Local briefs • 12.03.10

National Stonewall leader to attend Dallas group’s holiday party

Michael Mitchell, the new executive director of National Stonewall Democrats, will be the special guest at the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas’ annual holiday party Monday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road. The program begins at 7 p.m., and the event is free and open to everyone.

The event will include a holiday basket auction, and proceeds will be divided between Stonewall Democrats and Youth First Texas’ anti-bullying and suicide prevention efforts.

There will also be an auction where participants can bid on a lunch with their favorite elected official from among the list of elected officials who have signed up to participate. And Stonewall Democrats will be collecting donations of toiletry items for clients at Legacy Founders Cottage, a hospice for people with HIV/AIDS. Legacy clients need paper towels, laundry detergent, latex and nitrile gloves, men’s socks, new men’s underwear, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, disposable razors and shaving cream, tissues, body lotion and baby powder.

Stonewall Democrats will also present its annual awards to members, allies and elected officials. Nominees for the “Distinguished Democrat” award are Judge-Elect Tonya Parker, Dallas County District Attorney Gary Fitzsimmons, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia and Judge Carl Ginsberg.

Nominees for the Buck Massey Member of the Year Award are Pamela Curry, Michael Wetter, Laurie McClurg and Tony McMullen. Nominees for Ally Organization of the Year are the Dallas County Democratic Party, Equality Texas, Preston Hollow Democrats and the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance. And nominees for the Pink Pump Award are Dallas City Councilwoman Delia Jassa, Judge Elizabeth Crowder, Judge-elect Tina Yoo and George Freeman.

Bill Fry and Darryl Sanchez will be presented with the P.L. Moore Philanthropist Award, and Stonewall Democrats President Erin Moore will present the Board Member of the Year Award.

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas elected new officers at the organization’s Nov. 16 meeting. They are Omar Narvaez, president; Michael Wetter, vice president; Phyllis Guest, secretary and Mike McCue, treasurer. Outgoing officers are President Erin Moore, Vice President Jay Narey and Secretary Kenneth Denson.
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Round-Up holding benefit for Resource Center food pantry

Demand is up and donations are down at Resource Center Dallas’ food pantry for people with HIV/AIDS. So to help bring donations up to the level of demand, the Round-Up Saloon will host a raffle during Retro Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone who brings at least three non-perishable food items to donate to the pantry will get a free raffle ticket for a drawing for a new DVD player. Movie tickets and other prizes will also be raffled off during the evening.
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Tarrant Area Food Bank offers to send holiday cards for donors

Sending holiday greeting cards can be such a chore. But now there’s a way to let somebody else do the tedious part, while at the same time donating to a worthy cause.

Just send a donation and a list of up to 20 recipients to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the food bank will mail out special cards — hand-addressed and stamped — to those on the list.

The 5-inch-by-7-inch cards say “Season’s Greetings” on the front and have a special holiday recipe from Chef Blaine Staniford with Grace Restaurant in Fort Worth inside the front cover. The message inside reads: “Thanks for making eating a part of everyone’s holiday season. A gift has been made in your honor to Tarrant Area Food Bank by ___________.”

Deadline to participate is Friday, Dec. 10. There is no minimum donation required.

TAFB officials said all information and mailing lists remain strictly confidential. Capital One has helped underwrite the cost of the project so that all donations go directly to helping feed North Texans in need.

Tarrant Area Food Bank has 300 partner agencies, including the food pantry at AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County, which provides food for people with HIV/AIDS.

TAFB officials said those agencies have seen the need for food assistance grow by 40 percent over the previous two years.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 3, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Local briefs • 11.12.10

GAIN holds meeting on Medicare D

Medicare D specialist Deborah E. Marshall will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 18 meeting of GAIN, Resource Center Dallas’ group for older LGBT people.

The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. The meeting will include a question-and-answer session, and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Toast to Life Happy Hour set

Co-chairs Laurie Foley and Chad West will host the November Pride Pharmacy Toast to Life Happy Hour Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Go Fish, 5301 Alpha Road, just north of The Galleria.

There will be drink specials and free appetizers provided by Go Fish with Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry, and interested individuals will be able to discuss sponsorship opportunities for the 13th annual Toast to Life Gala set for Feb. 26.

For information and Toast to Life tickets, go online to ToasttoLife.org.

Book sale to benefit library

A book sale featuring books, movies and music CDs will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St. Proceeds will benefit the Phil Johnson Historical Archives and Library. Donations of gently used items are needed.

For information, e-mail library@rcdallas.org or call 214-540-4451.

Leather Knights hosting ‘Angel Tree’

Leather Knights host its annual “Angel Tree” project with 75 holiday “angels” to adopt on the Angel Tree that will be set up at Dallas Eagle, beginning Saturday, Nov. 27.

Donations to the Angel Tree program benefit residents of AIDS Services of Dallas and Hillcrest House.

To participate, choose an angel, purchase a gift, wrap it and return it to Dallas Eagle and put it under the tree. All gifts must be turned in no later than Dec. 18 to ensure every resident receives their gift. For more information, go online to LeatherKnights.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 12, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens