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Gay Games donates nearly $150K to northeast Ohio LGBT funds

The ninth Gay Games were the most profitable in its 32-year history, which is why the organization donated nearly $150,000 to northeast Ohio foundations. (Source: WOIO) The ninth Gay Games were the most profitable in its 32-year history, which is why the organization donated nearly $150,000 to northeast Ohio foundations. (Source: WOIO)
NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - The ninth Gay Games were the most profitable in its 32-year history, generating $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

The Games released its final numbers at the "2014 Gay Games Lessons and Legacies" panel discussion hosted by The City Club on Thursday. The donations represent the net profit from the Games. The events in Cleveland and Akron have become the most profitable in Games history.


View the full report of Gay Games 9 by the numbers.

"The ability to give back to the community is a testament to the Gay Games 9 board's leadership, which placed importance on operating in a fiscally responsible manner, as well as the tremendous corporate and individual donor support," said Gay Games 9 executive director Tom Nobbe.

Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, explained that when the Cleveland Foundation decided to become the first presenting sponsor in Gay Games history, it also made the commitment to launch the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund in partnership with Gay Games 9. 

"We're thrilled the fund is able to launch with such a significant donation from the Games themselves. It's a great continuation of our century-long commitment to social justice in our community and we're excited to have the fund grow and make a difference in Greater Cleveland," said Richard.

The Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund of the Cleveland Foundation will help extend the environment of inclusion and diversity created as a result of the hard work these past four years to build a welcome community for thousands of LGBT athletes, allies and supporters who came to the region for this significant global event. The permanent endowment will support grantmaking, in combination with other available funds at the Cleveland Foundation, to organizations, programs and services that positively impact and support the LGBT community. People can contribute to the fund at any time by donating online.

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