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.)


Honor of E. Keith Bramlett & Philip Weast
Honor of Janet Bull & Gail Fitzgerald
Honor of Brenda Clark & Carol McCrory
Honor of Mari-Jean Faucett
Honor of Gregory Hinson & Peter D’Angio
Honor of Sharon Rohrer
Honor of Tucker Schombs
Honor of John Semingson & Keith Cole
Honor of Jules Smith & Milly Morrow

Memory of Stephan DerMargosian, Sr.
Memory of Adelaide Daniel Key
Memory of Luke Deal
Memory of Joan Martin
Memory of Rocco Patt
Memory of Marlene Perry

Benefactors ($1,000 +)
A Visual Link
Alliance for Full Acceptance
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund
Asheville Downtown Association/Downtown After Five
Dr. David Berkey & Jack Lowell
Brigid Burns Photography
E. Keith Bramlett & Philip Weast
Carolina Chair Co.
Cathedral of All Souls
The Chaddick Foundation
Community Foundation of Henderson County, General Grant
Community Foundation of Henderson County, Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund
Daniela Mandel Fund
Stephen DerMargosian & Matthew Clark
Dr. Clay Eddleman & Richard Cooke
Clarence & Mari-Jean Faucett
Linda Faucett & Suzy McKibben
Food Experience
Freeman Foundation
Jennifer Harris & Adrianne Gordon
Christine Kane & Mickey Gamble
Lise Kloeppel
Brian May & Scott Merrill
PLI (Plasticard Locktech International)
Maggie Smith
TD Charitable Foundation
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville
Wells Fargo Bank

Patrons ($500 – $999)
Anurja Web Design
Asheville Citizen-Times
Bank of America
Bank of America Matching Gift Program
Jim Bixby
Vicky Blanche-Young & Kim Mannine
Michael Brodnax & Anthony Schlarb
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
Jim Faucett & Gary Giniat
First Congregational Church of Hendersonville
David Greiner
Ray Griffin & Thom Robinson
Ralph Lambert
Dr. Heon Lee
Metro Wines
Doug & Pat Jarvis
Jubilee Community Church
LEAF Festival
Make Noise
Mission Health
Mountain Xpress
Anneliese Schombs-Fish

Partners ($250 – $499)
Phillip Broughton & David Smith
Charlotte Street Computers/Asheville Community Theatre
Brenda Clark & Carol McCrory
Ellen Clarke & John Byrd
James Dennis
Spence & Carol Duin
Ronald English
Richard Fast
Robert Griffin & Ron Clemmer
Stewart Griffin & Raymond O’Neill
Eric Hardy
Harvey Jenkins
Jewels That Dance
Make Noise
Father John E. Merchant
Kent Mettle
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Judy Rudolph & Susan Smith
Lorena Russell & Kathryn Hancock
Phillip & Patricia Smith
Gina Trippi
Toy Boat Community Arts Space
Bernard T. Wall
Wolf Creek Adventures

Supporters ($100 – $249)
Shiner Antiorio
Renee Baker & Anne Marshall
Jamarcus Batts
Jennifer Beasley
Ken Betsalel & Heidi Kelley
Susan Blexrud
Blue Ridge Community College Drama Dept. (The Laramie Project)
Chris Brouwer
Joanne & Dudley Cate
James Cavener
Jean Cassidy
Yvonne Cook-Riley
Jeffrey Crawford
Bray Creech & Dustin Rhodes
Marianna & Timothy Daly
Jenni Davidson
Mike Di Paola
Robert Eaton & James McPherson
Muriel Edens & Michael Oppenhein
Mike Figura
David Frechter & David Stewart
Byron Greiner
Stephen Griffin
Veronika Gunter
Larry Hamilton
James Harrison
Grant Hellyer & Carl Gibbons
Stephen Hendricks
Lyndi Hewitt & Matthew Corzine
Highland Brewing Company
Susan Hill
Jana & Bill Humleker
Patricia James
Richard Janikowski & Phyllis Betts
Jason Jones
Patsy Keever
Susan Kettren & Barb Ogle
Alfred King & Kenneth Thornton
Bruce Koloseiki
Kelii Krueger
Land of Sky UCC
Laura & Doug Lane
Peter Mangone
Cordelia Mayer
Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café
Manifest Counseling Collective
Lyn McFarland
Paula McKenna
Eileen McMinn
Sue McPherson
Doug Michaels
Deborah Miles & Mark Rudow
Sophie Mills
Over the Rainbow
Chad Parker & Robert Weed
Jack Parsons & Leland Derryberry
Karin Peterson
PFLAG Flat Rock/Hendersonville
Patricia Robertson
Amy Schmidt
Lance Scruggs
Randy Siegel
Peter Smith
Philip & Patricia Smith
Ann & Farley Snell
William & Jane Stanhope
Rachel Stein
Dot & Joseph Sulock
Heather Laine Talley
Lee Crayton
Tryon Distributing
Pamela Turner
Ultimate Ice Cream
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville/Youth Poetry Slam
Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant
WNC Leathermen
Tim Wallace & Dale Stacruz
Walton Law Office
Milton Warden & Carolyn Shorkey
Joseph Warnicki
Vicky & Gary Weiner
Jude Welsh
Todd Wheeler & Chris M. Smith
Renѐ Wilson & Deborah Richter


