Foundation awards grants

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On July 23, The Adam Foundation awarded $50,000 in grants and sponsorships at a reception held at New Winston Museum.

Funded projects ranged from healthcare and research to arts and culture.

Awards were made to 17 organizations including: AIDS Care Service, Campaign for Southern Equality, Interfaith Voice, Interfaith Winston-Salem, Metropolitan Community Church of Winston-Salem, North Carolina AIDS Action Network, North Star LGBT Community Center, Positive Wellness Alliance, PRIDE Winston-Salem, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Theatre Alliance, Triad Health Project, Triad Pride Men’s Chorus, Triad Softball League, Wake Forest University Health Sciences Section on Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest University Division of Public Health Sciences and Youth Opportunities.

“Since 1990, The Adam Foundation has provided alternative funding to enrich our local LGBT community,” said Diane Spaugh, president of the board of directors. “During our 25-year history we’ve given back more than $500,000 in community support,” Spaugh continued. “We’re grateful to all our donors and advocates for this long-term legacy.”

Grants and sponsorships from The Adam Foundation are made possible by charitable gifts and benefit events. The Adam Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, The Adam Festival, will take place on Nov. 8 at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Innovation Quarter, 575 N Patterson Ave. Theme this year is “Silver Anniversary Celebration — Lights, Camera, Action.”

Grant applications for The Adam Foundation’s next funding cycle will be accepted for consideration in spring 2015. Sponsorship applications are considered throughout the year.

In other news, the foundation recently received Honorable Mention for Best Local Activist Group in the 2014 Smitty’s Notes Best of Winston-Salem awards. Smitty’s is a resource for downtown stories, business development, major local events and more.

And, there is an 8×8 for 8in8 event on Aug. 8, 6 p.m., at Hampton House Art and Framing, 720 Coliseum Dr., to benefit the foundation. Enjoy the art exhibit, all on 8×8 canvases, while chatting with friends. Food, wine and beer will be provided. Drawings held throughout the evening for prizes.

Tickets are $25/general, $88.88/premium. Premium ticket holders receive and original work of art on an 8×8 canvas. Call Jackie Pittman at 336-692-3505 or email

Sponsors are Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar and S2dio Supplies.


Movie screening on horizon

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Out at the Movies will present “Anatomy of a Love Seen” on Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, ACE Theatre Complex, 1533 S. Main St.

The film centers around Zoe and Mal who fell in love while filming a love scene. Unfortunately, Mal walks away after five months, but three weeks later, when a lucrative broadcast deal comes down, they are requested to reshoot the love scene.

The film is directed by Marina Rice Bader.

Admission is $7/adult; $6/students, seniors. Tickets will be available at 6:15 p.m. in the theatre lobby. For advance and discount information, call Rex at 336-918-0902.


Pride float rolls on

YADKINVILLE, N.C. — El Cambio and GetEQUAL teamed up for the second year by partnering on a float that was part of the annual Independence Day Parade, the Yadkinville Ripple reported.

The community-centered effort brought in people from all across the Yadkin Valley who helped make the You Are Not Alone float “a successful and empowering experience.”

Donations came in for candy, volunteers painted a banner and decorated the float, while others simply provided crowd support.

The contingency received both positive and negative response.

El Cambio member Wooten Gough told the Ripple that “several people in the crowd would call some of us out by name and wave as we passed. It was a good feeling to be among the other floats and part of this event that celebrates the idea of standing up for justice and freedom, especially in the place we know as home.”

However, “burn down their float” remarks were heard as well. These kinds of outbursts were few and far between as contrasted to the positive ones received.

The You Are Not Alone project serves to “create a local environment that promotes diversity, inclusivity and community building.” The organizers provide whatever information and resources necessary to support the LGBT community and allies. And, they plan to offer office hours where the community can gather for community support and camaraderie in a safe environment.

info: Wooten Gough, 336-306-3252,; Bradley Hardy, 336-466-1703,; Luis Aguilera, 336-244-0015,; Lizette Diaz, 714-955-8884,

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.