Jan 12, 2015

GSBA RAISES A RECORD $727,000 FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Our scholar speaker and event co-chair
Our scholar speaker and event co-chair

The 2014 TASTE OF GSBA culminated Saturday, November 22 at the Westin Seattle Hotel, raising more than $727,000 for The GSBA Scholarship Fund. 100% of the proceeds raised at the event will benefit LGBTQ and allied undergraduate students from across Washington State. As the largest and most successful LGBT chamber of commerce, TASTE is the organization’s signature fundraising event, a black-tie evening of culinary delights, celebrity chefs, four-course sit-down dinner, musical entertainment from performers from the 5th Avenue Theatre, and multiple auctions.

“Breathtaking is the word that comes to mind when I describe this year’s TASTE,” said GSBA President & CEO Louise Chernin. “The love and enthusiasm for the GSBA Scholarship Fund and our amazing scholars was crystal clear as over 820 guests raised record amounts of money to help LGBTQ and allied students attend college. The funds raised will be used to provide hope and financial aid to a group of students, many of whom have overcome serious challenges and who, all too often, have little traditional means of support. We look forward to awarding and celebrating students next year, all of whom will be able to realize their dreams due to the remarkable generosity of our donors.”

The evening kicked off with silent auctions and small plates from GSBA member restaurants and caterers. Participating caterers included Cameron Catering, Amato Catering, Ray’s Boathouse, Manhattan, Barrio, Fig Tree Catering, Taylor Shellfish, Two Tartes and Urbane. Wine lovers enjoyed the recent addition of the Wine District, a special tasting area with eight Washington winemakers pouring tastes from Bartholomew Winery, Elsom Cellars, Fidelitas, Goose Ridge, Laurelhurst Cellars, :Nota Bene Cellars, Port Gardner Bay Winery and Va Piano Vineyards.

Guests were entertained with performances from Sweet Charity by cast members from the 5th Avenue’s recent performance of A Chorus Line. “Hey Big Spender,” was especially poignant given the night’s mission and purpose.

The heart of the evening was a speech made by GSBA scholarship recipient, Nyka, who spoke about her personal experiences with the organization and the impact the scholarship made on her life. Tucker received a GSBA Scholarship in 2013 which made it possible for her to graduate from the University of Washington with a BS in Microbiology and a minor in Global Health. She currently works at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research and plans to continue on to medical school.

"I was very honored to have been a part of TASTE; the GSBA is truly remarkable,” said Tucker. “Receiving financial support from the GSBA Scholarship Fund has made a huge difference in my life, but it’s not just about the money. I have been welcomed into a family…a community of people who are there to help and support me through the good and challenging points.”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in attendance
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in attendance
Sweet Charity Performance
Sweet Charity Performance
Bid cards up!
Bid cards up!

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Sep 9, 2014

A back to school thank you.

Miles enjoying some tea
Miles enjoying some tea

Hey there!

Just thought I would check in and say hello! So much has been happening lately. 

I'm all moved into my dorm. The weather has been beautiful and the people have been so welcoming. I already love it here. Today I start my first classes which is a bit scary but exhilarating all the same.

I just wanted to send my sincerest gratitude again for my GSBA Scholarship. I would not be here if it wasn't for the GSBA. Thanks to you all, I get the opportunity to attend a fantastic school and follow my dreams. 

Sincerely,

Miles F.

Jun 6, 2014

GSBA Awards $330,000 to LGBTQ and Allied Scholars

2014 GSBA Scholars
2014 GSBA Scholars

Over 400 business leaders in attendance at the GSBA Scholarship Fund Dinner demonstrated their commitment to invest in the next generation of leaders by awarding over $330,000 in scholarships to LGBTQ and allied students in Washington State.

The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to undergraduate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students, who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities and are actively involved in school and community organizations.

Scholars reflect a diverse group of students, from rural and urban areas, pursuing a wide range of professions and who have plans to positively impact their community. GSBA is committed to positioning today's students to become tomorrow's leaders. GSBA’s Scholarship Fund supports the community through providing financial support, role-modeling and hope to outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students, many who have no traditional means of support.

“I'm crying, they are happy tears but I am also so full of thanks,” GSBA scholar, Alejandra Silva Hernandez said. “I really can't imagine where I would be right now or who I would be but I know all of your support has allowed me to be someone that I love being.”

The GSBA Scholarship Fund started in 1990 because of the great financial need of lesbian and gay students with no other means of support. These students, because of their sexual orientation, were often discriminated against in school, experienced bullying by their peers and may have lost family support. Some were even thrown out of their homes because of their sexual orientation. As a marginalized group, these students may not have received financial aid from more traditional sources.

“I cannot put into words how grateful I feel for this scholarship. We are right in the middle of choosing a college and this money has opened up doors that were not previously possible,” GSBA Scholar Miles French said. “I'm still in a state of shock. Thank you so much for making this possible.”

Over the years, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has expanded its reach and its mission. Scholarships are now available to students of any age who are WA state residents. They may be LGBT themselves or come from families with gay or lesbian parents, or straight, allied students who are committed to working for civil rights in the LGBT community. In addition, scholarships have been extended to graduate school students if they have received funding from GSBA during their undergraduate education.

“GSBA’s Scholarship Fund allows us to connect with and encourage the future leaders of our community,” GSBA President & CEO Louise Chernin said. “Scholarship recipients have proven leadership skills, strong academic achievement and have demonstrated a commitment to making a positive difference in the world and their community.”

To date, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has awarded over 400 scholarships totaling $1.9 million dollars. GSBA scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $10,000. They provide significant support to students who often have little support from other sources. In addition to financial support, having the acceptance and encouragement from business and professional leaders provides LGBTQ and allied youth role models and the kind of validation important to all youngsters on the road to adulthood.

 
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