Metro Weekly

Celebrating The Center

Center fundraiser a success

Gathering Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Columbia Heights home of prominent D.C. couple Donald Hitchcock and Paul Yandura, members and supporters of The Center, the area’s GLBT community center, celebrated that entity’s ongoing evolution with an annual fall reception.

Aside from serving as a pivotal fundraising event for The Center, the reception also served as an opportunity to recognize three local activists for their ongoing commitment to the community, in various ways, with The Center’s distinguished service awards: Wallace Corbett, Kathleen Debold and Ken South.

On a more practical note, The Center’s acting Executive Director David Mariner says more than $7,000 was raised at the reception.

”For The D.C. Center, that’s a great amount,” says Mariner. ”For me, it’s a signal that there are a lot of folks behind us. That’s very encouraging.”

With the bulk of 2008 a memory, The Center may start looking to 2009, November of which will mark the end of their current lease for office space near Thomas Circle. Backers of The Center have often spoken about the need for space more conducive of community interaction.

”We’re excited to start next year — likely the year that we relocate,” says Mariner. ”It’s something we’re ready to take on.”

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