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.

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.

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.”


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