On a Sunday night, at The Garden Nightclub in Des Moines, Iowa, over $1400 was raised for The Center, a resource center that serves the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender, Questioning and Inter-sex
(LGBTQI) community of Central Iowa.

January 31st was the date, and the evening involved over 3 hours of entertainment for local favorites from the LGBTQI community such as The Gay Men’s Chorus, Champagne Showers, Coco Cabernet, Crystal Frost, Chloe Chardonnay, Stephanie Steele, Stinketta Beaverhausen and Mike Scoonover. The event was emceed by local personality Mike Miller.

The Center also used the event to honor DART bus driver Sherrie Taha. Taha made a crucial 911 call while on duty that helped save a man who was trapped outside in frigid temperatures with no shoes, socks, or coat. The timeliness of Taha’s call helped prevent the man from amputation.
Approximately 100 people attended the event, including Des Moines Mayor Frank Cowniee.

The Center is a resource center whose mission statement reads “The Center will provide a voice and visibility to the underserved and under-served LGBTQI community, their supporters, and families in Central Iowa, to work with progressive, supportive, and allied groups to strengthen all of our work.”

The Center has a facility that is open for group meetings of all kinds within the LGBTQI community. Current organizations that meet there are Progress Coalition of Central Iowa (PCCI), Women’s Cultural Collective (WCC), Transformations Iowa (Transgender Group), LBGT Aging, Dykes of the Roundtable (Women of Color), Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), TABU (Gay men of color), and Rainbow Youth and Allies (25 yrs and under). The Center is a safe place for support groups in the areas of coming out, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, LGBTQ Elders, and grief support.

Volunteers are encouraged and appreciated to contribute their time, thoughts, and monetary contributions to The Center, located at 1300 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Ph. # 515-243-0313. Thecenterdm@gmail.com, www.equalityiowa.org

The Center is a 501©3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

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