Saginaw Valley holds first-ever Pride Awards

By |2018-01-16T03:07:12-05:00June 11th, 2009|News|

A dynamic evening is planned for the first Saginaw Valley LGBT Pride Awards Banquet on 6 p.m. June 17 at Saginaw’s Andersen Enrichment Center.
The event will include a social reception with complimentary wine and appetizers, followed by dinner and a pride program and awards ceremony.
Prominent attendees will include Michigan Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, and Triangle Foundation Executive Director Alicia Skillman will be the event’s guest speaker.
Awardees are many, including activists, politicians and businessowners.
Barbara and the late Richard Kormelink, co-founders of the PFLAG Tri-Cities chapter, will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the highest award given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to help gain a better life for LGBT people and who has demonstrated effectiveness at reaching the goal for equality, fairness and justice for all LGBT community.
Tom Brubaker will be presented with the Unity Award, given to an individual who demonstrates the ability to cooperatively work with a multitude of organizations and individuals for the overall betterment of our community.
Garnet Lewis will receive the Political Award, given to an outstanding leader who has worked to improve the quality for LGBT people through the political or electoral process.
Robb Wiersumm of The Mixx Nightclub and Metro Grille will receive the Business Award, given to a business that has contributed its share of support to the success and progress of the LGBT community.
Rev. Rebecca M. Dunn will be honored with the Pride Award, given to an LGBT individual who has shown outstanding pride in his/her life and through their advocacy of community pride may be deemed a role model for other LGBT people.
Jim Kleinsorge will get the Volunteer Award for going far beyond the call of duty of volunteering their time and resources to our organizations and efforts that benefit the LGBT community.
Lastly, Glenn T. Madigan II will be given the Rising Star Award as an individual who is a newcomer to the community and who has demonstrated outstanding potential to become a leader and supporter of or within the LGBT community.
Seating will be limited. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at, or by calling 989-891-1429.

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