Love is Love benefit raises funds for LGBTQ programming

MADISON, Wis.(WMTV)-- Saturday night the Madison Museum for Contemporary Art was lit up in rainbow for the first Love is Love benefit.

The message of the event was "self-expression, hope and love with no boundaries."

Love is Love was hosted by Unity Point Health Meriter as a fundraiser to raise money for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) hospital's expansion project, and for LGBTQ programming.

"It's unacceptable for our kids that are in a mental health crisis to be on a wait list. I think for the Madison community, we need to make sure expansion happen so we can stop the wait list," said Tina Noel, a co-chair for the CAP fundraising campaign, "Right now there 26 kids everyday waiting for a bed. Waiting for treatment and that needs to end."

Unity Point Health Meriter said according to the National Alliance on Mental Health the LGBTQ community is four times more likely to experience suicidal thoughts or attempts.

More than 300 people registered for Saturday night's fundraiser. There was a suggested $25 donation.