GLSEN Hudson Valley 2013 Ally Awards
The GLSEN Hudson Valley 2013 Ally Award Honorees (L to R, Tom Ellman, Jeff Schneider, and Jeff Kosmacher of Vassar College Community Works, John Martin of Superior Sounds, Rosemary Evaul, Marqúis Evans of Superior Sounds, Cathleen M. Greenan and John T. Greenan)
On October 22nd, students and community members from throughout the Hudson Valley came out to honor the GLSEN Hudson Valley 2013 Ally Award recipients. Each of this year's honorees provide inspiration for all of us to be Better Allies to LGBTQ youth. Read excerpts from the nomination letters for each of the honorees below.
Rosemary Evaul, Producer, Masque & Mime Society, Roy C. Ketcham High School
Approximately ten years ago Rosemary produced “The Laramie Project” and last year she produced, “Return to Laramie” both at Ketchum High School. Both plays chronicle the hate crime/murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. By participating in these two productions, the many students involved learned a vitally important lesson beyond tolerance about equality, compassion, and acceptance of young people who are gay or lesbian. Rosemary set the tone at the rehearsals that this was an important play and subject matter for young people to embrace, and that all students, including gay and lesbian students, must never be bullied or teased, but instead must be valued.
Superior Sounds DJ & Entertainment Services
Superior Sounds DJ services, owner John Martin and partner Marquis Evans have supported LGBTQ youth and their allies by providing DJ services to many different LGBTQ youth events, often free of charge. They have provided their services for many years to the Circles Prom, which is a "gay prom" sponsored by Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley for LGBTQ youth and their allies as well as the “Breaking the Silence” dance sponsored by the Kingston High School GSA, GLSEN Hudson Valley and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center held annually on the GLSEN’s National Day of Silence. John and Marquis both support the local LGBTQ community and local non-profit organizations but more importantly they make student events special to all in attendance and their service is greatly appreciated.
Cathleen Greenan, Assistant Professor, Dutchess County Community College & John Greenan, Executive Officer, Dutchess County Association of Realtors
Both concerned about the pervasiveness of bullying and harassment in schools, particularly as experienced by LGBTQ youth, John and Cathleen set out to make a difference locally in the Hudson Valley. They had known of GLSEN Hudson Valley’s work to assure that schools were safe and respectful places, but upon learning that this local Chapter was completely volunteer-based they realized that one contribution they could make was to assist in fundraising. In a matter of weeks, Cathleen and John pulled together an event that raised roughly $2700 for GLSEN Hudson Valley and introduced many individuals to the importance of addressing the needs of LGBTQ students locally. Their creativity, ingenuity and even their stubborness is a great model for all those who want to make a difference for a cause they care about
Vassar College Community Works, Philanthropic Organization
Community Works is a philanthropic campaign whose mission is to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations. Funded by donations from employees and students of Vassar College, Community Works has funded over 40 different institutions in the Hudson Valley since its inception in 2001. Recipients are selected each year by a committee of staff, administrators, faculty, and students.
Vassar College Community Works has consistently placed the well-being of LGBTQ youth in the Hudson Valley among their priorities. This support has made it possible for many organizations to raise awareness of LGBTQ youth needs and make strides in meeting those needs throughout the community.
Congratulations to each of the honorees!
Congratulations to all of the Honorees!