How does it help the center? The Center’s operating budget is approximately $300,000. The money we raise through this event supports the delivery of quality, consistent programs and services. The Center receives about $40,000 in foundation and corporate support. The rest is generated from individual donors, and fund raising events such as our TADA series and The Bourbon Street Ball.
Who is going to be there? We have a great line up of entertainment that includes nationally known comedian Susan Westenhoffer, famed percussionist Elec Simon, local talent co hosts, Veranda L Ni, House Diva of Twist Social Club and D.J. Kory of Cleveland’s New 102 radio station. Oh and You! You will be there (smiles)
What should people expect? FUN!!! Good food, Fantastic entertainment, Amazing auction items and a Diverse crowd of Happy people.
Tell our readers a little about the center?
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland (The Center) was founded in 1975 as the GEAR (Foundation Gay Education Awareness Resources) and is the 3rd established LGBT Center in the nation. It is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, HIV/AIDS and transgender communities of Northeastern Ohio.
Our services include drop in program that focuses on the health and wellness of LGBT community members a 55+. Participants are provided a homemade nutritious lunch, they keep their bodies moving through a 20 minute range of motion exercise routine developed by the Arthritis Foundation and socialize through peer interaction and monthly field trips.
We also provide youth and young adult programming with a variety of fun and engaging activities including cooking, art and crafts, martial arts, homework help, case management, comprehensive sex education and other protective factor programming. It is a place where young queer identified people can be themselves in a safe and affirming environment.
Center groups include Trans Family support group, Our Journey lesbian discussion group, Gay men’s discussion group, Bisexual discussion group, Coming Out group, Queer Youth discussion group and a LGBT senior discussion group. We also host a LGBT AA group and a weekly Volunteer night in collaboration with Equality Ohio.
Whew! It’s hard to tell you a little about The Center. We do a lot!
We have HIV testing twice weekly, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening twice monthly and a LISW-S on staff to provide individual counseling and referral to other professional counselors.
how do we find you? We are located in The Gordon Square Arts District 6600 Detroit Ave. Drop in and see us some time Mon – Thu 10:00 – 8:00 Fri 10 – 5:00 or check us out online at www.lgbtcleveland.org or facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/LGBTCLEVELAND