New center opening

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Triad is expanding its outreach to the LGBT community. In August, North Star LGBT Community Center will open at 704 Brookstown Ave.

This project will provide a bountiful array of resources and support, as well as a place for people to hang out.

Chair Teresa Carter said the center hopes to have its grand opening on Aug. 10, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. She also said that the name was derived from the first gay comic book hero, Northstar.

Other officers are Christine Regan, vice chair; Grace Helper, treasurer; Kevin Cooper, secretary; and board members Mary Jamis, Jonathon Morris, Suzzane Reynolds, Richard Rominger, Cheri Evans, Dirk Robertson and Rex Welton.

The news source also added that a new non-profit organization has been formed to run the Pride Winston-Salem festival. It grew out of Equality Winston-Salem, which has presented the festival in past years. Pride Winston-Salem’s primary focus is on encouraging, empowering, promoting a positive image of the LGBT community.


Foundation announces grant recipients

Winston-Salem Foundation’s Jonathan Halsey (left) received a $25,000 check from Adam Foundation President Larry Boles.
Winston-Salem Foundation’s Jonathan Halsey (left) received a $25,000 check from Adam Foundation President Larry Boles.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Adam Foundation held its annual grant recipients’ presentation on July 10 at 6th and Vine during its monthly martini night event.

The 2013 awardees are: AIDS Care Service, $12,500; Positive Wellness Alliance, $10,000; Echo Network/Storyline, $500; Q.O.R.D.S., $1,800; Equality NC Foundation, $2,500; Triad Health Project, $2,000; Green Street UMC/Interfaith Voice, $2,000; Triad Softball League, $1,000; Interfaith Winston-Salem/Compassionate Winston-Salem, $500; Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, $5,000; North Carolina AIDS Action Network, $1,000; Youth Opportunities, $2,000; North Star LGBT Community Center, $2,000; and Adam Foundation’s Adolescent Futures Initiative, $1,000.

President Larry Boles also presented a check for $25,000 to Jonathan Halsey with the Winston-Salem Foundation to jump start the Adam Legacy Endowment Fund.

The grants are bestowed to organizations and programs that support its mission of promoting the identity, strength and well-being of the local LGBT community and supports organizations serving persons living with HIV/AIDS. This year had been record-breaking for the number of grant applications received. It is constantly seeking contributions to its funding endeavors. Anyone wishing to do so can find more information online on how to accomplish this.


ACS receives grant

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — AIDS Care Service (ACS) received a $26,000 one-year grant from The Winston-Salem Foundation.

“The generosity of The Winston-Salem Foundation will help ACS upgrade and update its marketing and development tools,” said Rivkah Meder, ACS director of development and community relations. “These enhancements will allow us to build greater community support and awareness.”

According to the agency’s president, Jesse Duncan, “these funds are just in time as we prepare for our 20th year celebration of life and services in 2014. We’re still here. People needing our services are still here. HIV is still here!”


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