Old Louisville homeowners use fine dining to fundraise for UofL LGBT Center

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Enjoy a night of fine dining in one of six Old Louisville mansions during Dining at the Mansions, an April 14 fundraiser benefiting UofL’s LGBT Center.

    “Dining at the Mansions is such a fun event and a chance to have an elegant meal in Louisville’s most beautiful mansions, but it’s so much more than that,” said Brian Buford, assistant provost for diversity and executive director of the LGBT Center. “To me, it’s our community coming together to wrap its arms around LGBT young people and make sure that they have the support and resources they need to be successful. It’s everything I love about our compassionate city.”

    The reception starts at 6 p.m. at the 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor Bed & Breakfast, 1022 S. 3rd St. Attendees can choose which mansion to dine at by reserving a seat online. Each mansion has different chefs and menus for each full-course meal. 

    Reservations for the event are free; however, attendees are encouraged to donate a minimum of $100 dollars per plate. Proceeds fund services for students and annual programming such as Pride Week and Alternative Thanksgiving, an event for students who can’t go home over the holidays.

    “It breaks my heart that kids lose their homes for expressing their identity,” said Karan Chavis, chief of staff for UofL’s School of Medicine and a host of Dining at the Mansions for the second year. “We have to make sure everyone feels like they have a home and somewhere they belong.”

    The hosts will have a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money. Last year, they raised more than $18,000 collectively. Local sponsors for the event include Proof on Main, Jack Fry’s, and Butchertown Grocery.

    For more information about Dining at the Mansions visit: https://www.diningatthemansions.com/

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    Bria Staten-Favors
    Bria Staten-Favors is the Graduate Assistant in the University of Louisville’s Office of Communications and Marketing. After completing her bachelor of science in Communication, she decided to pursue her master’s degree at UofL as well. She also works in the Partnership Division at the Louisville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and is an avid Cards fan.