Many local businesses, artists, members and friends have donated items for auction and raffle this year. Dress is casual and the cover charge is $20; $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at Critter’s Cards and Gifts or Greyshores Trading Company in downtown Salisbury or Green Goat Gallery in downtown Spencer.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City, Bell Tower Green Inc. sign agreement formally handing over maintenance responsibilities

High School

East holds off South for homecoming victory

Business

NC unemployment on 12-month streak of lower rates

High School

High school football: West comes up just short against Concord

Coronavirus

FDA says Pfizer COVID vaccine looks effective for young kids

Nation/World

Warrant: Baldwin didn’t know weapon contained live round

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with breaking into used car dealership, stealing Ford Mustang

Crime

Kannapolis man charged with accidentally killing foster brother

Business

Renting out Wrenn House is next on menu for Bell Tower Green Park

Local

City to purchase, replace floating aerator devices for wastewater treatment

Business

NC Community College president details importance of connection between businesses, educational institutions

Entertainment

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired prop gun on movie set that killed woman

Coronavirus

CDC panel recommends expanded COVID-19 vaccine booster rollout

News

Truck driver killed after collision with school bus in Newton

Crime

Iredell County man charged with murder after three bodies found in burned Statesville house

Crime

Massive search for Laundrie ends as FBI identifies remains in Florida

Cleveland

Nation’s largest barn quilt mural to be unveiled in Cleveland on Saturday

College

Charlotte among six schools joining American Athletic Conference

Crime

Few details available after Kannapolis shooting claims life

Business

East Spencer apparel store will host free luncheon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

College

Catawba College receives record $200 million contribution to endowment

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found at Salisbury home

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office releases details of NASCAR driver’s assault at coworker’s home

Elections

Council candidates discuss city’s handling of ‘Fame’ relocation, protesting, pandemic