Friday, June 13, 2014
MetroHealth, George Gund Foundation Contribute $50K to 2014 Gay Games
MetroHealth, The George Gund Foundation and the 2014 Gay Games announced Thursday the creation of a $50,000 scholarship fund to boost the participation of under-represented groups in this August’s Gay Games.
The fund, which will encourage additional registration of young adults and the elderly, ethnic/racial minorities and transgender individuals, is the largest of its kind in the 32-year history of the Gay Games.
Thursday’s reception also recognized various groups within the community for their leadership on LGBT issues, including Dr. Douglas VanAuken, Dr. Henry Ng and the MetroHealth Pride Clinic, Ohio’s only LGBT-dedicated health clinic.
"This is one of the few times I've been caught without words," Dr. Ng remarked upon receiving his award.
Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System, delivered the keynote address, following a year in which he helped ensure that domestic partners of MetroHealth employees receive benefits. He noted Thursday that he'd like to see more health systems take MetroHealth's lead in establishing LGBT-dedicated clinics.
“MetroHealth is committed to inclusion and diversity. We are a proud supporter of Cleveland’s LGBT community and of the 2014 Gay Games,” Dr. Boutros said. “We are excited to welcome people from all over the world and showcase our great city."
The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation is an international sporting and cultural event that occurs every four years. The Games invite participation from everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, age, religion, athletic ability or health status. More than 35 sports, cultural and social events will take place August 9-16 in venues around Cleveland and Akron as part of the Games. More than 20,000 participants and guests are expected to attend.
As part of MetroHealth’s partnership with the 2014 Gay Games, two VIP tickets to the Opening Ceremony at Quicken Loans Arena were given out in a drawing at Thursday’s reception. Pediatrician Kristin Kaelber, MD, won the tickets.
The event was hosted by MetroHealth’s Gay-Straight Alliance and drew approximately 100 guests.