East Carolina University’s Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center raised more than $15,000 for its LGBTQ Priority Fund during its annual LOVE WINS fundraiser in October.
An ECU News Services press release said seven hosts took necessary COVID-19 precautions when they created a variety of fundraising opportunities for participants. The press release said one opportunity included food ordered in advance and delivered to a progressive event that took place at several homes alongside Greenville’s Tar River University neighborhood.
The LOVE WINS silent auction was held online for the first time where it had winners from North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, according to the press release. Senior associate director for the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center Mark Rasdorf said in the press release the 2020 fundraiser surpassed their wildest expectations.
“First held in 2015, this annual event has grown in both scope and impact, and we felt it was important to continue the tradition while observing the necessary safety precautions due to the pandemic,” Rasdorf said.
The funds raised by the center will support students through scholarships and professional development, according to the press release. The release said the funds will also support the new Safe Zone for K-12 educators offered in partnership with the College of Education and Youth Programs at Campus Recreation and Wellness.
The press release said the LGBTQ Resource Office has supported more than 7,000 student visits during the academic year since its founding in 2011. Educational programs include a speaker series, the Queer Film Series and annual events such as the National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Rememberance and Worlds AIDS Day, according to the press release.