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

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


were the most profitable in its 32-year history, generating $120,000 for the Gay Games LGBT Legacy Fund at the

and $27,000 for the Gay Community Endowment Fund of


The Games released its final numbers at the "2014 Gay Games Lessons and Legacies" panel discussion hosted by

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.


"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

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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