Benefit held for Andrew Cray Memorial Scholarship

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- A benefit for a brand new memorial scholarship that will help LGBTQ leaders of the future was held in Eau Claire and featured a nationally renowned speaker.

The Andrew Cray Memorial Scholarship aims to ensure LGBTQ young people in the Chippewa and Eau Claire area have resources to pursue their dreams.

Sarah McBride, the national press secretary of the human rights campaign, was the keynote speaker at the fundraiser at the Lismore hotel in Eau Claire for the Andrew Cray Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship will be dedicated to supporting the next generation of LGBTQ leaders.

McBride, who is transgender, married Cray just days before he died from terminal cancer in 2014.

"This is an important scholarship to make sure that LGBTQ young people have the means, have the opportunity to chase their dreams, to have a safe and quality education beyond high school, which is really a key factor in LGBTQ people to have full and complete thriving lives," she said.

The fundraising event featured speakers, music and a silent auction.

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