Oregon youth shelter apologizes for rejecting donation

The shelter rejected a donation from the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. File photo.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Representatives from a Grants Pass youth shelter have apologized for their decision to turn down proceeds from a concert that featured a performance by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus.

Hearts With A Mission, which bills itself as a faith-based organization, was to receive nearly $3,000 from the sold-out concert. But its board rejected the donation, saying it wanted to avoid the controversy that might arise from accepting the money.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports three board members resigned after the ensuing community uproar. Remaining board members issued a formal apology Tuesday at the church where the concert was held last month.

Some city officials questioned the shelter's decision to reject the money at a time when they've been asking for extra funding at taxpayer expense.

The proceeds ended up going to another nonprofit that works with at-risk youths.
Via the Daily Courier. Copyright Associated Press.
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