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Druid City Pride Festival aims for expansion, Day of Action underway

A new LGBT organization in Tuscaloosa is looking to expand. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more.

Druid City Pride held a fundraiser this past weekend to help shape the future of the organization.

The group formed late last year to organize the city’s annual Pride festival. But thanks to community interest and recent events, they’ve taken on advocacy efforts as well. The first step is becoming an official nonprofit.

“It costs a little chunk of change to become a non-profit, which is funny.”

Meredith Bagley is on the Druid City Pride board. She says that investment will pay off for the group.

“If we had that status, we could go to some of the larger businesses or corporations who are able to do tax write-offs for bigger chunks of money, and then maybe think about those larger goals we might have.”

For more information or to contribute, head to Druid City Pride dot com.

An early morning fire has closed one of the major buildings on the Auburn University campus.

Auburn campus officials said in an alert to students and employees that all classes Monday in Lowder Hall have been canceled.

School officials say that the blaze was extinguished sometime around 7:30 a.m., but classes would not be held in the building Monday while damages are assessed. No injuries were reported.

No other buildings are affected, and that all campus roads are open.

Lowder Hall, on the northern edge of Auburn's main campus, houses several classes and offices of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

The annual day of action is underway in Northwest Alabama.  The local United Way is teaming up with the Homeless Care Council, and the group Success by Six to collect food and preschool supplies.

Beth Haddock is the executive director for United Way of Northwest Alabama. She says today’s event will help ensure that food is readily available to the homeless.

“The homeless population is not shrinking in our area. Unfortunately it is growing. So we would uh like to try to do everything we can to help this population and uh this is just one small way because if your basic needs are met then you can start looking to the future and how we can give them a hand up.”

Haddock says people can go to the United Way of Northwest Alabama’s website to see what items are needed. Items can be dropped off at the United Way Office in Florence at any CB&S Bank location in Colbert, Lauderdale or Franklin counties.        

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