2nd Annual Saginaw Valley LGBT Pride Awards Banquet

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Andersen Enrichment Center

6 pm – Reception- wine & appetizers

                                    7 pm – Dinner catered by The Savoy Grill

                                    8 pm – Program: Awards & Speaker


Speaker: Jay Kaplan, ACLU Atty.

                          “Michigan Supreme Court and LGBT Equality”

“Gay is Good” was coined by Frank Kameny in 1968 by a famous activist and the first gay out candidate for Congress.

2010 Pride Award Recipients

Richard – Lifetime Achievement Award

    Richard helped found local chapters of Dignity (1984), Wellness Networks (1988), and PFLAG Tri-Cities (1990); long involved with HIV/AIDS work including helping to bring the AIDS Quilt to the Tri-Cities; and planning and fundraising many local LGBT events since the mid-1980’s.



 The Savoy Grill – Business Award (Steve West & Jim Atwood) 

    The Savoy Grill is a local, popular, and gay-owned restaurant. Proprietors Steve West and Jim Atwood have created one of best kept secrets in downtown Saginaw. The Savoy Grill has generously donated money, time and spirit to the LGBT community.  They served dinner in the 2009 Pride Banquet and we are excited to honor them in the 2010 Pride Banquet — and they will still serve us again.






 Former State Rep Andy Coulouris – Political Award

    Former Saginaw city council member and State Rep., Andy has supported LGBT equality thru proposed bills in Lansing: second-parent adoption, Matt’s Law (anti-bullying) , and adding the words “sexual orientation, gender identity and expression” in Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act – it would stop legal discrimination against LGBT people.  Andy was never embarrassed to fight for equality.




 Dr. Charissa Urbano – Pride Award 

    “Charis” is a Professor of Biology and Director, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence in Delta College where she has established talking points of The Genetics of Homosexuality.  She has presented and published LGBT issues at state and national conferences and workshops. Charis speaks on behalf of GLBT faculty/staff regarding same-sex benefits and was co-chair in the development of Prism, the campus organization for GLBT faculty/staff/ students. Charis is a model of Pride.





 Tim Atkinson – Volunteer Award

  Tim maintained an informative website for local GLBT people long before Perceptions existed and continues to serve as the webmaster for Perceptions.  He conceived and organized the efforts to establish the Perceptions Endowed Scholarship Fund – presently nearly $16,000. He devotes countless hours of planning, volunteering, and organizing events and activities.  Tim’s service as a volunteer is unparalleled.






 Fred Eland – Rising Star Award

    Fred is a newcomer in the community and “came out” within the last year. Fred is very friendly, personable, and always willing to lend a hand when needed.  He has been a great help to Perceptions and has become involved in many of our projects and functions. Since his coming out, he has blossomed and become a great asset to our organization and our community.  He is a Rising Star AND a shining star!





 Unity Award – Terry Zajac

    Terry opened his beautiful Bay City house for the first Chocolate Party in 1991 to raise funds for the Wellness Networks Tri-Cities and it’s phone-line. Later he hosted so many Chocolate and Garden Parties for PFLAG Tri-Cities – and later for a fledgling organization called Triangle Saginaw Valley – renamed to Perceptions Saginaw Valley. Terry’s longtime generosity became the seeds of a multitude LGBT groups and causes that made us stronger today. 






Thank You for making the banquet a reality!

Jim Kleinsorge
Rick Farrand
randy hasso
Charissa Urbano
Rick Farrand
Tim Atkinson
Terry Zajac
Pride Award Selection Comittee
Tom Brubaker Rebecca Dunn Jim Kleinsorge
Garnet Lewis Glenn Madigan Leo Romo

About Perceptions Saginaw Valley

Perceptions is a non-profit community organization that offers educational,
social and networking opportunities for residents of the Tri-Cities (Midland,
Bay City and Saginaw) and surrounding areas. Perceptions strives to foster a
positive image for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender community
and our allies.


2010 Pride Banquet Sponsors

Harvey Milk*

Michael Mercer
Sacred Heart Rehabitation Center
William Giorgis & Russel lInman
Mike’s Wrecker Service
The Savoy Grill
Garnet Lewis & Vicky Cobb
PFLAG Tri -Cities – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
In Memory of those who died of HIV/AIDS
In Honor of those who live with HIV/AIDS

Ellen DeGeneres

Jeff Illig
Darrell M Sheets DMD PLC
Floyd Andrick
Randy Hasso
Dr . Charissa Urbano
Chris Coventry on behalf of Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD)
Malickey’s Pub, Bay City


Fred Eland
John Rolando & Don Kephart
Leo R. Romo


In Memory of Ricky L. Carpenter , AIDS educator & activist ,
Bay City, 1951 – 1998
In Memory of Chuck Darr
Memory of Peter H. Schneider, 1951 – 2010
Rick Farrand
*Milk $100                DeGeneres $50
Advocate $25            Pat Ron $10

From Leo R. Romo, Chair

Thank you for attending tonight’s 2nd Annual Saginaw Valley
LGBT & Allies Pride Awards banquet.
Tonight’s banquet has two goals:
• To celebrate the 41st Anniversary of Stonewall, the June
28, 1969 gay uprising when LGBT people demanded
• equality.
• To honor local individuals who have worked to improve the
LGBT and greater communities. You will meet them, listen
to their stories and understand why they are honored

From Alan L. Shinaver, Chair

Perceptions Saginaw Valley is proud to be the parent organization
of the annual Saginaw Valley LGBT & Allies Pride Awards Banquet this evening. Established in 2002, Perceptions has been a powerful agent for change through generous efforts of volunteerism and community service. As a non-profit all-volunteer community organization, Perceptions offers a wide variety of educational, social and networking opportunities for all residents of the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. It is our goal that you will not only enjoy this evening’s offerings, but will be engaged, enlightened,
and find encouragement in the efforts of those honored here tonight. Thank you for your participation and your support in our continuing endeavor to create a better life for everyone.

Perceptions 2010 Board of Trustees

Alan Shinaver – Chair
Kay Sural – Vice Chair
Jim Kleinsorge – Secretary
Randy Hasso – Treasurer
Tim Atkinson – Webmaster
Terri Jackson
Nathan Brown
Gary Knight
Rick Farrand
Roger Majeske
Doug Solosky
Brian Carstensen

Thomas Brubaker, Tana Michaels, Leo R. Romo, and Brent Theisen