Support Region’s LGBT Community Center

By Central Voice

Ben Dunlap, left, and Barbara Darkes, of the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Community board of directors explaining the center's membership program.

Ben Dunlap, left, and Barbara Darkes, of the Central Pennsylvania LGBT Community board of directors explaining the center’s membership program.

The Central Pennsylvania LGBT Community wants YOU.

The center is a self-funded charitable organization. To meet its annual budget, sustained giving through individual memberships is necessary.

“We are a community driven resource with programs touching literally thousands of lives each year,” said center executive director Louie Marven.

“We’re looking for stable, ongoing financial support of our programs,” Marven said. This can be achieved with sustaining memberships of $60 a year that are automatically deducted from a credit card, starting at $15 every third month, for $60 a year.

In addition to maintaining a facility at 1306 N 3rd Street, Harrisburg, the center provides programs that focus on youth, aging and women, in addition to training for non-profit entities and educational institutions. The center is also home to the LGBT History Project, which archives information and resources on the region’s rich lgbt history.

On Feb. 21-22, the center completed its 7th Annual Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit. The popular event offers leadership and skills training to high school and college students who aspire to be the LGBT leaders of tomorrow. The 2014 event set record attendance with 215 high school students and 125 college students for a total of 340.

Members of the LGBT community, allies, and individuals who use center services can support the organization through an annual membership. The center currently has 200 members. The goal is to increase that by 100 additional members by March 31.

A grand finale membership party will be held at the center on March 31, 6-8 p.m. for new and existing members.

Membership Levels
Basic Membership – Red Level includes discounts at participating businesses listed below. Red Levels include
– Individual $60 ($15/quarterly)
– Family $90 (one-time)
– Student $20 (one-time)

Yellow Level – $120 ($10/mo) includes discounts plus listing in Annual Report and other event programs.

Green Level – $240 ($20/mo) includes prior level benefits plus an exclusive member reception.

Blue Level – $600 ($50/mo) includes prior level benefits plus one free ticket to FAB 2014.

Purple Level – $1,200 ($100/mo) includes prior level benefits plus a private dinner party.

Participating Businesses

Dunn Law 10% discount on estate planning document packages listed at
Contact: (717) 503-1207 |
Applies to members and significant other only. Only applies to estate planning packages, not other legal services.

Ernest Fontaine, DDS 15% off services
Contact: (717) 564-1310 |
Applies to member and member’s partner.

Garretson Tile Company 10% off ceramic tile and subsequent 5% off on installation
Contact: (717) 334-4617 |

Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches
Receive coupons upon joining Center membership program.

j.a. sharp Custom Jeweler 10% off items in store
Contact: (717) 295-9661 |
Applies to member only. Limited to finished goods in store. Does not apply to repairs or custom orders.

Lancaster Arts Hotel 20% off any suite (loft, arts, presidential)
Contact: (717) 299-3000 |
Hotel use only. Based on availability. Some black-out dates may apply.

Posh Studio 15% discount on photography services
Contact: (717) 222-1077 |
Not valid with any other offers. No cash out value or cash value. Center member must be present.


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