One N Ten Celebrates 25 YearsFebruary 13, 2018
The FRESH Brunch held February 11th welcomed 1,225 guests to the Arizona Biltmore to celebrate one n ten’s 25 years of serving LGBTQ youth through a variety of support services and programs. With humble beginnings in a garage, it has now grown to serve youth ages 11-24 across the Valley and with satellites across the state. The organization celebrated its past successes and honored the just retired executive director, Linda Elliott with the Babe Caylor Individual Award for the significant advances she made in supporting youth, creating and growing housing, education, a youth center and mentoring programs, among other celebrated achievements. It also featured Nate Rhoton as its new leader who will be working to build an even broader reach into the community.
Fry’s Food & Drug Stores received the Corporate Leadership Award and Robinson Maynes was honored with the Nora Gustavsson Volunteer Spirit Award.
Honorary Co-Chairs, Billie Jo Herberger and Oscar De la salas, and event co-chairs, Donna Rose and Rick McCartney, welcomed the hundreds of one∙n∙ten supporters to raise thousands of dollars – still being tallied - to keep programs like Q High and OUTdoor! Camp going and growing. With special help from auctioneer and community champ Letitia Frye, it appears this is the most successful event in the organizations history.
Interview with Rocco Menaguale
What was Rocco's inspiration
one n ten's life-saving Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention Program served as the inspiration for the sculpture called The Persistence of Vigor. It inspired the theme for the event. Artist Rocco Menaguale invited the youth to share their personal sources of strength, which were written on each feather. He found it incredibly inspiring to see the abundance of sources of strength they submitted and that those sources were often quite simple but very important to their wellness and noted “We sometimes forget that support is all around us and we are not alone.”
How long did it take Rocco?
The development of the piece too more than 90 hours, including the support of six volunteers helping Rocco. Travis Shumake with one n ten played a key role in helping it take shape.
What does Rocco expect the impact to be
Rocco: My hope is that the sculpture serves to not only exhibit the youth's sources of strength but to serve as a reminder to all of us of the sources within our own lives. The sculpture celebrates empowerment and reminds us that we are surrounded by positivity that creates a tidal wave of love and vigor. The reactions I received from the event were incredibly positive. Attendees who approached me were moved by the sources of strength and found them uplifting. My hope is that every time one see's a feather they are reminded of their own sources of strength within them.
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