The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada honored its organization and volunteers of the year at its Picnic By Design event last month.
Amid celebrating “Parasols in the Park" April 30, Picnic By Design honored Three Square food bank as its Organization of the Year and presented its “Volunteers of the Year” award to Clair Koetitz and Lyndon Marquez of Las Vegas.
The Center recognized these community leaders for their contributions to the Southern Nevada lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and its allies.
For nearly nine years, Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people. They combine food banking, food rescue and ready-to-eat meals.
As a partner with The Center, and with a service network of nearly 1,300 community partners, which includes nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and after school and feeding sites – they reach out to struggling individuals and families at risk of hunger. In 2015 alone, they distributed more than 38 million pounds of food, the equivalent of more than 31 million meals through their community partners.
Meanwhile, volunteers and couple Koetitz and Marquez began volunteering at The Center when they moved to Las Vegas in 2014 from Palm Springs.
Together they have joined others in supporting the efforts of such community partners as Las Vegas Pride, Golden Rainbow and Human Rights Campaign.
The Center calls them its "dynamic duo."