September 30, 2001
County Metropolitan Community Church
We wish to thank Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and Gay & Lesbian Alliance of Simcoe County (GLAS) for their support! What a privilege it is to work in partnership with a growing team of people committed to equality; it is humbling and inspiring.
Last night, with Anne & Elaine Vautour, and Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, we had the honour to be recognized by Simcoe County Metropolitan Community Church, for our advocacy of equal marriage. This was the first time that Simcoe MCC had honoured people outside of their community. The evening included a silent auction in support of Simcoe MCC, a wonderful banquet prepared by volunteers in the church kitchen, the awards presentation, and a wonderful surprise!
Simcoe MCC and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Simcoe County (GLAS) presented MCC Toronto with a cheque in support of the marriage legal defense fund. GLAS raised the funds by holding a dance and a 50:50 draw (the winners donated their preceedings back into the fund!). Simcoe MCC matched the funds.
As someone from Simcoe MCC said, "That's more money than our church has ever had in the bank!".
We were tremendously moved by the commitment and involvement of the Simcoe area in making change happen - one person at a time.
Despite the heat in the kitchen, the volunteers managed to put together a fabulous banquet of salads, corn, carrots, green beans, potatoes, roast beef, turkey, gravies, etc. Again, the spirit of teamwork, people helping each other, was key to their success.