2011 3rd Annual Saginaw Valley LGBT & Allies Pride Awards


6 – 7 p.m. Reception Lucille Andersen Rose Garden
7 – 8 p.m. Dinner catered by The Savoy, Grill in the Hall of Fame Room
8 – 9 p.m. Welcome – Leo Romo
Pride Program – Dr. Charissa Urbano
Guest Speaker – Jan Stevenson, Co-Owner/Publisher of Between the Lines “State of community activism”
Pride Awards – Charis Urbano, Tim Atkinson,
Leo Romo

2011 Pride Award Recipients

Business Pride Award—Magic Bean Cafe

The Magic Bean Cafe (Saginaw) receives the Business Pride Award for several reasons: being welcoming venue with loving open arms, posting LGBT events, welcoming the Perceptions trans-gender support group meetings, and hosted Las Vegas fundraisers for HIV/AIDS. The Magic Bean Cafe have contributed time, money, resources, and support to the LGBT community.




Pride Award – Bob and Denise Malosh

Bob and Denise Malosh (Midland) learned that their youngest son, Kent, was gay when he was 12. Kent was bullied at school and in the community. Finding PFLAG, they learned how to support Kent and live an authentic and happy life. They attended workshops, learned about LGBT issues, lobbied in Lansing and contacted elected leaders. They became leaders of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG Tri-Cities) – Bob as president and Denise as secretary. Their involvement with PFLAG helped dozens of other families to learn that a child’s sexual orientation is not a dividing issue but it is a blessing.


Pride Award – Rev. Kathy VanBuskirk

Rev. Kathy VanBuskirk (Saginaw) is a mother of three adult daughters and a grandmother of six. Ordained in 2005, she ministers at Divine Light Interfaith Ministry. Kathy has counseled individuals and couples in parenting, sexuality, custody and the other issues, especially people in the LGBT community. Kathy organized the first public local LGBT Pride Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Objiway Island. About 2,000 people attended the wonderful experience. Kathy has demonstrated the ability to cooperatively work with a multitude of people and groups for the overall betterment of our community.


Pride Award – Randy Hasso

Randy Hasso (Saginaw) is no stranger to serving others. In his younger years Randy was a member of the Peace Corp in Africa. Since those early days of international service Randy has lived and worked in the Saginaw area. He has been generous in time, talent and resources and a treasure to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities on the local, regional, state and national levels. Randy has been an officer or board member of Dignity Tri-Cities, The NAMES Project-AIDS Memorial Quilt, Wellness Network Tri-Cities, and Perceptions Saginaw Valley. He is a tireless worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty. He puts in many hours behind-the-scenes for the success of dozens of projects and does not seek the spotlight.




Pride Award – Bill Giorgis

Bill Giorgis (Saginaw) is a giving, considerate, thoughtful, helpful, unselfish and supportive person — describes one of several individuals who nominated Bill. Another said, ― “I can’t tell you how many times that man has come to my rescue.” As the owner of Mike’s Wrecker Services, Bill was inducted into the International Towing Hall of Fame 2002. He has served as President of Michigan Towing Association for over a decade. Bill is an active member of several community groups including the Saginaw Area Fireworks & the Lawn Chair Film Festival and has donated generously to the LGBT community. He regularly purchases and then donates tickets for events like tonight’s Pride Banquet and the Holiday Party. He has made generous donations to the Perceptions Auction and most recently donated space for the Perceptions general meetings. Bill is man who’s generosity knows no bounds.



Lifetime Achievement Pride Award – John Monahan

John Monahan (1946-2002) was the first openly gay community activist and organizer in the Tri-City area.. He was involved with local groups – Dignity Tri-Cities and Wellness Networks Tri-Cities and talked with local elected leaders in Lansing. John moved to Detroit and became a co-founder of the Triangle Foundation and served as the president and was involved in other LGBT groups..(The Triangle Foundation is called Equality Michigan now.) John demonstrated a lifetime commitment to equality, fairness and justice for the LGBT community. We recognize this and remember that he did for us.





Special Thank You

Tim Atkinson
Jim Kleinsorge
The Savoy Grill
Randy Hasso
Roger Majeske
The Metro Grill & The Mixx
Charissa Urbano
Leo Romo
Daphne Barkley
Terry Zajak
Deanna Menard

Pride Banquet Sponors

Rick Farrand and YOU
Pride Award Selection Committee
Tom Brubaker Tim Atkinson Fred Eland
Leo Romo Charissa Urbano Richard

About Perceptions Valley

Perceptions is a non-profit community organization that offers educa-tional, social and networking opportunies for Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City and Saginaw) and surrounding areas. Perceptions strives to foster a positive image for the gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies.

Perceptions 2011 Board of Trustees

Tim Atkinson – Chair
Tom Brubaker- Vice-Chair
Jim Kleinsorge – Secretary
Daphne Barkley – Treasurer
Rick Farrand
Dann Federico
Randy Hasso
Roger Majeske
Kay Sural
Brent Theisen


Leo R. Romo