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       Updated June 20, 2006         Compiled & written by Mike Fitzpatrick
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OutReach Achievement Awards Announced
Madison - OutReach has announced the recipients of the agency's 2006 Annual Achievement Awards. Seven individuals and groups have been honored.
OutReach  Former President of Action Wisconsin Tony Sheehan has been named the David Runyon Man of the Year. Sheehan has a long history of advocacy and involvement in the Madison LGBT communities including The New Harvest Foundation, AIDS Network, GALVAnize and Stage Q.
  The Susan Green Woman of the Year has been awarded to Laura Gutknecht  for her tireless work and leadership as a transgender advocate. In addition, Laura works at WORT Radio and is co-host of The MIC's "Forward Forum" with former OutReach Executive Director John Quinlan.
  Cris Derrick has been honored as the OutReach Volunteer of the Year. Derrick currently facilitates three OutReach groups, as well as serving in a lead role on the OutReach Special Events Committee. She also has assisted the OutReach treasurer with the bookkeeping data entry and front desk staffing.
  Veteran  activist Steve Morrison has been selected as the Ally of the Year. Morrison has been the Executive Director of the Madison Jewish Community Council for 28 years.  Throughout his tenure he has made his personal support for full equality for lesbian and gay people evident in his family life, political involvement and leadership within the Jewish community. Most recently Morrison has worked with Fair Wisconsin on the anti-amendment campaign's Faith Outreach.
  OutReach's Organization of the Year is the University of Wisconsin Press. The UW Press has been dedicated to publishing works by and for the LGBT communities and its allies. More than simply turning out books, they have told stories, raised awareness and connected readers through a network of shared ideas and experiences.
  Two others have bee selected for Special Recognition Awards. Juan Jose Lopez has been an advocate for the needs of LGBT youth and children in LGBT families through his involvement with the LGBT youth group Briarpatch, the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education.
  Thomas McClurg of Stage Q also has been honored for his efforts to establish a successful LGBT theatre company in Madison. According to McClurg,Stage Q's mission  is to present plays which challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges and offer a diverse productions that are either either gay themed or by LGBT playwrights.
  Formal presentation of the OutReach awards will be  at the 14th Annual OutReach Awards Banquet on July in the Grand Ballroom of Monona Terrace.  Tickets remain available and are $60 per person or $110 per pair at OutReach. Call 608-255-8582 to secure tickets. Seating is limited. For more information about the banquet, including meal selections visit the agency's website at: www.outreachinc.com.

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