Anonymous (4)
James & Joyce Abeles
David Bailey & Larry Russell
Banks Mountain Farm
Jennifer Beck
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
Dennie Boettcher
Ellen Brosbe
Harry Brown
Bruisin’ Ales
Deborah Burns
Catherine Buttler
Ian Cage
Grace Campbell
Judith Campbell
Suzanne Carlin
Russell Cate
Richard Clodfetter & Ron Joyner
Teresa Connell & Leigh Ann Peterson
Lianie Covington
Francis Cullinan & Baker Smith
Sonia Doyle
James Dye
Rosie Eisenberg
Jim Engelman & Claire Witherspoon
Epic Theatres of Hendersonville
Elizabeth Eve & Kathryn Cartledge
The Eye Center/Paul Endry
Johanna Finkelstein
Curry First
Dick Fischer
Philip Fleet
Joan Foster
Tony Franco
Full Circle Salon
Robin M. Funsten
Judith Futch & Paul Smith
William Gambacort
Cynthia Gavin & Gail Fitzgerald
Marcia Ghidina
Monroe T. Gilmour
Carol Goins
Randee Goodstadt-Evans & Gary Evans
Grateful Yogi
Ann Harris
Braden Harvey
Michael Hayes & Mary Scott Hayes
James Hilderbrandt & Don Jettas
John & Jane Hilliard
Browne Hollowell
Anne Houle
Carole Huston & Dr. Annette Martin
Ingles Store #5
Morgan Jackson
Barbara Jane Harden Jones
Carolyn Kayne
Kristen Ketcham & Natalie Bushman
Marylen Langhart & Diana Quinn
Katie Levy
Ron & Linda Larsen
Julie Lehman & Michael Poulos
Sandra Lemke
Jody Bennett Light
Make Up @ the Grove Arcade
Mantis Gardens
Jasmin Martinez & Kirsten Campbell
Joan Maxcy
Judith McClain
Merrimon Florist
Melissa Michos & Lynn Hey
Mountain Zen Shiatsu
Neo Burrito
Noel Nickle
Barbara Panetta
Rebecca Petruck
Sarah Pickens
Wilma Pomerantz
Ilene Procida
April & David Pryor
Lynn Rapp
Beverly Reddick
Pat Scherer & Sylvia Pardo
Amy Schmidt
Katherine Sloan
SisterCare WNC
Judith Smith
Gordon & Rachael Smith
Lee Ann Smith
Elizabeth Snively
Soul Infusion
Marsha Springs
Martin & Barbara Stickle
Chloe Stuber
Sarah Sullivan
Thomas Sullivan
Michele Tellier
Robert Tomasulo & Mike DiPaola
Leslie Torgow
UNCA Drama Department
Carlos Vargas
Cathy & Jim Walgenbach
Carolyn Wallace
Ann Weber & John J. Quigley
Kathy Weisfeld
Linda Wells
Ashley Westmoreland & Katherine Sloan
Mary Ruth Willis
Richard Woods
Suzette Wote
(Financial and in-kind support since April 2013.)



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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