A highlight of Diversity Richmond's event, The Big OH!, last Friday was a tribute to longtime activist, Beth Marschak. A large crowd gathered in The Iridian Gallery, which currently features Truthful History Heals, a show curated by Beth.
Excerpt from Ray Green's remarks:
Beth Marschak, as Board Chair, has led, encouraged, advocated, and presided over this wonderful transformation of the community center and the growth of the Board as well. Beth will be stepping down from the Chair position in the near future and we would like to take a moment to pause and publicly thank Beth for her steadfast service to the Board, to Diversity Richmond and to the LGBT Community.
Beth's lifetime body of work and advocacy for causes that are dear to her and benefit so many of us has garnered her many awards and recognition. Tonight we are pleased to add an award from Diversity Richmond as well - the Schall-Townley Recognition for Extraordinary Personal Action, named for Carol Schall and Mary Townley, the couple whose lawsuit made it all the way to the Supreme Court and brought marriage equality to Virginia and the nation. This recognition is for extraordinary personal action and is presented only when truly warranted.