Miami Beach Gay Pride Supports LGBTQ Students


Presentation of $7,500 to Point Foundation for Higher Education Scholarships

Miami Beach Gay Pride representatives present Point Foundation scholarship recipients with a $7,500 check to support higher education scholarships. Pictured from left: Jeff Giordano, Pride Board of Directors; Point Community College Scholarship Program recipients Tremaine Jones and Daffodyle Saget; Dave Cook, Pride Executive Director; and Richard Murry Pride Board of Directors. Photo Credit: Stephen R. Lang/Point Foundation

Recognizing that educational achievement is critical for the LGBTQ community to achieve and defend equality, Miami Beach Gay Pride has donated $7,500 to Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. This is the second consecutive year Miami Beach Gay Pride has made a generous donation to Point Foundation. The donation was celebrated at a VIP reception on Saturday, October 21, at a private residence in Miami Beach.

“Miami Beach Gay Pride is all about celebrating community,” said Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride board of directors. “In alignment with that mission is the commitment to give back to the community and we are proud to be able to do so by contributing to the scholarship program at Point Foundation. By fostering education, we help cultivate the next generation of LGBTQ individuals.”“A truly proud and strong community is one that invests in helping its young people reach their potential,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Miami Beach Gay Pride’s generous support of Point’s scholarships and programs sends a message to LGBTQ youth that their community cares about them and about creating a better future for all.”

About Miami Beach Gay Pride: Miami Beach Gay Pride brings together members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, their friends, allies, and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ community. Miami Beach Gay Pride organizes free, safe, quality, mass-appeal events that are open to all, including the annual parade and festival. Additionally, Miami Beach Gay Pride produces educational, cultural and entertainment events and activities throughout the year and sanctions official Pride-related events in order to create a truly celebratory experience for the whole community.

About Point Foundation: Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training. Point Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit and has awarded approximately 400 scholarships since 2002.

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