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Our Story

A Diverse and Inclusive Identity

The DAISEY Group knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. In 2018, a small group of individuals had an idea to give back to the Appalachian Community and support LGBT+ students in need. The group envisioned an annual fundraising event to bring together LGBT+ individuals and allies from across North Carolina to celebrate our community's diversity, share our stories, and raise funds for young LGBT+ adults facing immediate financial devastation. 

The group quickly grew, and we hosted our first fundraiser on April 6, 2019 at Appalachian State University's Solarium. The event featured live music, a keynote address and hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. We shared stories, made new friends, and raised thousands of dollars for an important cause. 

Following our first event our group saw an immediate, positive response from the community, as well as rapid growth. Our Board's membership more than doubled, we established an online presence, we expanded our donor lists, and began planning for our next fundraising event, Cocktails and Conversations. For more details on our event and how you can get involved with our group, click here

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Our Mission

Dignity And Inclusive Support Empowering You


"Improving the lives of our App State LGBT+ students

through the generosity of others"

The Board of Directors' Leadership Team

To contact a member of the Board's leadership, click here


The President of the Board

Luther Turner (pictured left)


Vice President of the Board

Carol Quintero (pictured right)

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Vice President of the Board

Walt J. Grayson

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Scott McIntosh


Board Secretary

Randy Renick


Founding Members

Ed Springs and Bo Henderson

(Pictured left to right)

Interested in Joining the Board?

The DAISEY Group annually expands their Board of Directors by inviting new members and new perspectives aboard. If you're interested in getting involved as a board member please fill out this form and tell us why you believe you would make a great addition to our team!

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