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Tickets Now Available for 4th Annual Feast on Equality Benefit

Lance Poston, executive director of Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships in the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity.
Lance Poston, executive director of Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships in the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2019) — The Office of LGBTQ* Resources, in partnership with Feast On Equality, is hosting the fourth annual Feast on Equality dinner benefiting the University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources. 

Feast on Equality is a nonprofit organization that's sole purpose is to raise funds for UK’s Office of LGBTQ* Resources, supporting campus efforts that increase the health, safety and belonging for LGBTQ* Wildcats. 

This year's event will begin 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. 

"It is hard to believe that we are getting ready to host our fourth annual UK Feast," said Lance Poston, executive director of Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships and LGBTQ* Resources in the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity. "This event started as just an idea four years ago, and I remember clearly our anxious planning in that first year as we wondered how a gala of this sort would be received by our friends and supporters. It didn't take long for us to realize the tremendous support we had all around us in continuing to make this university a place where every LGBTQ* person wants to belong." 

The event gives the community an opportunity to take part in improving the lives of LGBTQ* students while recognizing the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly to make a difference in the LGBTQ* community. 

"UK's Feast is an important event each year for two main reasons," Poston said. "First, it provides our campus and broader communities in the Commonwealth a time to come together to financially support the work of LGBTQ* Resources for the following year. Funds raised at this event fuel our outreach in the areas of education, community building and advocacy. While the fundraising aspects of this event are crucial to our work, Feast is also the signature moment that we take as a community each year to revisit the progressive strides we have made in the past 12 months and celebrate our victories of belonging together." 

Proceeds from the event help the Office of LGBTQ* Resources expand scholarships and allow the center to strengthen programming in key ways to support an inclusive campus environment. 

The partnership between the university and Feast has played a crucial role in the center's success. Through education, advocacy and community support, the resource center is able to cultivate a welcoming campus for a full spectrum of identities. 

To purchase tickets, visit the event page. For additional information or questions, contact UK Feast committee chairperson Tim Burcham at tim@burchamsolutionsgroup.com. For more information about the UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources and its programming, visit its website.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.