In spite of the troubled economy, this year's San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration has set a new record for community grants. This year, an astonishing $129,755 will be given back to the community, an increase of 18% on last year's record.

“Our goal was to sustain the level of community reinvestment we achieved last year. It gives me great satisfaction that we've exceeded that,” said SF Pride President, Joshua Smith.

The bulk of the funds are generated by Pride's Community Partners Program, which rewards organizations who help staff the beverage booths and collect donations at the event. Over the past five years, Pride has reinvested approximately $500,000 in the community. This year’s warmer weather helped boost beverage income and gate donations to new record highs.

The checks will be presented to the beneficiaries at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center on July 29.

San Francisco LGBT Pride 2003 will take place over the weekend of June 28/29, 2003. For more information got to www.sfpride.org.

ENDS

For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at:  (415) 864 0831
For photography and archived media releases go to: www.sfpride.org/media.htm

2002 Community Partners

A Better Way Foster Family Program
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Alameda County Leather Corps
Ark of Refuge
Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits
Bears of San Francisco
Bethany United Methodist Church
Breast Cancer Action
California Men’s Gathering
Castro Lions Club
Council of Grand Dukes & Duchesses
Community United Against Violence
Couples of the San Francisco Bay Area
Destination foundation
Dignity San Francisco
East Bay Pride
Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church of SF
Full Circle Community Counseling
GLBT Historical Society of Northern California
Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Harvey Milk Institute
The Imperial Council of San Francisco
The Imperial Star Empire
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
LGBT Community Center
Lesbian & Gay Chorus of San Francisco
Men of All Colors Together
Metropolitan Community Church
Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support
Mount Shasta Pride
Pets Are Wonderful Support
Positive Resource Center
Quan Yin Healing Arts Center
Rainbow Adult Community Housing
St. James Infirmary
San Francisco Bowlers Emergency Aid Relief
San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
San Francisco Gay Softball League
San Francisco Spikes
Silicon Valley AIDS Walk
Southeast Asian Community Center
Tsunami Swim Club