A night of fun and philanthropy to celebrate over 30 years of Inside Out Youth Services’ life-saving work with LGBTQIA2+ young people.
The evening includes live entertainment, a seated dinner, a paddle raise, live and silent auction, and more!
August 26, 2022
VIP flower and cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m.
Non-VIP start time at 6 p.m.
Venetucci Farm, 5210 US-85, Colorado Springs
To help Inside Out Youth Services raise funds so we can continue providing life-saving services and programs that promote the well-being of LGBTQIA2+ young people, ages 13-24.
Honoring those whose financial support of our work allows our organization, and the young people we serve, to thrive!
The evening will start at 5 p.m. with a VIP cocktail hour, during which you can build your own bouquet in the Venetucci Farm flower field with performing artists and music to enjoy.
Non-VIP ticket-holders may arrive at 6 p.m. When we will move inside for a catered dinner, drinks, and an exciting array of performances, followed by the auction in which you can win fabulous prizes from local art to international vacations. We will then conclude the evening, in true IOYS style, with some dancing!
We can’t wait to see you at this first-annual event!
Thanks to generous donors and sponsors, our silent auction is chock-full of certificates, gift baskets, products, services and opportunities that you don’t want to pass up!
Bid on hand-crafted art pieces from Shattered Glass Restored, Sophia Hanna and more; gayly assembled gift baskets from friends like Ladyfingers Letterpress and Odds & Ends Emporium; gift certificates for health experiences like acupuncture and massage; and even a lunch date with author and gender therapist Dara Hoffman-Fox!
Even if you aren’t attending the Gay-la, you can bid! Register with Handbid today and start placing your bids to get a head start on the competition! Bidding closes 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26!
LGBTQIA2+ young people need spaces like Inside Out, spaces built for them, by them, and with them. LGBTQIA2+ young people need trusted adults, a community, and resources that help them live their fullest lives. Every contribution counts toward sustaining this vital work.
Visits by 256 unique youth to our in-person & digital spaces in 2021
Unique individuals served by our COVID-19 outreach, receiving grocery deliveries, housing assistance, and medical support
Of Inside Out participants surveyed reported positive effects of our programs and services, including healthier relationships and reduced usage of tobacco and other substances
New Inside Out youth participants in 2021
About 9 out of every 10 LGBTQ+ youth report experiencing bias-based bullying or harassment
Transgender youth are more than 5 times more likely to contemplate, attempt, or complete suicide than their peers
Of Inside Out youth are currently experiencing homelessness
It is not enough for us to spread this message of inclusion. We need a chorus of parents, youth serving professionals, schools, churches, hospitals, and mental health facilities delivering this message with us – we need allies.
Carnelian Coffee, Colorado Crisis Services, The Colorado Springs Indy, The Colorado Trust, The Downtown Dentist, NAACP CO-MT-WY State Conference, Olive Real Estate Group, Peak View Behavioral Health, Picnic Basket Family of Companies, The Place, Planet Duct, Platte Furniture, UCCS MOSAIC, UCHealth, and x1039