Foundation presents grants

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Adam Foundation bestowed its 2016 grant and sponsorship awards on July 28 at the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 600 S. Main St.

Recipients included AIDS Care Service, Positive Wellness Alliance, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Theatre Alliance, Equality North Carolina and OUT at the Movies International Film Festival.

In other news, the organization will hold a pancake brunch and concert fundraiser on Aug. 13, 10 a.m., at Parkway United Church of Christ, 2151 Silas Creek Pky.

Pancake stacks are $6. Extra toppings can be purchased at 25 cents. Concert tickets are $5. A combination deal is available for $10 for pancakes and concert.

Donations help the Adam Foundation support the community through grant funding, HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and LGBT anti-discrimination and health initiatives.

The church will host an LGBT-focused Bible study on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Facilitator for the group is Liam Hooper. Its focus is to deepen understanding, as LGBT persons, of one’s unique position in the church community in ways that promote spiritual growth and transformation and increase participation.

info: adamfoundation.org. parkwayunited.org.

Survey needs community input

SALISBURY, N.C. — Salisbury Pride has issued a request for the community to participate in its annual festival survey.

The organization is interested in knowing what is liked and what needs improvement. Information gathered will be used to assist Salisbury Pride with its marketing efforts, as well as allow it to draw new sponsors and vendors. Visit bit.ly/2aRGiRM to lend a voice to the organization.

In other news, the Salisbury Pride bowling league will begin its season on Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Woodleaf Lanes, 1811 Jake Alexander Blvd. W.

The league is non-competitive and gives individuals an opportunity to get together and have fun. Participants are asked to grab a team of three or simply show up and be paired with one.

info: salisburypride.com.

Advocacy conference slated

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The 2016 Stronger Together: HIV/AIDS Advocacy Conference will be held on Sept. 10, 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Winston-Salem State University, FL Atkins Health Sciences Building, 601 Martin Luther King Dr.

Hosts are the NC AIDS Action Network and the NC Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC).

Attendees will be able to participate in breakout sessions for experienced and beginning HIV/harm reduction advocates. Learn how to improve lives and fight for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, people who use drugs, sex workers and affected communities from grassroots leaders and respected experts.

NCHRC will also be providing technical assistance on how to start a legal syringe exchange program in accordance with the new state syringe exchange law.

Conference organizers are currently accepting workshop proposals for topics that reflect the intersectionality and diversity of the movement. Interested parties should email Lee Storrow at lee@ncaan.org and Robert Childs at robert.bb.childs@gmail.com to learn more or to submit proposals.

Registration is available online at bit.ly/2aYpnQg.

Prior to the conference there will be a kick-off summit, PrEPing for 2017: North Carolina Moves Forward, will be held on Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, 420 High St. SW. This event is co-hosted with the the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

Registration is available online at bit.ly/2awIGMz.

Following the summit is a reception at Foothills Brewing, 638 W. 4th St.

info: ncaan.org. nchrc.org.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.