2019 Grants to WNC Community Partners

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In 2019. the Partner Funds first year, Blue Ridge Pride awarded over $7,000 in grants to 20 local organizations that support our community.

Blue Ridge Pride’s mission is to support our community in partnership with others.  We develop a few programs of our own that by their nature tend to work across organizations and communities.  Beyond that, our chief goal is to support the many organizations that offer critical services and more targeted support.





American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Annual Walkathon $250
Asheville Entrepreneurial Accelerator


Scholarships for LGBTQ Applicants to Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program $300
Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus


50th Anniversary Stonewall Concert $500
Blue Ridge Roller Derby


General Support $50
Campaign for Southern Equality


General Support $150
Different Strokes Theatre Company


General Support $150
Friends of the NC Room

Project Grant

Queer History Project $500
Girls Rock Asheville


General Support $150
Gonzalez Diaz Enterprises


Miss Gay Latina from Partner Fund $500
Hendersonville Pride

Project Grant

Pursue 501c3 in preparation for first Pride Festival $400
Lesbians in the Mountains


General Support $50
Loving Food Resources

Donations (2)

General Support $800
Our Voice


General Support $300
Owens High School

Project Grant

Student-Faculty Project recognizing support for LGBTQ students & faculty $250
Phoenix Transgender Support Donation General Support $100
PLAG Asheville Donation General Support $200
Stonewall League Sponsorship League Startup $500
Tranzmission Donation, Grant, Scholarship Scholarship to support attendees at Black transgender / queer conference in Texas / Housing assistance $850
Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) Sponsorships (2) AIDS Quilt Exhibition & World AIDS Day $800
Youth OUTright WNC Donations (2) Transition Support for Rent $700
Total     $7,500
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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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