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A Golden Good-bye

It is with a heavy heart that we say a sad good-bye to Estelle Getty. On July 22, the 84-year-old actress of Golden Girls fame passed away. She had been suffering from advanced dementia for a number of years.

Known best for her portrayal of Sophia Petrillo, mother of Bea Arthur’s character, Dorothy Zbornak, on TV megahit Golden Girls, Getty’s zippy personality and catty one-liners eventually earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Remarkably, Getty’s career as a Golden Girl almost didn’t happen. She auditioned twice, but was turned away. Yet, as the adage goes, the third time was the charm, and the world fell in love.

Getty will be remembered always, and sorely missed.

PFund Launches People of Color Program Leadership

Minnesota-based PFund recently announced the launch of the Racial Equity Initiative Leadership Cultivation Program. In collaboration with Twin Cities-based Family and Children’s Service and Pillsbury United Communities, the program is a two-part leadership cultivation forum designed to address the issues of GLBT people of color. It will provide participants with opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills, and gain knowledge to enhance the local community.

Applications currently are being accepted. The program is open to any GLBT person of color interested in learning about community leadership and organization. For more information, visit the PFund web site.

PFund is a philanthropic organization that provides grants to emerging GLBT organizations in an effort to promote learning, tolerance, and understanding.

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