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The Matthew Shepard Foundation Presents: Bear to Make a Difference

The Bear to Make a Difference Gala is an opportunity for community members, civic leaders and corporate partners to come together to support the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and those who share our commitment to a future free from hate.

For almost two decades, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has been a unique voice in the movement for LGBT equality. You may know that my husband Dennis and I started the Foundation in 1998 to honor the life of our son Matt, with a mission to “replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.” Since then, steady progress has been made towards a future where equal rights prevail for all, and we won’t stop until they do.

An important piece of the Foundation’s work each year is joining together with you at our annual Gala to recognize the work of individuals and organizations alike that have made significant contributions to promoting those core values of understanding, compassion and acceptance in their work and in their lives.

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