in the community:
MenAlive is more than Arts and Entertainment
We promote understanding and acceptance for the LGBTQ community, countering the fear and discrimination that threatens all of society, especially youth. One of the ways we do this is through community outreach.
Orange County is the ever-growing place, in population and diversity, that MenAlive calls home. If we aren't wrapping gifts during the holiday season, we are volunteering at the food bank. From performing to celebrate the opening of the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts to marching in the OC Pride parade, our chorus volunteered thousands of hours during the 2017 - 2018 season to give back to our community.
If you also have a passion for community support and outreach, join MenAlive and help us make a difference in Orange County and our community at large.
Rich Cook Community Bridge Award
MenAlive's Community Bridge Awards, created in 2010 by then Board President Carl Stevens, are presented annually to honor those who have made a positive impact in and for the LGBTQ community. Later renamed the Rich Cook Community Bridge Award in 2014 to commemorate MenAlive Founder Rich Cook's final season as Artistic Director, the award continues to recognize distinguished members of the community who personify MenAlive’s mission of “informing, bringing healing, joy, friendship, and building bridges to the public at large.” These leaders have certainly influenced and furthered our message of friendship and outreach, and have helped bridge the gaps between and within the LGBTQ community and the greater world around us.
Carl has been a community partner and friend of MenAlive for many years. He and US Bank have been key figures in our HeartsAlive volunteer program in supporting front-of-house operations. He is a Senior Vice President for US Bank, and in addition to his career there he serves as a local LGBT community leader. He serves as the Board Chairman for LGBT Center OC, serves on the US Bank Diversity and Inclusion company advisor board and is a Senior Advisor for U.S. Spectrum So CA LGBT Business Resource Group.
In addition, his community engagement includes being a board member for the Discovery Science Center and working with Habitat for Humanity where he has participated in several international builds – even as far as Bangladesh! He’s an amazing human with a compassionate heart and visionary mind!
Mike Fuhr has been a member of the MenAlive family since the beginning! During his time with the organization, in addition to being a fantastic Tenor 2, he has been on committees, a chorus leader and all around inspiration to the chorus. After each MenAlive concert Mike makes a point to stand out in the lobby and connect with attendees that he doesn’t know and thanks them for attending. He ensures they have that moment which helps us grow.
During the day, Mike is a director with the Discovery Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is impacting the lives of children through hands-on science education.
Outside of his day job in just the last year, Mike has led the OC Chapter of Gay For Good, organizing volunteer activities supporting Mercy House, LGBT Center OC, OC Women’s March, and Grandma’s House of Hope.
Dr. Max Schneider & Ron Smelt