Well, you decide. This coming Tuesday, September 1st, put your money to the vote and support the charitable cause you think needs our help. The 5th Annual NTXCC Fall Frolick Event is coming up the weekend of November 20-22. For the past two years the silent auction held during Fall Frolick has raised well over $6400 for North Texas Charities. The beneficiaries of those monies are chosen by the member clubs of NTXCC. One charity in Tarrant county and one in Dallas county.
NLA gets to vote for their choice for the Dallas county charity. Whichever one wins your support will be championed by your NLA Rep at the NTXCC Board Meeting when all of the various reps and the Board itself votes on the two recipient charities for this year’s Fall Frolick Silent Auction. Remember, 100% of the proceeds from the auction is divided between the two and NTXCC adds $1000 to each. Last year that was right at $1,652 each!
Here are the nominees put forth at the last General Membership Meeting:
1) Youth First Texas: Founded in 1999 with the sole mission of helping the more than 50,000 estimated LGBTQ youth within the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. This 501c3 nonprofit provides a mentors program, life coaching services, Email-Pals peer support group, youth leadership programs, computer training labs, recreational programs and social events, not to mention multiple support groups including Latino, young women, and high-school groups.
Find out more at: www.YouthFirstTexas.com
2) Greg Dollgener Memorial Aids Fund (GDMAF, Inc): Since 1996, GDMAF has assisted over 1,500 people using more than $300,000 to meet such needs as rent, medication co-pays, utility bills, and various emergency payments. Most of those helped are on Social Security programs and/or living on low, fixed incomes that cannot meet their needs. For them, life’s unexpected emergencies can be catastrophic and lead to homelessness.
Discover how you can help at: www.gdmaf.org
3) Resource Center Dallas: Starting in 1983 the Resource Center had provided programs to LGBT individuals and critical assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS. The Center is proud of its commitment to and delivery of critical resources to those needing help during difficult times. Through fundraising, outreach programs, and community activism the Center has been a beacon of hope for the LGBT community.
See more of the many opportunities at: www.myresourcecenter.org
4) Sharon St Cyr Fund, Inc (SSC Fund): The fund began in 2009 to bring awareness to the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Their mission is that together, with the community, the SSC Fund will create different programs to raise funds to provide hearing aids for hearing-impaired individuals and provide grants to organizations for ASL interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
To learn about SSC go to: www.sscfund.com
How do you get to vote for the one you would like to receive this year’s funds? There will be four buckets at check in. Each will be labeled with one of the four charities and every cash bill you put in is 1 vote. So, $1 = 1 vote and $10 = 10 votes. The winner will be announced before the end of the GM that night. I will have $1’s if anybody needs change.
All the funds raised by your votes will go to buy at least one basket of goodies to go into the silent auction in the name of NLA-Dallas. If there is enough there can be two or more baskets it all depends on your generosity. Any monies not spent on the basket(s) will go directly into the recipient fund to be split between this year’s charities.
Thank you all for your generous Leather hearts.