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Sunday’s Child is inviting the public to learn more about their mission to promote equality and inspire inclusion across the Pensacola Bay Area.

During this month’s relaunch of Gallery Night on October 21, Sunday’s Child will unveil a new interactive art exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art at 407 South Jefferson Street. The exhibit will showcase Sunday’s Child’s ongoing 49: Connecting the Dots campaign, which seeks to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting this past June. 49 is a series of authentic, candid portraits and stories of individuals in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties in Northwest Florida, compiled to celebrate the full spectrum of local diversity.

“The aim of the 49 campaign is to raise awareness of the prejudice that still surrounds our communities,” said Chuck Presti, president of Sunday’s Child. “In the wake of the Orlando massacre that targeted members of the LGBT community, we wanted to be a voice for diversity and inclusion within our communities.”

The 49: Connecting the Dots exhibit will include the stories and portraits of local citizens with a varied compilation of race, sexuality, disability, religion, ethnicity, social-economic standing, interests, and other backgrounds. The public will be invited to interact with the exhibit during the unveiling.

Through November, Sunday’s Child is also hosting membership mixers that are open to the public. The mixers are an opportunity for current members of Sunday’s Child and the public to meet and learn more about the philanthropic organization that was founded in 2013.

Sunday’s Child awards grants to Pensacola Bay Area non-profits that address a community need, while also promoting the adoption and compliance of a non-discrimination policy that is comprehensive and addresses LGBT individuals. They must show their ability in being an inclusive organization that values diversity.

This summer, Sunday’s Child awarded two grants of $35,500 to The Beacon and First City Arts Center. Future grants will range from $25,000 to $50,000. While grant funding comes from $1,000 individual memberships similar to Impact 100, Sunday’s Child offers opportunities for up to three individuals to join together, entitling them collectively to one vote. Membership for 2017 will close by December 31, 2016.

Sunday’s Child will accept grant applications in five categories: Arts, Culture & Education; Economic Initiatives; Health, Wellness & Recreation; Family & LGBT; and Animals, Environment & Preservation.

“These grants will not only make a lasting difference in our community but will help demonstrate acceptance of others,” said Presti.

To learn more about Sunday’s Child, to make a donation or to apply for a grant, visit www.sundayschild.org.

Want to go? 

49: Connecting the Dots exhibit unveiling

Gallery Night, Friday, October 21, 2016, 4-8 p.m.

Pensacola Museum of Art,

407 S. Jefferson St, Pensacola, Fla.

Sunday’s Child Membership Mixer

Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pensacola Museum of Art,

407 S. Jefferson St, Pensacola, Fla.

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