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Fundraiser April 27 in Memory of Steven Nelson

By: Sherry Squires   Published 4:06 pm / April 11, 2017

A fundraiser event will be held April 27 at the Knitting Factory in Boise in honor of Boise State employee Steven Nelson, who died tragically one year ago as the result of a hate crime.

Following his death, the Steven Nelson Emergency Fund was established to assist Boise State LGBTQ students. Nelson had worked in the fundraising offices of Boise State and the University of Idaho, leading student-staffed call centers in fundraising efforts.

He was an outspoken and articulate champion of equality. His friends, family and community wish to celebrate his life and his memory by raising money to aid LGBTQ students in need of support. The kinds of challenges LGBTQ students face may, at times, be visible only in crisis. The Steven Nelson Emergency Fund may be a lifeline to students who cannot turn to family, or who find themselves struggling within an unsupportive community.

“Steven knew the value of a supportive community, and this is one way that we can keep his spirit alive and helping others,” said Joseph Kibbe, a Pridefest organizer.

All are invited to join “Stand for Steven,” a benefit for the Steven Nelson Emergency Fund at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Knitting Factory in Boise. There will be a social hour and silent raffle followed by a concert and live auction from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $20 at