Equality NC Annual Conference - Saturday, November 12, 2011

AF President Carol Hayes and Board Member Jamie Huss traveled to Greensboro to staff the new AF display which was being shown for the first time at Equality NC's conference in the history of AF. For several years, AF has given a grant to the  ENC Foundation to support the educational programs given at the conference. There were over 400 people registered for the day; that was almost a third more than last year.  The speakers were engaging. And the energy of the commitment to fairness and equality by attendees was palpable. We were thrilled to have a physical presence there this year. The AF logo representing the work of all AF supporters was prominently displayed on a large screen throughout the luncheon and extended panel discussion.  

AF Board Members met with PFLAG and Equality WS Board Members - Sunday, May 8, 2011

AF Board members Carol Hayes, Jamie Huss, & Crystal Simmons met with PFLAG and Equality WS Board Members to discuss strategies for addressing needs of LGBT homeless youth. We anticipate further creative collaboration as we examine this problem and possible solutions.

AF Monthly Adam Night Out - Thursday, April 28, 2011

We landed in a new space and welcomed new AF Community Partners: the historic Brookstown Inn and The Cotton Mill. Great turnout - 25 attended. Remember a portion of the night’s receipts went directly to AF! We did the "Winston-Salem Trivia Challenge" and gave away a package with historical neighborhood books, an Old Salem book, a free night’s stay at the Brookstown Inn and admission to Old Salem. Steve Lawson, the General Manager, was very accommodating, and the staff was very friendly and attentive.

April Board Meeting (2011 Grant Update) - Sunday, April 17, 2011

Our Board meeting that addresses the level at which we will be able to fund grants for 2011 was lively as always. President Carol Hayes and Treasurer Britta Kunzer did a wonderful job of
guiding the overall budget discussion as well. Tough decisions needed to be made. The commitment of the Board to provide more grant funds was clearly evident while remaining mindful of the growing need for additional funds in a time when many people ( and foundations!) have had to tighten their belts. We are excited at the grant applications that were received. We are very pleased to say that we will be providing the largest grant amount in our AF history. Watch for more details as our grant review process moves forward. YOUR DONATIONS HAVE ALLOWED THIS YEAR’S AMOUNT TO EXCEED PREVIOUS LEVELS. THANKS AGAIN FOR SUPORTING THE VISION OF AF.

RiverRun & Out at the Movies showing of “WE WERE HERE” at a/perture. - Friday, April 15, 2011

Several viewings made it possible for some AF Board members to catch this powerful film. It brought back ALL the reasons why our organization was founded, and the pride that goes with knowing there is a long history of AIDS CARE support projects as our legacy. The interviews were stunning; the archival footage was moving. It was great timing for Board members to watch this film as we prepped for the April Board meeting where we determined our grant funding ability for the 2011 year.

AF Monthly Martini Night at 6th & Vine - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wow- what a great turnout! New faces, updated contact info acquired, & fun comments everywhere. Thanks so much! President Carol Hayes and Board members James Gross, Crystal
Simmons, and AJ DeLaOsa had a wonderful time engaged with guests and current supporters. The Hollywood- themed gift baskets were a big hit. The staff at 6th and Vine remain committed to the AF mission, and we appreciate their monthly donation.

The Laramie Project - Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thanks to AF Board President Carol Hayes and Board members Crystal Simmons & Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz for staffing an AF display table in support of this important play at the UNCSA. We are always excited to have Winston Salem “wake up” to arts–based social justice projects.

Equality NC Town Hall Meeting - Thursday, March 17, 2011

AF grants have also included support for Equality NC’s annual conference held each fall where hundreds of equal rights activists meet to network and be further trained in the issues affecting our state. An important Town Hall meeting was held HERE in Winston Salem at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship that allowed us to stand side-by-side with this grant recipient as they move forward in their education and policy goals. Special thanks to UUFWS for hosting ENC and to AF volunteer Gregg Jamback for staffing an AF display table.