Bear to Make a Difference Gala

Bear to Make a Difference Gala

About This Event

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The Bear to Make a Difference Gala is an opportunity for community members, civic leaders and corporate partners to come together to support the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and those who share our commitment to a future free from hate.

For almost two decades, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has been a unique voice in the movement for LGBT equality. You may know that my husband Dennis and I started the Foundation in 1998 to honor the life of our son Matt, with a mission to "replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance." Since then, steady progress has been made towards a future where equal rights prevail for all, and we won't stop until they do.  
An important piece of the Foundation's work each year is joining together with you at our annual Gala to recognize the work of individuals and organizations alike that have made significant contributions to promoting those core values of understanding, compassion and acceptance in their work and in their lives.  

Award Recipients

Making a Difference Award:
Eric Fanning

Dennis Dougherty Award for Community Leadership
Daniel Ramos

Spirit of Matthew Award
Jaime Wilson
Alyssa Sileo

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 1672 Lawrence Street
  • Denver, CO 80202
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Oct 14, 2017 06:00 pm to
  • Oct 14, 2017 11:00 pm

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation

Event to Support The Matthew Shepard Foundation

In a diverse approach to Erase Hate, the Foundation focuses its efforts ranging anywhere from theater stages and local law enforcement agencies, to online resource centers and embassies around the world.