Pop-rock band FUN. announced on January 17 that their LGBT support organization, The Ally Coalition (TAC), is starting a fundraiser in support of Detroit’s Ruth Ellis Center, which supplies LGBT youth in need with shelter, clothing, meals, and medical care. Their goal is to raise $250,000 to help build a community health center.
The trio that make up FUN.—singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost—all hail from Detroit themselves. In 2012 they topped the charts with their songs “We Are Young” and “Some Nights,” and in 2013 FUN. won Grammys for both Best New Artist and Song of the Year.
The group started TAC with designer Rachel Antonoff, who is Jack Antonoff’s sister.
On TAC’s About page, they explain,
TAC is committed to the support of LGBTQ youth. Through our travels this year with FUN., we have seen first hand the incredible work that community centers and shelters do to keep our LGBTQ youth safe and healthy.
40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ.
LGBTQ Youth are at much higher risk of depression, suicide, substance abuse, risky sexual behavior and homelessness.
Last year, the Ruth Ellis Center provided support to over half the homeless LGBTQ youth in Detroit.
This year, the Ruth Ellis Center will help 25% more youths by developing a vacant space into a Community Health Center to provide comprehensive medical and mental health services.
Total development costs are expected to reach $250,000.
To raise the funds, TAC is encouraging local musicians and their fans to use their shows as fundraising and collection opportunities, such as adding a ticket donation to the cost of each ticket, collecting much needed clothing items at a shows, and setting up an Equality Village at events.
To encourage more people to donate, TAC and FUN. will also match donations up to $50,000.