In observance of the 10 years since the death of Matthew Shepard, the organisation in his name announced that they plan to launch an aggressive anti-hate campaign aimed at engaging the general public in the mission to ”Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance.”
Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, will unveil the new campaign during the 7th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala, which will take place tomorrow, March 29, at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver, CO.
In the past ten years since my sons death, I have spoken to over one million people who are searching for a way to help us in our mission to erase hate. We developed this campaign with that goal in mind and are eager to provide individuals with the tools and resources needed to amplify their voice and begin to turn the tide on hate in America, stated Judy Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
Each year, the foundation honours outstanding individuals or organisations with the Making a Difference Award. In addition, teddy bears signed by celebrities (past ones have included Elton and Bernie Taupin) are sold in a live and silent auction, not to mention one at eBay. The latter includes donations from Ellen DeGeneres and the B52s,
The latest Bear to Make a Difference gala will be hosted by Mike Nelson of Denvers ABC 7News.
It is sold out, but eBay bids are now being accepted at
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.