Over the past few months Q Center has been receiving nominations for our 2012 Winter Gala Awards from Portland’s LGBTQ & Allied Communities and we are pleased to announce the nominees! From here, Q Center’s board of directors will choose the winners (one from each of the three categories) and the awards will be given out this coming Saturday night, February 18th, at Q Center’s 2012 Winter Gala: Never Out Of Style.

The criteria for all nominees is as follows:

• They lead by example
• They promote healthy individuals, families and community
• Their actions are motivated out of altruism and respect
• They believe diversity is a strength
• They encourage and support the vision and dreams of others
• They encourage others to expand their vision.

So, we thank you for being who you are, for doing what you do, and we congratulate you on the community taking notice!

Hope to see you on Saturday for the big event!

Click here for tickets & info if you don’t have yours already!

Here is the list of 2012 Q Center Winter Gala Awards nominees:

Bob Speltz Community Service Award:
Dawn Menken, Process Work Institute
Jenn Burleton, Transactive
John Meadows, Rose Empress XX
Kathleen Saadat, Long Time Activist
Marty Davis, Fmr. Just Out
Norm Costa, GLSEN
Robert Goman, Nike
Ryan Wayman, Pride Financial Partners
Stephan Marc Beaudoin, PHAME Academy
Suzanne Hale, The Roxy
Zena Britadesco, Transactive

Q Means Business Award:
Cupcake Jones
Eyes on Broadway
Hamburger Mary’s PDX
It’s My Pleasure, Inc.
Jupiter Hotel
McDonald Jacobs PC
Pride Financial Partners
Red Cap Garage / Aura
She Bop

Corporate Partner Award:
Albina Community Bank
Nike LGBT & Friends Network
The Standard

(Photo by Wayne Bund)