Komen CEO Nancy Brinker hosts fundraiser for gay-rights group

Nancy Brinker

Since announcing she was leaving her post as CEO, Susan G. Komen Foundation founder Nancy Brinker has been spending some of her time on other causes such as gay rights.

According to the Washington Post, Brinker hosted a reception for Lambda Legal at her home in Georgetown with her son Eric, 37, who is gay.

“Having the most supportive mom in the world, I didn’t have to twist her arm very hard to get her involved,” Eric Brinker said.

And until the Planned Parenthood controversy last year, supporting the LGBT community was apparent in Komen’s distribution of funds. When Resource Center Dallas expanded its health programming beyond AIDS and created a women’s health program, Komen provided the first grant — which was also the Dallas-based foundation’s first grant to an LGBT organization.

Between 2007 and 2011, Komen funded 30 lesbian breast-health projects around the country.

But after the Komen Foundation cut off grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, there was alarm in the lesbian community. Evidence suggests lesbians are more prone to breast cancer than heterosexual women and many lesbians get their health care through Planned Parenthood, which provides gynecological services to women without insurance.

The cuts to Planned Parenthood came after Brinker hired Karen Handel as senior vice president for public policy. Handel ran for governor of Georgia on a right-wing and homophobic platform. So the fear was Komen would target all lesbian health programs next.

But her son, speaking publicly of being gay for the first time, told the Washington Post that his mother had always been supportive of him.

—  David Taffet

Resounding Harmony rehearsal, auditions

Resounding Harmony at a 2010 performance.

Resounding Harmony begins its fourth season of musical philanthropy on Sunday with its first rehearsal. And auditions for new members are set for Monday.

The group said the audition process is quick and painless. Bring a prepared piece to sing. This can be anything out of a hymnal, an opera or a Broadway show. An accompanist will be provided, so bring a copy of the music. The audition takes about five minutes and beyond the prepared music you might be asked to sing scales to determine your vocal placement in the chorus.

Resounding Harmony raises money for other organizations at each of its concerts. This season, Our Heartfelt Season, will benefit two North Texas organizations.

The fall concert on Nov. 22 will benefit the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, and the spring concert on June 19 will benefit the American Heart Association. Past beneficiaries include the North Texas Food Bank, the Fine Arts Chamber Players program to provide violins to underserved schools in DISD, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Palliative Care Unit of Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Rehearsals take place at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church at 3014 Oak Lawn Ave .

For more information or to sign up for an audition please visit the website or email the chorus’s Operations Manager, Robert Huneke.

—  David Taffet

Poster completed for 10th anniversary of Sing for the Cure concert event

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I just received this new poster for the upcoming Sing for the Cure concert event featuring Resounding Harmony. And it sounds like it’s off to a good start, according to marketing chair Jan Harrell.

—  Rich Lopez