Annual Fundraiser

Annual Fundraiser

The LGBTQA Commission is pleased to invite you to our Eighth Annual Reception on Friday, March 18 at 5PM. The evening will begin at the Barn at Boone’s Dam with a light refreshments followed by an awards presentation and silent auction. Tickets are $30.00 each and include creative appetizers, beer, and wine. Payment may be made by Cash, Check, or Credit/Debit card.

If you need to discuss accommodations for a sight, hearing, or physical disability or have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Resource Center at

Please join us for an evening of celebration!

To RSVP, please click the button below and complete the online form.

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Please note, due to university policy, current Bloomsburg University undergraduate students and persons under 21 years of age are not permitted to attend the event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Host Committee

We would like to express our appreciation to this year's Host Committee. Their generous donation offsets the cost of the reception venue and refreshment purchases.

  • Ethan Krupp & Christina Francis
  • David A. Miller
  • Gretchen Osterman
  • Luke Schmick & Trevor Palmatier
  • Anna Turnage
  • Jason Godeke
  • Ginny Larson & John Motyka
  • Brett McLaurin & Sue Ei
  • Kathleen Wislock
  • Jean Downing & Pete Gatski
  • Donald Young
  • Michael Martin
  • Jeffrey & Jacklyn Leitzel
  • Mark L. Usry & Antonio Marrero
  • Craig Young & Ammon Ripple
  • Beth Rogowsky
  • Amy Cunningham & Matt Fahy

If you would like to join the host committee, please make that selection within the online RSVP form.

Additional Sponsors

We would also like to express our appreciation to the following people and organizations who's generous donations to the silent auction and education fund support our initiatives throughout the year.

  • Heather Feldhaus
  • Berwick Brewing Company

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express Bloomsburg, 14 Mitchell Drive, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 for a nightly rate of $99 plus tax. To book your room:

  • Visit the hotel website and use the Group Code "LSR"
  • or, call (570) 387-6702 and specify that you are attending the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Fundraiser Reception.

Rooms are limited and this reduced rate expires on March 4, book early!

Silent Auction Items

Visit Easy Fundraising Ideas

We're always accepting gifts for the Silent Auction! Money raised supports LGBTQA Commission sponsored events and the student award honorarium.

If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact the LGBTQA Resource Center.

Check out the Facebook Event for a taste of this year's auction items!


  • Lomo Saltado Style Marinated Chicken
  • Beef Empanadas with Pear Mojo Sauce
  • Nacho Bar with Vegetarian Chili
  • Vegetable and Cheese Display
  • Miniature Flan

A selection of wines including:

  • 2013 Mendoza - Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda - Argentina
  • 2011 Red Blend - Urban Maule - Chile
  • 2014 Malbec - Entrada - Chile
  • 2013 Torrontes - Tilia - Argentina
  • 2014 Sauvignon Blanc - Sierra Cruz - Chile
  • 2015 Chardonnay - Cousino-Macul - Chile


The evening's entertainment will be provided by George Chamuris & Steve Gilliland.


The LGBTQA Commission welcomes submissions for the annual awards recognizing individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQA community.

The Student Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the LGBTQA community during the past year by a student and includes an honorarium. Please note, beginning with the 2016 events, the student award will be presented at the annual Lavender Graduation ceremony, not during the fundraiser reception.

The Faculty/Staff Award is given in recognition of outstanding dedication and support of the LGBTQA community at Bloomsburg University. This individual's actions contributed to the creation or improvement of an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate on BU’s campus.

The Community Member Award is given in recognition of contributions made by a local community member who has worked to create a collaborative and inclusive presence in our local Bloomsburg community.

Nominations for the 2016 Awards are now open. To nominate an individual, please complete the online Nomination Form.

Past Award Recipients

Year Student Award Faculty/Staff Award Community Award
2009 Andrew Stout
Elena Brobyn-Navarro
James Mackin
Cheryl A. John
Marjorie A. Menaul
2010 Ashley M. Ryman Alicia King Redfern
Jason Godeke
Caring Communities for AIDS
2011 Anndei Varun Julie Vandivere Gretchen Osterman
2012 Aud Traher Mark Usry Craig Young
2013 Megan Paul Jean Downing
Gloria Cohen-Dion
Dan Knorr
2014 Naasik Fuller Christina Francis Sally Meyer
2015 Karli Jayne Miller Jonathan Lincoln Dwayne Heisler


2016 Facebook Event

2015 Facebook Event

2014 Facebook Event

2013 Photo Album

2012 Photo Album

2010 Photo Album

2009 Photo Album


RSVP form

Award Nomination Form

In-Kind Gift Form

Donation Request Letter

Event Planning Committee

  • Gretchen Osterman - Committee Chair
  • Lissa Clark
  • Jean Downing
  • Karen Davis
  • Monica Johnson
  • Asa Kelley
  • David Miller
  • Karen Neese
  • Ginny Larson
  • Beth Rogowski
  • Brad Swenson
  • Caryn Terwilliger
  • Craig Young

If you would like to join the planning committee, please contact Gretchen Osterman.