Published On: Fri, Apr 4th, 2014

HypnoAmazing Entertainment to be on hand

GSAC T Shirt_dAVID'S STORY

T-shirts for sale at $10 each as part of fundraising for the Gay Straight Alliance Club at GEHS

On May 20 at 6:30 p.m., the Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSAC) from Greenbrier East High School will host a fundraiser at Greenbrier Valley Theater. Mike Rafone, a hypnotist who performed at the West Virginia State Fair this past summer will donate his performance of the HypnoAmazing show. Expect some hilarious moments on stage as audience members willing to participate quite possibly will embarrass themselves for a good cause.

The Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSAC) at Greenbrier East High School is a place where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans-gendered (LGBT) and Straight students can come together in a safe environment. The mission of GSAC clubs around the United States are to educate peers and society on issues affecting LGBT and straight youth.

Greenbrier East graduate Haddix McClung worked on starting the GSAC last year and met with mild resistance from school officials, and at the start of the current school year senior Kris Arbuckle said the club received the school’s backing from both the Assistant Principal Mr. Lockhart and Principal Jeff Bryant to have the club. The faculty advisors for the club are Guidance Counselor Mike Vincent and faculty member Jackie Goia.

Greenbrier Valley Theater has donated the venue for the event, and Post Net has donated the tickets for the event. Ticket prices are $15 each. At press time, tickets may only be secured for the event with advance purchase by messaging club president Kris Arbuckle on either her personal page or the Gay Straight Alliance Club at Greenbrier East page on Facebook. You may also call Randi Smith at 304-237-4354 for information.

GSAC is attempting to raise enough money to send as many of its current 38 club members as possible to the West Virginia Fairness Conference in Charleston this summer. Members are also hoping to raise enough money through the fundraiser, and by selling T-shirts in order to leave a starting balance in the club’s checking account for the club to hit the ground running next year. The GSAC plans to have more fundraisers next year and will use the money raised this year to help get those projects going. All funds raised will be used for projects to benefit our community in issues of equality for all people, regardless of race, creed, religion or sexuality.

The GSAC also has the lofty goal of building enough money in future years to offer scholarships to Greenbrier East graduates.

Donations may be sent to Greenbrier East High School, 1 Spartan Lane, Lewsiburg, WV 24901, with attention to Gay Straight Alliance Club.