|Me with the husband - April 20, 2014|
Since our wedding - actually even before it - the husband and I have been showered with congratulations and gifts for which we are most grateful. The trend continued last night when we had dinner at the Hampton Yacht Club and had many people come over to extend congratulations - on April 13th we had been featured in a Daily Press story, so our impending wedding was very well advertised, if you will - and again, the husband and I have been very touched. Gifts have ranged from cash (which is always nice) to beautiful gifts. In talking about it, the husband and I have come up with another way in which friends - or readers - can extend us wedding congratulations: make a tax deductible donation to the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar/HRBOR Scholarship. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation which administers the scholarship has created a special direct link for donations which is here. On the link page, the following statement appears:
Thank you for donating to the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar HRBOR Scholarship. The endowed scholarship fund was started in 2011 at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation by Michael Hamar in memory of his parents and in honor of Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR), an LGBT chamber of commerce. The permanent scholarship fund helps self-identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students attend college. Scholarship recipients must be from high schools in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach. Donations to the scholarship fund will help it grow so it can help even more students go to college. (my emphasis)
The husband and I are strong believers in making a difference. Yes, the scholarship honors my late parents and HRBOR, but the real goal is to help change lives. With far too many LGBT youth still finding themselves disowned by their families - something that I hope will begin to change - the need for financial assistance is stark. The scholarship also helps students from families unable to provide much financial support.
If you feel moved to do so, consider making a gift to the scholarship fund. Every little bit helps grow the endowment and help more LGBT youth as time goes by. Thank you for being readers and thank you to those who contribute.
|George and Marion Hamar - Wedding June 3, 1950|