Donate to the Pat Rawls Memorial Scholarship

ICC wishes to thank those of you who have contributed over the past year to the Pat Rawls Memorial Scholarship Fund. We are more than halfway in raising the initial contributions to establish the fund.

To make it even easier to contribute, ICC has established a GoFundMe page to make it even easier to contribute. To make your contribution, visit the page below.

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Spring has arrived…do a little dance?

Dance2014-2You folks know all too well that it has been a long, cold winter. BUT it looks like spring has finally arrived! Come celebrate with ICC at the Shake Your Thing Spring Fling.

The dance takes place Saturday, April 12, from 8-11 pm at the Indiana Elks. All are welcome. Tickets are available at the door–$6 for students, $10 for general admission. The evening’s events include a DJ, snacks, and a 50/50 raffle in support of the Pat Rawls Scholarship Fund. A cash bar is also available for those who are of age.

For more information, email indianacarescampaign@yahoo.com.

The Curtain Drops Again Until 2014

Indiana Cares Campaign and the Film Festival Committee wish thank everyone who attended the concluding night of the 10th Annual Indiana LGBT Film Festival. All in all, we were able to raise over $500 for the Pat Rawls Memorial scholarship, bringing us close to our $5000 goal.

We also want to extend a special thanks to Sal Rendino, one of the actors from A Perfect Wedding and our special celebrity guest. Sal made the trek from Yonkers, NY to Indiana, PA just to be with us for the evening. Sal provided a question and answer session following the night’s features.

Indiana Cares Campaign will present the 11th Annual Indiana LGBT Film Festival in October 2014. Stay tuned for more details in the coming year.

Sal Rendino
Sal Rendino, one of the stars of A Pefect Wedding and the upcoming Tangled 8, makes a special guest appearance at the final night of the 10th Annual Indiana LGBT Film Festival.

In Memoriam

The Board and Members of the Indiana Cares Campaign mourns the loss of Board Member and Treasurer Patricia A, “Pat” Rawls. Pat passed on February 2, 2013 following a valiant fight against brain cancer.

Pat Rawls
Patricia Ann Rawls, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Indiana Cares Campaign Mourns the Passing of Patricia Rawls

The Board and Members of the Indiana Cares Campaign mourns the loss of Board Member and Treasurer Patricia A, “Pat” Rawls.

Pat passed on February 2, 2013 following a valiant fight against brain cancer.

She was a soldier in the fight for women’s rights, a dedicated member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church and an animal lover.

A member of the Democratic Women’s committee, she continued active work in the recent campaign focusing on health care, as she was learning firsthand the limitations of our current system.

Surviving are her life partner, Carolyn Kerr; and sharing much of their time in Indiana, her granddaughter, Jessica Gremillion.  *

Inspired by Pat’s work on behalf of women and the LGBTQ communities, the Indiana Cares Campaign established a scholarship fund in Rawls name in 2012. The Pat Rawls Memorial Scholarship aims to recognize individuals who have shown exemplary service on the part of the LGBTQ community, as well as academic excellence and community service.

“We feel this scholarship reinforces the ideals and actions that Pat embodied throughout her life,” said David Porter, chair of the scholarship committee.

The organization is currently working to establish a viable financial base for the fund, with a fundraising goal of $5000. Individuals wishing to make a charitable contribution to the scholarship fund should contact the Indiana Cares Campaign at indianacarescampaign@yahoo.com.

Scholarship requirements and application procedures are forthcoming.

* Obituary in The Indiana Gazette

To contribute, please send your donations to:

Indiana 1st Bank
475 Ben Franklin Rd S.
c/o Indiana Cares Campaign
Pat Rawls Scholarship Fund
Indiana, Pa  15701

Bowling Party 2013!

Come obowlingposter2013ut and chase away the winter blues! The annual ICC/PFLAG Bowling Party is coming up in February. We will have giveaways, refreshments, cash bar, and, as always a lot of bowling and a lot of fun. We will also be having a 50/50 raffle in support of the Pat Rawls Scholarship Fund.

The fun begins at 7pm on Saturday, February 9, at the Indiana Elks Club on the lower level–475 S 13th St, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701. There is a $5 cover in support of facilities rental and refreshments.

Double Feature and Pizza Party! The Conclusion of the 9th Annual LGBT Film Festival

The 9th Annual Indiana LGBT Film Festival draws to a close with a double feature of the drama Naked as We Came and the wacky German comedy Men to Kiss. Between films, join us pizza and refreshments as we celebrate another successful year.

In addition to the films and party, we will be taking up a collection for ICC’s newly established Pat Rawls Scholarship Fund. All contributions will be matched up to $250. That means a donation of 50 cents automatically becomes a dollar, $10 becomes $20, and so on. Every little bit helps. The scholarship will sponsor a student who has shown exemplary service to the LGBT community and academic achievement in their studies.

The Film Festival begins at 6:00 pm. All festivities will take place at Stouffer Hall on the IUP Campus.