Feast on Equality
The idea for Feast on Equality began in 2008 with a simple phone call from the University of Louisville LGBT Center Director, Brian Buford, to Louisville realtor and community activist Tommy Arnold asking him to get involved with the center. After meeting and talking with his students, Tommy learned that one of the immediate ways he could help was to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those who had been rejected by their families and couldn’t go home for the holidays. Through an “alternative Thanksgiving” meal that first year, Tommy and his friends served 115 students and around 250 students in the years following.
Feeling the power and energy from the students being served each year, it became clear that a single meal on Thanksgiving was not enough. These students needed ongoing support and the LGBT Center needed more resources to help them. In 2012 Tommy formed a committee to establish Feast on Equality, a 501c3 charitable organization, to raise private funds for LGBT centers on college and university campuses, beginning with the University of Louisville. Over the past four years, an annual dinner benefit dinner for the UofL LGBT Center has raised more than $500,000.
In 2016, Feast on Equality expanded its efforts to support the University of Kentucky LGBTQ* Resources Center under the direction of Lance Poston. The inaugural benefit dinner in December 2016 netted $38,000 which funded many important programs and services for UK students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the 2017 event more than doubled the support for the UK LGBTQ* Center to $80,000…and we’re just getting started!
The third annual UK Feast on Equality will be held on Friday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom.
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