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Duxbury resident co-chairs benefit for Greater Boston PFLAG

Holly Safford

Holly Safford

Duxbury resident Holly Safford, founder and president of Hingham-based The Catered Affair, recently co-chaired a benefit for Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Safford (inset), who has three sons, two of them gay, co-chaired the event with Cambridge’s Joan Parker, wife of the late Robert B. Parker. The “Step Up! Stop the Bullying and Make It Better NOW” benefit was held Thursday in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens and expected to draw more than 700 attendees. Proceeds from the party go toward Greater Boston PFLAG’s bullying prevention, family support, and education programs.

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Safford said she has always worried about her sons’ well-being, and hoped they would never become victims of prejudice or hatred. She supports PFLAG’s work to create safe environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and said too many LGBT youth experience some form of rejection when they come out to their families.

“I think PFLAG is a wonderful organization because you’re in the company of people who are loving and accepting and want people to be who they are,” she said.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.
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