After two years in operation, the Ogden branch of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is ready to expand. The group already attracts up to 60 people to the monthly meetings, and now a fundraiser is in the works to help expand the organization and start a scholarship fund, said Allison Black, the group’s president. The first fundraising dinner will be held Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at Rovali’s, 174 25th Street in Ogden. Admission is $25 which includes dinner, a drink and dessert. Local businesses are also donating items to a silent auction.
“Ogden PFLAG serves a very unique purpose. Along with all the parents and family members, we get a lot of LGBT youth at our meetings,” Black said. “It’s one of the few places to go in Ogden where they can feel comfortable.”
The monthly meetings usually include speakers or discussions, but the focus is always to keep an open dialogue where people can express opinions, Black said. Speakers are invited but don’t control the meeting. Instead, the group is used as a discussion area and avoids getting involved in politics, she said.
Along with the scholarship fund, Ogden PFLAG has participated in other charitable projects, and last winter the group collected blankets for the women’s shelter.
“We want to have a safe space for everyone to come and find out more information as well as be themselves,” Black said. “But without community support, we can’t do any of it.”
Tickets to the fundraising dinner may be purchased the evening of the event. For more information or to donate an item to the silent auction, go to OgdenPFLAG.org or email [email protected].