Friends of YO

Thank You

We believe that no youth – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender expression – should be bullied, harassed or discriminated against because of who they are or are perceived to be.  Thank you for sharing our belief.

Making life better for LGBTQ youth in WNC requires many investors and believers.  Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and foundations – who through financial and in-kind contributions, or professional and community collaborations and partnerships – help Youth OUTright become a better advocate, mentor and supportive friend to LGBTQ youth throughout Western North Carolina.


So, thanks again to our supporters listed below.  (We apologize if your name has been misspelled or inadvertently omitted.  Please contact us at or 828.772.1912 and we will make that correction or if you would prefer to be listed as Anonymous.)

Benefactors ($1,000 +)

A Visual Link
Alliance for Full Acceptance
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund
Asheville Downtown Association/Downtown After Five
Bank of America
Dr. David Berkey & Jack Lowell
Brigid Burns Photography
E. Keith Bramlett & Philip Weast
Carolina Chair Co.
Cathedral of All Souls
Chaddick Foundation
Dr. Clay Eddleman & Richard Cooke
Clarence & Jean Faucett
Linda Faucett & Suzy McKibben
First Congregational Church of Hendersonville
Freeman Foundation
Jennifer Harris & Adrianne Gordon
Adelaide Key & Maggie Smith
Lise Kloeppel
Brian May & Scott Merrill
PLI (Plasticard Locktech International)
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
The Van Winkle Law Firm
Wells Fargo Bank

Patrons ($500 – $999)

Anurja Web Design
Asheville Citizen-Times
Jim Bixby
Vicky Blanche-Young & Kim Mannine
Blind Pig (Moore Creative)
Michael Brodnax & Anthony Schlarb
Charlotte Street Computers/Asheville Community Theatre
Stephen DerMargosian & Matthew Clark
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
Jim Faucett & Gary Giniat
Food Experience
Greenlife/Whole Foods
David Greiner
Ray Griffin & Thom Robinson
Robert Griffin & Ron Clemmer
Ralph Lambert
Dr. Heon Lee
Doug & Pat Jarvis
Harvey Jenkins
Jason Jones
Jubilee Community Church
LEAF Festival
Make Noise
Mountain Xpress
Anneliese Schombs-Fish
Phillip & Patricia Smith
Vicky & Gary Weiner (In memory of Stephan DerMargosian, Sr.)

Partners ($250 – $499)

BoomBoxes, Etc.
Phillip Broughton & David Smith
Brenda Clark & Carol McCrory
Ellen Clarke & John Byrd
James Dennis
Spence & Carol Duin
Ronald English
The Eye Center
Richard Fast
Heather Gallagher
Jerri Goldberg
Stewart Griffin & Raymond O’Neill
Eric Hardy
Jewels That Dance
Christine Kane & Mickey Gamble
Father John E. Merchant
Judy Rudolph & Susan Smith
Toy Boat Community Arts Space
Bernard T. Wall
Wolf Creek Adventures

Supporters ($100 – $249)

In honor of Adelaide Key & Maggie Smith
Shiner Antiorio
Jamarcus Batts
Jennifer Beasley
Susan Blexrud
Blue Ridge Community College Drama Dept. (The Laramie Project)
James Cavener
Jean Cassidy
Joanne & Dudley Cate
Jeffrey Crawford & Guillo Rodriguez
Bray Creech & Dustin Rhodes
Marianna & Timothy Daly
Jenni Davidson
Robert Eaton & James McPherson
Muriel Edens
Eugene & Madelyn Edwards
Mike Figura
David Frechter & David Stewart
Miriam Freeman & Larry Hamilton
Byron Greiner
Stephen Griffin
Veronika Gunter
James Harrison
Burt Hellman
Stephen Hendricks
Lyndi Hewitt & Matthew Corzine
Susan Hill
Jana & Bill Humleker
Patricia James
Richard Janikowski & Phyllis Betts
Patsy Keever
Susan Kettren & Barb Ogle
Jane Kniffin
Bruce Koloseiki
Kelii Krueger
Land of Sky UCC
LeeAnne Mangone
Laura Maynard & Doug Lane
Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café
Manifest Counseling Collective
Lyn McFarland
Eileen McMinn
Sue McPherson
Matthew Menne & Shannon Fields
Doug Michaels
Deborah Miles & Mark Rudow
Sophie Mills
Reverend Jane Nelson
Over the Rainbow
Jack Parsons & Leland Derryberry
PFLAG Flat Rock/Hendersonville
Patricia Robertson
Phyllis Robertson
Lorena Russell & Kathryn Hancock
Lance Scruggs
Randy Siegel
Gordon & Rachael Smith
Ann & Farley Snell
Dot & Joseph Sulock
Heather Talley & Lee Crayton
Pamela Turner
Ultimate Ice Cream
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville/Youth Poetry Slam
Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant
WNC Leathermen
Walton Law Office
Joseph Warnicki
Jude Welsh
Renѐ Wilson & Deborah Richter


