Harvey Milk’s bravery is just as significant today as it was when he became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States in 1977. In his honor, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh LGBTQ+ Resource Center will host the ninth-annual Harvey Milk LGBTQ+ Scholarship Dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Reeve Memorial Union ballroom.
The dinner will not only celebrate the courage and spirit of Harvey Milk, whose activism set an example of the crucial connection between education and social change, but also supports all members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community while raising funds for student scholarships.
Liz Cannon, LGBTQ+ Resource Center director, said the event allows them to provide up to two $2,500 scholarships each year to help ensure the academic success of LGBTQ+ student leaders.
“As with our LGBTQ+ Ally March, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ+ Scholarship Dinner is an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies to come together and think seriously about what we need to do together to create a truly inclusive country and how we can support our emerging LGBTQ+ leaders who will take us into the future,” Cannon said. “Attending the dinner shows your support for the LGBTQIA+ community, but donating to the scholarship fund through our silent auction and your direct contributions to the scholarship fund shows your support for our LGBTQIA+ student leaders.”
This year’s keynote speaker will be Elle Halo, a new member to the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission Select Committee on Inclusive Restrooms for City of Milwaukee Buildings and the Community Advisory Board for Peer Support Specialists with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person. Tables of eight can be purchased for $400. The dinner will include a silent auction for the Harvey Milk Scholarship Fund. Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card or at Titan Central in Reeve Union.
For more information, contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (920) 424-3465.