Proceeds from parade, other events divided between 5 beneficiaries
The Dallas Tavern Guild recently shared a successful year of fundraising with five beneficiary organizations.
According to Michael Doughman, the Tavern Guild’s executive director, the organization donated more than $10,000 to AIDS Services of Dallas, AIDS Arms, Legacy Counseling Center, Youth First Texas and the Resource Center of Dallas. The funds were collected from Voice of Pride, the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and various Pride events throughout the year.
Tavern Guild members vote on the beneficiaries each year before the money is doled out.
“We all see [these groups] as areas where we need to be supportive,” said Doughman.
Representatives from the receiving groups accepted their donations on Dec. 7 at the Round Up Saloon.
“We were thrilled,” said Melissa Grove, executive director at Legacy Counseling Center. “The Tavern Guild has been so supportive of Legacy. The community has been so generous for decades.”
Legacy Counseling Center has been receiving benefits from the Tavern Guild for several years, according to Grove. The donations help pay for medical equipment, basic property expenses such as electricity bills and the comfort and care for terminally ill AIDS patients.
“It’s not about that dollar, but helping the community,” said Gregg Kilhoffer, president of Caven Enterprises, which operates Station 4, Sue Ellen’s, JR’s Dallas and Throckmorton Mining Company.
“The Tavern Guild provides a venue for the gay bar owners to meet monthly and talk about our issues,” he said. “Whenever you have an entertainment district in an area where there’s commercial and residential areas, you have to be involved in the community, whether it’s gay or straight.
“We are a district that probably sets an example for other areas in the city.”
The Tavern Guild provides funds to niche groups to make a wider effect, according to Doughman. This was Youth First Texas’ first year to receive funding from the group. Youth First Texas works through many different programs to provide support and education to young queer people.
“Mentoring the youth, both socially and through business, is integral to the future of the GLBT community,” said Doughman.
The donations will help provide transportation assistance so that youth can get the services they need, including counseling, said Bob Miskinis, recreational director.
“The Tavern Guild is important to our community and our organization specifically in that it enables us to support each other as we are serving different needs in the community,” said Miskinis.
The Tavern Guild will wrap up its philanthropic efforts this month with the Christmas Gift Project. Volunteers from the organization will wrap and deliver more than 1,000 bags to eight different service organizations.
“This is a very committed group of people,” said Kilhoffer. “We really take this seriously.”
To make a donation, send checks made payable to the Dallas Tavern Guild to P.O. Box 192478, Dallas, TX 75219.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 15, 2006