A year ago this past April I provided the initial endowment for the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar/HRBOR Scholarship to benefit graduating LGBT high school seniors. I took this action to both honor my parents (pictured below on their wedding day) who stood by me without hesitation when I came out in mid-life and to enable HRBOR to give back to the Hampton Roads LGBT community where being gays still carries much stigma in some quarters and where youth continue to find themselves disowned by parents because of their sexual orientation.
This evening at HRBOR's 5th Anniversary gala at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, the first recipient of the Hamar/HRBOR scholarship will be announced. This is a four year scholarship. To be able to award a four year scholarship every year, HRBOR needs to raise an additional $75,000.00 Donations to the HRBOR scholarship can be made by clicking on the image at right on this blog. The scholarship is administered through the Hampton Roads Community Scholarship and donations are 100% tax deductible.
I hope local readers will attend the gala this evening - admission is free and it should be a wonderful event thanks to the event sponsors, SunTrust Bank, the Virginia Opera, Distinctive Event Rentals and The New Leaf.