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.

Announcing a community-wide design contest!

The Jim Toy Community Center is in need of a logo. Submit your designs for a chance to win two tickets to the Spring Dinner featuring Judy Shepard.

Criteria for Judging

  • The scalability of the design
  • Effectiveness in black & white, as well as color
  • Communication of the mission and vision of the organization

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit design with a black & white and a color version to:
  • Do not include signature or identification marks on the design
  • Deadline for submission is midnight,  March 28, 2011
  • Winner will be unveiled at the April 2, 2011  Jim Toy Community Center Spring  Dinner featuring Judy Shepard

Contest Rules

  • Entrants may enter multiple designs
  • The winning submission becomes the property of the Jim Toy Community Center, who will retain full rights to use the winning design in any fashion consistent with the mission of the Jim Toy Community Center now and in perpetuity.
  • No quotes or other plagiarized elements may be used for any text in the logo.
  • No previously copyrighted text or artwork may be used.
  • Entries may not include 3rd party stock photography or video elements.
  • All entries become the property of the Jim Toy Community Center and will not be returned.
  • There will be only one grand prize winner for this contest.
  • The grand prize winner is only entitled to the grand prize, and must sign a release waiving any rights to further compensation.
  • The board of the Jim Toy Community Center reserves the right to make the final selection of the winning design at its complete discretion, is final and is not subject to review or appeal.
  • The grand prize is not redeemable for cash.
  • The Jim Toy Community Center will not be held responsible if the grand prize becomes void. The Jim Toy Community Center will make every effort to award the grand prize winner with a replacement prize, but makes no claim that prize will be of equal value to the voided prize. In some cases, the Jim Toy Community Center may not have the ability to award a replacement grand prize.
  • By entering, the winning entrant agrees that their name and photograph may be used by the Jim Toy Community Center for promotional purposes without further remuneration.
  • The winning entrant will assume all financial obligations for local, state, and federal taxes and all applicable fees.
  • This promotion is void where prohibited by law.

The Jim Toy Community Center (JTCC) is a resource for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (“queer”), and allied residents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and greater Washtenaw County.

Our vision
We envision an inclusive community where people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity are visible and live together in equality, respect and happiness.

Our mission
The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area. JTCC welcomes all who support its mission to participate in its activities.

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