Triad: Guilford awards grants

Carolinas News Notes

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford Green Foundation awarded its 2014 grants during its Granting Ceremony & Volunteer Recognition festivities on Oct. 28 at Greenhill Gallery.

Executive Director Brenna Ragghianti said that the ceremony included a spotlight on Youth Focus with Kristin Weldon speaking and sharing a poem written by one of their transgender youth currently in their facility.

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The recipients were: Creative Aging Network, $5,000; Elon University,$3,000; Elsewhere, $3,000; Equality NC, $3,000; Faith Action, $5,000; Guilford College, $5,000; Guilford County Schools Diversity Office, $2,000; LGBT Center of Raleigh, $1,200; Mental Health, $1,500; National Conference for Community and Justice Piedmont Triad, $5,000; PFLAG, $1,500; Queer Rap & Rock, $1,500; Triad Friends, $2,500; Triad Health Project, $4,000; Triad Pride Mens Chorus, $3,000; University of North Carolina-Greensboro, $2,000; Welcome Conversations, $1,800; and Youth Focus $5,000.

The funds will allow these organizations to expand their services in the areas of advocacy, the arts, education, youth, family and health.

Co-chairs for the event were Sandra O’Conner and Amy Holcombe. Speakers who shared their impressions included Susan Feit, NCCJ; Julie Peeples, People of Faith Against Amendment One and Congregational United Church of Christ (also part of Welcome Conversations); Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County register of deeds; Chris Sgro, executive director for Equality NC; and Ragghianti for the foundation.

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Board member Gary Palmer said that the foundation “has both increased the amount of granting we have been doing and also made considerable increases in our involvement and co-sponsorships with other group efforts.…we co-sponsored S2N Dialogue: Connecting LGBTQ and Immigrants with Faith Action House International and Congregational United Church of Christ. We became the fiscal sponsors of Stonewall Kickball and co-sponsored a transgender conference and co-sponsored a showing of ‘Living in the Overlap’ with Temple Emanuel.”

info: ggfnc.org.

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