Awards to be presented

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh will hold its sixth annual LGBT Center Gala and Awards Banquet on Oct. 10, 7 p.m., at Cobblestone Hall, 215 Wolfe St.

During the evening’s program, awards will be given to worthy volunteers, allies and organizations. This year’s recipients’ information was originally reported on qnotes’ website at A final list of recipients is now available. They are: Nicholas Buchser, Volunteer of the Year; Kickball Raleigh, Organization of the Year; Milan Pham, Community Impact Award; Pam Saulsby, LGBTQ Ally of the Year; and most recently announced Ian Palmquist, Distinguished Service Award.

Palmquist was previously executive director of Equality North Carolina and now serves as director of leadership programs for the Equality Federation.


Durham center launches fundraising

DURHAM, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Durham set its formal fundraising wheels in motion on Sept. 27 at NC Pride.

The campaign will be the catalyst to securing the monies necessary to open a brick-and-mortar facility in the future.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported that the LGBT Center of Raleigh provided “some startup funds…to get the ball rolling.” The Durham center needs “about $76,000 to afford a two-year lease on a new facility, which will likely be in Durham’s downtown district,” the paper added.

Crowd sourcing fundraising has already ongoing on the center’s website, as well as other local efforts. Organizers have said that they are appreciative of any amount that is contributed.


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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.