CLAGS’s Fall 2006 Anniversary Gala (Capital Campaign)

In honor of CLAGS’s 15th Anniversary
in 2006, our organization embarked
upon an ambitious Capital Campaign
in order to establish CLAGS’s fi rst-ever
general operating endowment. By establishing
this anniversary fund, CLAGS is
providing a stable and continued source
of operating funds that will not only
allow our offi ce to function more effi –
ciently, but the fund will also allow us to
revive the CLAGS Fellowship, an award
that had fallen off a few years ago due to
budget restrictions.
With the generosity of the Leslie-
Lohman Gay Art Foundation—an art
foundation dedicated to preserving the
visual legacy of gay men and women that
recently opened up a new storefront gallery
space in Soho, NYC—CLAGS hosted
our 2006 Campaign supporters for an
evening of food, wine, music, mingling,
and a private, after-hours viewing of the
Foundation’s most recent exhibition,
Four Artists/Four Shows. Despite evening
rain, the anniversary fundraiser turned
out longtime CLAGS supporters as well
as faces new to our organization, all with
the intent of securing our longterm
operations as a research center committed
to LGTBQ
social justice.
With
remarks
from CLAGS
Executive Director
Paisley
Currah, and
personal
reflfl ections
on CLAGS
giving from donor Diane Bernard, Gala
attendees got to hear not only about why
the Capital Campaign is vital to our
continued success, but about the ways in
which giving to CLAGS can be personally
fulfi lling. Dr. Bernard recounted
her pleasure at meeting for the fi rst
time at the Gala a fellowship applicant
upon which the CLAGS-administered
Heller-Bernard Fellowship (named for
Dr. Bernard and her late partner, Joan
Heller) had had an impact. Other Gala
attendees took the liberty of mingling
with CLAGS Board members and staff,
and some took a moment to peruse the
special 15th Anniversary publication
we put together, which looked back at
CLAGS’s founding and highlights over
the years, including a timeline of our
organization’s major milestones and a
complete accounting of our David R.
Kessler lecturers over the years. (This
publication, printed with the generosity
of the Haworth Press, is available upon
request from the CLAGS offi ce.)
Finally, as this newsletter is going to
press the 2006 calendar year comes to a
close. We will continue to push forward
with our Capital Campaign fundraising efforts through the 2006-2007 academic
year, and will be making the most of
the spring term to meet our campaign
goals. If you weren’t able to make a yearend
gift to CLAGS by renewing your
membership with us, please consider
an early 2007 gift to kick off your (tax
deductible!) charitable giving for the
year. The offi ce staff is available at any
time to speak with CLAGS members—or
potential members—regarding their
membership status, planned giving, and
major gifts that will help us reach our
Capital Campaign goals. To all of those
who supported our anniversary efforts so
far, we thank you; and for those of you
who are considering making a special
donation to the Campaign, we ask you to
join all of us at CLAGS who are committed
to fostering and disseminating
LGTBQ thought as a road to LGTBQ
social change.