Dollars for Daughters Fundraiser Could Fall on Day of Decision
Back in April, we ran a story about Abby Waller and her campaign to fight for marriage equality, Dollars for Daughters (D4D).
The idea of D4D was conceived by Waller in response to the prejudice she received from her estranged mother after coming out to her as a lesbian. The mission of the organization is to help support other women (and men) who face intolerance from their own family members. D4D helps those in need by raising funds for and promoting other specific causes relevant to the LGBTQ community.
Waller’s initial fundraiser with D4D successfully raised it’s goal of making $1000 to donate to the Freedom to Marry campaign back in April, only a little more than a week after founding D4D.
DOE has been holding events to help raise the funds needed for the various organizations and charities they donate to. In the coming weeks, they will be holding several such events. This month, D4D is donating all proceeds to Equality Virginia.
This Saturday night, June 22, D4D will be holding a private fund-raiser, the “CookOUT for Equality” being held in Waller’s backyard. Being hosted in conjunction with Equality Virginia, both organizations are hoping to raise awareness and in support of marriage equality. Invited to the event are several gay married couples and close friends of Waller and her wife, “We’re going to compile the stories from multiple couples and share with the local media outlets to get the word to say, ‘hey look, these are normal American couples who want their marriages to be recognized the same as anyone else would.’” said Waller.
Dixie Donuts in Carytown is also holding “Pride Donut Week” where they will be selling colorful donuts to show support for the LGBT community and to coincide with the recently federally christened, Pride Month. “Pride Donuts” will be available for $2 each starting Tuesday, June 25. The donuts will then be in the shop all week until Saturday. All the proceeds from those donut sales will be going towards D4D.
Finally, in keeping with their busy schedule, D4D will a dance party, Dance Outreach, Equality (DOE) on Thursday, June 27 at The Portrait House at 2907 West Cary Street. The event has a suggested donation of $5 – $10 which will give you an extended happy hour until 9 pm and certain drink and shooter specials after 9 pm. DJ Ease will be performing.
Amidst all the D4D events and fundraisers being held at the end of this month, the Supreme Court is expected to make their final ruling on both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Speculation is the court will announce next Monday if they will make the final decision on Thursday, June 27, the last day of the court’s term.
The potential the Day of Decision falling on the evening of the DOE event at Portrait House could possibly make the public fundraiser a celebration of new gay marriage rights and a monumental moment for the LGBT community nation wide. “It’s something that I can’t even fathom. For a lot of us it’s been years and years of waiting for something huge to happen,” said Waller. “We don’t know what to expect, we don’t know what the decision will be, but a lot of us are extremely hopeful.”
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