On Thursday, April 18, Mayor Andrew Ginther will join the leaders of Stonewall Columbus in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded community center.
In 2014, Stonewall Columbus embarked upon its first capital campaign after more than 30 years of service to the community. Setting a goal of $3.5 million to renovate its aging community center, Stonewall marshalled volunteers and community leaders to define a new vision and raise funds to make it happen.
The campaign was spearheaded by MJ Hudson, Tom Katzenmeyer, Nancy Kramer and Thomas Grote. More than 24 local leaders comprised the fundraising steering committee, which has raised more than $3.8 million — surpassing the original goal by nearly 10%. Stonewall Columbus recognizes that this success comes as a result of decades of service and relationship-building throughout the community.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will herald the official opening of the 15,000 sq. ft. community center that features several multi purpose rooms, a gallery, private meeting spaces and a rooftop deck. The community is invited to visit and tour the center beginning at 5:30 p.m. on April 18.
Stonewall Columbus was founded in 1981. The goal then was to fight for tolerance, acceptance, and basic human rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we proudly celebrate Columbus as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the United States.
The schedule of events
4:00 p.m. — Donor Reception
4:30 p.m. — Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Mayor Ginther, Founders, Stonewall Board
4:45 p.m. — Presentations
5:30 p.m. — Doors open to community; entertainment by local performers