Pot Of Gold At End Of Rainbow

The Pride Committee is pleased to announce its plan to share the beverage operation and festival gate donations with non-profit partners.

Fifteen Beverage Partners are being sought in addition to a similar number of Donation Partners to share an estimated $60,000 of beverage and donation income. The decision reflects the '99 theme Proud Heritage, Powerful Future, particularly as many organizations will be able to use the anticipated income to further their work into the new millennium.

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, explains :

"This is part of the continuing realignment of priorities which started earlier this year with the abolition of Parade Contingent fees for small non-profits. By partnering with community groups we plan build a stable, community based future for the Pride event and provide the mechanism for investment in our community."

Last year (1998) total beverage receipts were reported at $161,238. Based upon that figure and a 25% share of the net proceeds (after expenses), the beverage partners this year can expect to share around $26,000 in revenue + tips. Donations at last year's event leapt to approximately $68,000 and 50% of that figure was distributed to community groups. The Pride Committee is hoping that this year's totals will be even higher. An order has already been placed for approximately 20,000 strings of rainbow beads which will be given to those making donations at the event. A donation of $2 will be requested but no one will be discouraged or turned away for lack of funds.

If all goes well in '99 the Pride Committee boldly plans to increase the share of the Beverage Partners to 50% of net for the 2000 event.

Commenting, Pride President, Calvin Gipson, said :

"We all understand the struggle of non-profits to raise funds in order to provide continuing services to the community throughout the year. The Pride Celebration is a golden opportunity for the community to proudly give donations at the gate and purchase the cool beverages during the event knowing that it will benefit the groups that many of us depend on for support, education, advocacy, cultural enrichment and healthcare. We are doing our best to keep expenses down for these programs so that the pot of gold is full and overflowing for our Beverage and Donation Partners."

Community Partners must be 501(c)3 organizations and should contact the Pride office for details of the Program and an application form. Organizations must be able to commit a minimum of 10 volunteers. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is March 18, 1999. While the Pride Committee will seek to accommodate all applicants there will be a lottery if the Program is oversubscribed.

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For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 3733