Giving Out: Remember the Date

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May is the month when it all happens. The height of spring, the roll-out to summer, the race to Memorial Day. This year proves no exception – in fact, there’s even more happening than usual. Mark down this date:  Thursday, May 15, 2014.

This will be Give Out Day, a 24-hour period of online giving for the LGBTQ community and our allies. Last year, the Pride Center of the Capital Region did exceptionally well in raising funds for its mission, and this year they’re looking to do even better. The Pride Center has always held a special place in my heart, not only for my work as the manager of the Romaine Brooks Gallery, but also for the vital role they play in the community.

On May 15, 2014, the plan is to get as many donations as possible in a 24-hour period. Last year, the Pride Center was the #1 fundraiser of smaller non-profit groups. In so many ways, this is the little organization that could. It bears repeating that the Pride Center of the Capital Region is the longest continually-operating LGBTQ center in the country. That says a lot for us, and it’s the people who have made it such a lasting operation.

If you’d like to give, be sure to do so at any time on May 15, 2014. (You can also contribute now so you don’t forget, with this neat feature set up to tabulate contributions on May 15 – a boon to those of us who find our days over-run with busy-ness.) Since this is mainly an online event, there’s no need to get dolled up and dressy about it, but there are opportunities for that as well. Two Happy Hours at two of my favorite places (Mingle and Oh Bar) will take place from 4 to 6 PM on that day as well. However, the best part of this is that your support and help can all be done online without leaving the comfort of your home or the palm of your hand. For further information, visit the Pride Center’s website here.

Engage. Support. Give.

Online fundraising for Give OUT Day - Alan Bennett Ilagan

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