The Center, Denver's GLBT nonprofit, moves to fancy new digs; check them out today!

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It started with a $1.2 million donation nearly three years ago from a volunteer named Roy G. Wood. When Wood, an quiet man who tended The Center's library, died, he left 90 percent of his estate to the organization, an arrangement that took The Center by surprise. They were grateful, Martinez says, and they wanted to spend the money in a meaningful way. Rather than just buy an existing building, The Center decided to leverage Wood's donation into a capital campaign to raise money for a building of its own.

"He inspired us to think big and to dream big," Martinez says. The Center moved from its rented space on Broadway to its brand new, four-level building about seven weeks ago. The new building is bright: full of windows and vibrant colors. The lowest level houses Rainbow Alley, The Center's youth drop-in center. On October 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Sheraton hotel, Rainbow Alley will host Gaybutante, an event modeled after the debutante tradition at which youth tell their coming out stories for friends and supportive adults.
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