Lakeridge High School students raise over $4,000 for LGBTQIA+ youth
The Lakeridge High School auditorium on Friday, Sept. 23, was full of paintings, poetry, sculptures and jewelry made by artists from Lake Oswego and other parts of Oregon.
As community members browsed the rows of various art pieces, some leaned over to jot down bids for the ones they liked.
By the end of the evening, organizers of the auction event, Lakeridge High School's chapter of Students Demand Action, had raised $2,122. The money will go toward the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides shelter and counseling services for LGBTQ+ youth.
The money raised by the art auction will then be matched to a private donor till the end of the year, doubling the total raised to $4,244.
With help from the donations raised during the auction, youth who access SMYRC's services will have opportunities for housing, meals, support groups, case management, counseling, education and activities like art classes.
Students also highlighted work from LGBTQ+ artists at the event and displayed information sheets around the room that outlined statistics about LGBTQ+ youth and homelessness rates. Organizers said they did this to broaden the minds of community members, especially adults, on issues impacting youth.
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