Bob first came to the Center in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when the Center was located on West 29th. He participated in a coming out party and soon after he donated catering services for the 1994 and 1995 Garden Parties. In 2008, Bob joined the Center’s Board of Directors and he has served on the Board for 10 years. In 2009, Bob helped to create an ongoing culinary program for the youth program at the Center in which the group created a meal together once a week, followed by dinner and conversation. Throughout his many years of service with the Center, Matt has been Bob’s greatest emotional support.
On top of the years of volunteer service, Bob and Matt have also been longtime donors: “The main inspiration to give is simply the ability to be in a position to give. We have great family, home, work and social lives; seeing people in need seems like an easy reason to offer support be it financial, educational or time and energy!” Bob and Matt also support the Human Rights Campaign, the Stonewall Democrats, and LGBT political candidates, and Matt is involved with the Diversity Council at the Cleveland Clinic.
“Our hope is that the new LGBT Center is a dynamic epicenter for the Gordon Square Community as a great neighbor, community partner, business incubator, service resource for those groups that have relied on the Center for the last 40+ years.In particular, we hope to expand on the Youth and Senior Culinary Program with a well-appointed kitchen.”
Thank you Bob and Matt!
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