An Evening with Judy Shepard—Saturday, April 2, 2011

Join us for an inspiring and empowering evening with Judy Shepard.

Requested donation for the dinner is $85. A donation of $50 will sponsor a graduate student’s participation in the dinner. The donation to be named an Honorary Chair, which includes one dinner ticket, is $150. The donation for Host Committee status, which includes two dinner tickets at the head table, is $500.

Dinner – $85 Donation*


Host Committee – $500 Donation*


Honorary Chair – $150 Donation*


Graduate Student Sponsor – $50 Donation*


Suggested donation for those attending the speech but not the dinner is $5, payable by cash or check at the door.

Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safe for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression.

On Saturday evening, April 2, activist Judy Shepard will keynote a fundraiser at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business to benefit Ann Arbor’s Jim Toy Community Center. Sponsored in cooperation with the Ross School’s LGBT student group, “Out for Business,” the evening will include a 6:00 pm banquet followed by Shepard’s address at 8:00 pm.

In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew, a University of Wyoming student, to an anti-gay hate murder that stunned the nation. Determined to prevent her son’s fate from befalling others, she established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on his legacy.

The 6:00 p.m. dinner and program will be held in the Ross School’s 6th floor Colloquium. Long-time LGBTA activist Jim Toy will be honored with the establishment of a life-time achievement award named for him.

At 8:00 p.m., Judy Shepard will speak in the Ross School’s Blau Auditorium. High school group Riot Youth will perform a theater piece entitled “Gayrilla.” Chris Armstrong, University of Michigan Student Assembly President, will be recognized for his courageous behavior in the face of a personal harassment campaign by a former Assistant State Attorney General, which drew national attention.

The main door to the Ross Business School is at 701 Tappan, between Hill and Monroe Streets in Ann Arbor. In addition to valet parking, the business school parking structure is around the corner on Hill Street. It is open without charge beginning at 5 p.m. that afternoon.

Please note: in order to comply with University regulations for the serving of alcohol, your donation cannot be recorded as the purchase of a meal that includes alcohol. However, in light of your donation, before you attend Judy Shepard’s 8 p.m. presentation, you will be served a 6 p.m. meal including alcohol at no charge.

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