Anonymous (4)
In honor of Jules Smith & Milly Morrow
James & Joyce Abeles
David Bailey & Larry Russell
Dale Bartlett & Duke Domingue
Jennifer Beck
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
Harry Brown
Deborah Burns
Catherine Butler
Grace Campbell
Judith Campbell
Russell Cate
Mary Cowal
Fynnn Crooks
Francis Cullinan & Baker Smith
Sonia Doyle
James Dye
Rosie Eisenberg
Jim Engelman & Claire Witherspoon
Epic Theatres of Hendersonville
Rachael & Matthew Fischer
Tony Franco
Full Circle Salon
Robin M. Funsten
Judith Futch & Paul Smith
William Gambacort
Marcia Ghidina
Monroe T. Gilmour
Carol Goins
Randee Goodstadt-Evans & Gary Evans
Grateful Yogi
Neal Greenberg
Murray & Carol Greenspan
Grant Hellyer
Michael Harney
Braden Harvey
Michael Hayes & Mary Scott Hayes
James Hilderbrandt & Don Jettas
John Hilliard
Melissa Himelein
Browne Hollowell
Morgan Jackson
Mary Jennette
Barbara Jane Harden Jones
Marylen Langhart & Diana Quinn
Jody Bennett Light
Mantis Gardens
Joan Maxcy
Miranda Maynard
David McMahan
Rabbi Batsheva Meiri
Melissa Michos & Lynn Hey
Mountain Zen Shiatsu
Neo Burrito
Barbara Panetta
Kim Pegg
Karin Peterson
Wilma Pomerantz
April & David Pryor
Lynn Rapp
Priscilla Rhoades
DiAnna Ritola
Ron Rosenblum
Lori Savage
Amy Schmidt
SisterCare WNC
J. Smith
Elizabeth Snively
Soul Infusion
Martin & Barbara Stickle
Sarah Sullivan
Thomas Sullivan
Michele Tellier
Robert Tomasulo & Mike DiPaola
Leslie Torgow
Ultimate Ice Cream
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville
Carlos Vargas
Tim Wallace & Dale Stacruz
Milton Warden & Carolyn Shorkey
Ann Weber & John J. Quigley
Kathy Weisfeld
Linda Wells
Ashley Westmoreland & Katherine Sloan
Steven Wilson
Richard Woods
Suzette Woten
Cliff Yudell

(Financial and in-kind support since July 2012.)

We are also grateful to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville for providing our youth with a safe and welcoming space for meetings, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville for the use of its facilities for board meetings.  To see the list of WNC’s welcoming and supportive faith-based institutions click here.

Our professional and community partners include:
Asheville City Schools
Asheville Community Theatre
Asheville Police Department
Bele Chere
Blue Ridge Pride
Buncombe County Schools
Caring for Children
Climbmax Indoor Climbing Center
Different Stokes! Performing Arts Collective
Eliada Center
Equality NC
Jewish Community Center of Asheville

Just Us For All
LGBTQ Elder Council
The Mediation Center
MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center)
Our Voice
PFLAG (National)
Contact 828.772.1912 for contact information for Flat Rock/Hendersonville Chapter
Pisgah Legal
UNCA Alliance
UNCA Center for Diversity Education
Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP)
Western North Carolina Community Health Services

Visit Resources & Links for:  crisis and help lines; list of national, state, regional and local LGBTQ organizations; college LGBTQ organizations and clubs; high school gay/straight and diversity clubs; welcoming and supportive faith-based institutions and other information and resources that can help LGBTQ youth and their straight allies, parents, teachers, and friends.   (This page is currently under reconstruction and additional resource links will continue to be added.)

And, we are grateful for our volunteers who facilitate youth meetings, provide staffing at community events, do research, stuff envelopes —- Youth OUTright would not exist without them.  Thank you.


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