Artist and fundraiser known as Nina West
I love Columbus because…
It has incredible networking opportunities which can open doors. You can have an idea in Columbus and make it a reality because there is access to movers and shakers who can actualize that vision. People in Columbus want others to succeed and there is a fantastic sense of community here.
I believe young professionals are important to our city because…
They can truly make a difference here. Unlike New York City and Chicago, Columbus is small enough for people to know each other, collaborate, and the potential make big things happen.
Why do I fundraise in Columbus?
Charity work, with a focus on the LGBTQ community, has been a staple of the 15-16 years that I have spent doing drag in Columbus. I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing organizations including the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Equitas Health (FKA Columbus Aids Task Force), Columbus Aids Coalition, and Susan G. Komen. While many factors drive me to this work, knowing how a single act can change someone’s outlook forever is the primary motivator for me.
The Human Rights Campaign, Equitas Health, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, The Columbus Stompers, The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, CATCO is Kids, The Trevor Project, The Family Pride Network, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Equality Ohio, Pelotonia, Sedona Grace Foundation, Flying Horse Farms, Newtown Memorial Fund, Pulse Orlando Relief Fund, The Susan G Komen Foundation, Stonewall Columbus, Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization, BESA, CD102.5 for the Kids, Dress for Success Columbus, The Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball Association, The Gay Softball World Series 2010, The Gay Softball World Series 2016, Citizens for Humane Action, North American Gay Volleyball Association, among many other local and national organizations.