CELEBRATING LIFE: WITH DIVERSITY GATHERING

By Rob Giardinelli          Photography by Marcus Sanchez

Dr. Hans Bengston, Mark Erwin and Melanie McLeroy

Recently, the home of Dr. Cynthia Brinson in Austin was the setting where several dozen Sociables and GLBTQ community leaders. They were gathered to ensure the memory of KUT and KOOP personality Stephen Rice lives on for generations to come through the Stephen Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund.

As the summer-chic attired crowd mingled about in Dr. Brinson’s home, the attendees could feel the love, warmth and presence of Rice. Guests shared their favorite memories of Rice while sipping his favorite cocktail, Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka and soda.

Mark Erwin and Heath Riddles

The festivities continued as Rice’s husband Mark Erwin and Heath Riddles, former co-host of Outcast on KOOP Radio with Rice, welcomed the crowd and read a recently discovered letter Rice wrote to himself that perfectly captured his essence that brought the crowd to tears of both sorrow and joy. The event concluded with a toast in Rice’s memory.

Rob Giardinelli, John and Michelle Patterson & Lance Avery Morgan

The event raised over $53,000 for the Stephen Rice Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to GLBTQ students who seek to pursue a career in the media field. To learn more on how donate or apply to the scholarship visit stephenricememorial.org

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