M3LD FOUNDER RAISES MORE THAN $3,000 TO SUPPORT LGBTQ HOMELESS AND AT-RISK YOUTH AS PART OF UTAH PRIDE FESTIVAL 2017
Entrepreneur Brian Garrett’s annual Pride fundraiser brunches have netted more than $6,100 for Salt Lake City-area nonprofits since 2015
SALT LAKE CITY, July 10, 2017 – For the third year in a row, Salt Lake City entrepreneur Brian Garrett transformed his West Valley City midcentury modern A-frame home into a hub of fundraising activity in conjunction with the annual Utah Pride Festival. More than 130 friends of the M3LD founder, including local entrepreneurs and clients, turned up for a catered brunch to learn about the work of the Volunteers of America (VOA) Youth Resource Center for homeless and at-risk teens. Together, they raised $3,364 to support VOA’s programming dedicated to education assistance, job training, counseling and volunteer-run groups.
“When I realized that an estimated 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, I knew we had to support the VOA Youth Resource Center this year,” Garrett said. “So many young people turn to the streets because they’ve been rejected by their families or don’t have a supportive network of family and friends at home. They’re are often at heightened risk of violence, abuse and exploitation because of their sexual orientation. We want to tell them to have hope and show them a community of people who will support them.”
The VOA Youth Resource Center serves approximately 800 teens annually at the South 400 West facility. Open to teens and young adults ages 15 to 22, the center offers emergency shelter beds for up to 30 guests. Approximately 60 youth every day access 24/7 assistance, three meals a day and free legal services through the Homeless Youth Legal Clinic. With additional programming providing education assistance, job training, counseling and volunteer-run groups, the goal of the VOA Youth Resource Center is to help homeless youth onto a path of self-sufficiency where they can afford to live on their own.
“We rely on volunteers like Brian and M3LD to raise funds required to run our critical operations,” said Kathy Bray, CEO of Volunteers of America. “Teens and young adults who visit us have the best chance of surviving and thriving when we can get them off the streets quickly. We’re one of the few centers available for teens and young adults, and a safe place for LGBTQ youth in Salt Lake City.”
Garrett organized the annual volunteer-led brunch fundraiser with assistance from his partner Scott Pulley and M3LD co-founders, Andrea Beecher and Jason Frederick.
“We believe it’s important to give back to the Salt Lake City community, which has embraced us as we’ve pursued our dreams to build a business and supported us in defining what love and family means to us,” Garrett said.
In previous years, Garrett helped raise more than $2,736 during Utah Pride Festival weekends to support VOA and election campaigns. M3LD also has lent its expertise to community projects, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake’s We Care promotion, and donated product to fundraising events supporting IIDA Fashion Remix SLC, the Utah chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, NOW-ID and Nuzzles and Co.
M3LD is what happens when three friends choose to combine their penchant for modernism with the audacity to believe that their designs could improve communities. Established in 2016 in Salt Lake City, M3LD has blossomed from concept to celebrity through its originality. The founders' disruptive approach to commercial interior design is defying conventions, ensuring entrepreneurs and influencers cast their visions upon the spaces they operate and shake up the image of Salt Lake City. M3LD’s residential interior design services guide clients through a process of discovery that yields a kinetic display of their personality among home interiors that are cheeky, functional and livable. M3LD also extends its irreverent aesthetics and strong design point of view to its collections of home furnishings and décor, available from M3LD online or its network of retail partners nationwide. Learn more at m3ld.com.