Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Contributions to LGBT life honored

NORTH HAVEN - State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and state Comptroller Nancy Wyman joined the New Haven Pride Center at its recent 7th annual Dorothy Awards, center officials said in a statement.
The center was formerly called the New Haven Gay & Lesbian Community Center.
The event was sponsored by Day Pitney LLP, Yale University, Metroline Magazine, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital, United Illuminating Co., and Miya’s Sushi, the statement said. The event, which 220 attended, featured a "special presentation of official citations from the state of Connecticut by Wyman to the evening’s honorees in recognition of their service to the state of Connecticut," the statement said
The center’s Dorothy Awards honor members of the LGBT community who have made a significant contribution to local LGBT life. This year, honorees included: Dena Castricone, founder and president of CABO, the state’s LGBT chamber of commerce; Leif Mitchell, co-chair of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Connecticut and a member of GLSEN’s National Advisory Council and National Training Team; Michael Morand, associate vice president of Yale University for New Haven and State Affairs; and the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for other state organizations, the statement said.
Frank DeMayo, who "performed crowd-pleasing versions of popular songs that he ”made his own” for the evening," acted as host for the event, the statement said.

In and photo, l to r, are Honoree Dena Castricone [CABO], Wyman, Blumenthal, Honoree Mark Campbell [Imperial Sovereign Court], Honoree Michael Morand [Yale], Honoree Leif Mitchell [GLSEN])

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