IWA - 2023 Giving Back
Free Mom Hugs
Matthew Sheppard Foundation

Free Mom Hugs - Sara Cunningham began her journey of becoming an advocate of the LGBTQIA+ community through her relationship with her gay son. She founded Free Mom Hugs in 2014 and since that time many parents and allies across the country joined the movement to accept, love and support the LGBTQIA community. Free Mom Hugs became an established 501(c)(3) non profit organization in 2018 to fight for human rights for all.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s mission is to amplify the story of Matthew Shepard to inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to embrace the dignity and equality of all people. Through local, regional, and national outreach, we empower individuals to find their voice to create change and challenge communities to identify and address hate that lives within our schools, neighborhoods, and homes. Our work is an extension of Matt’s passion to foster a more caring and just world. We share his story and embody his vigor for civil rights to change the hearts and minds of others to accept everyone as they are.

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Ric Simmons - President & Founder

IWA Giving Back To Support Change and Equality

I've always believed sharing can make a positive impact and change in someone's life. Sharing words of hope, love and encouragement are free for all of us to share with each other.

I hope you take time everyday to share what is free to give but is priceless in return. A smile, a hug or words of encouragements can easily make someone's day more enjoyable.

Actions matter!

The Inclusive Wedding Alliance is taking action to help support two non-profit organizations in 2023. Free Mom Hugs and The Matthew Sheppard Foundation. Five percent of the Inclusive Wedding Alliance annual profits will be donated to each organization.

Both of these organizations contribute an enormous amount of support to the LGBTQIA+ community.

It is my honor to share the love and support that has been given to the Inclusive Wedding Alliance and myself.


Free Mom Hugs

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