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Embassy Suites Hotel, Winston Salem NC. Photo by Don Mikush
In Good Company, Embassy Suites Hotel, Winston Salem NC. Photo by Don Mikush

Take a whole group of dedicated people and raise money for a good cause. That is what happened last Thursday evening when supporters of Equality Winston Salem and the North Star LGBT Community Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina gathered for “In Good Company,” an evening of fun and serious dedication.

Two hundred and fifty guests attended this first ever fundraiser for North Star. Major donors were there such as PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, Replacements Ltd, Kevin Jennings and the Arcus Foundation, HanesBrands, Wake Forest University Office of the President, MCreative, and Wake Forest Baptist Church.

Event Moderators Mary Jamis and Rex Welton, Photo by Joanne Jamis Cain
Event Moderators Mary Jamis and Rex Welton, Photo by Joanne Jamis Cain

Keynote speaker John Stotler shared his story of coming out at his long time employer Wells Fargo and gave an inspirational story of their willingness to treat their LGBTQ employees equitably. Five awards were given to companies and individuals who were also leaders in the fight for equality.

All proceeds from the event benefit North Star LGBT Community Center at 704 Brookstown Avenue in downtown Winston Salem.

Mary Jamis speaks to the crowd. Photo by Don Mikush.
Mary Jamis speaks to the guests. Photo by Don Mikush.
Bishop Gene Robinson gave the invocation. Photo by Don Mikush.
Bishop Gene Robinson gave the invocation. Photo by Don Mikush.
Karon Click and the Hot Licks ended the evening on a swinging high note! Photo by Don Mikush.
Karon Click and the Hot Licks ended the evening on a swinging high note! Photo by Don Mikush.

Katherine’s Daughter Events was proud to be there and offer assistance with set up and on site coordination. We applaud Mary Jamis, the board of North Star and all those who gathered for standing up for equality and presenting this beautiful evening.

 

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