- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Representatives from a Grants Pass youth shelter have apologized for their decision to turn down proceeds from a concert that featured a performance by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus.

Hearts With A Mission, which bills itself as a faith-based organization, was to receive nearly $3,000 from the sold-out concert. But its board rejected the donation, saying it wanted to avoid the controversy that might arise from accepting the money.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports (https://bit.ly/2pmE6cN) three board members resigned after the ensuing community uproar. Remaining board members issued a formal apology Tuesday at the church where the concert was held last month.

Some city officials questioned the shelter’s decision to reject the money at a time when they’ve been asking for extra funding at taxpayer expense.

The proceeds ended up going to another nonprofit that works with at-risk youths.

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Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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