Pride Sets New Records
Increases Community Grants, Pays Bills, On Target For Small Surplus


In a year when there’s been so much gloomy financial news, San Francisco Pride has brightened the forecast for many Bay Area non-profits with another year of record-setting community grants. Totaling $156,209.17, a 20% increase over last year’s record donations, the grants will be awarded to 53 community groups (list attached) on July 28 at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center.

Pride President, Joey Cain, said:

“Even during these difficult economic times, our community continually sticks together—all of our volunteers, sponsors, community groups and event attendees have all increased their support of our event and stuck with us. It’s our positive energy and commitment to helping one another that gives us all hope for the future.”

In addition to supporting the many non-profits that participate in Pride’s Community Partners program, Pride is on target to generate a small surplus after paying its bills for the year, even with increased police overtime costs and higher insurance rates.

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said:

“We attribute our stellar economic performance to a variety of factors—first rate systems of financial control and budgeting, very strong performance from our parade, exhibitor and sponsor income, all of which are up this year, and targeted cuts to our expenses that would not compromise the standards of the event.”

Attendance at this year’s event was at the same levels of last year’s event, with around half of the attendees being visitors from outside the City and County of San Francisco, generating a significant financial boost to the City’s merchants and hospitality industry.

Also to be announced at the event at the Center is the winner of “Best In Show”, the winner of the on-line public vote for the best Parade Float.

San Francisco LGBT Pride 2004 will take place over the weekend of June 26/27, 2004. 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


2003 Community Partners
A Better Way Foster Family Care
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
AIDS Project East Bay
Alameda County Leather Corps
Ark of Refuge
Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits
Bears of San Francisco
Bethany United Methodist Church
Black Coalition On AIDS
Breast Cancer Action
California Men's Gathering
Castro Country Club
Castro Lions Club
Community United Against Violence
Council of Grand Dukes & Duchesses
Deaf Gay & Lesbian Center
Destination Foundation
Dignity SF
Diversity Center
East Bay Pride
Folsom Street Events
Freedom In Christ Evangelical Church
Full Circle Community Counseling
GLBT Historical Society
Golden Gate Men's Chorus
Golden Gate Performing Arts
Harvey Milk Institute
Imperial Council of SF
Imperial Star Empire
Interfaith Pagan Pride
La Lesbian Women La Pena
Latin Voter Education Project
Legal Aid Society
Lesbian & Gay Chorus of SF
Magnet Project
Men Of All Colors Together
Metropolitan Community Church SF
Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support
Open House
PAWS
Positive Resource Center
Project Inform
Quan Yin Healing Arts Center
Santa Clara AIDS Walk
SF Bowlers Emergency Aid Relief
SF FOG Rugby Football Club
SF Gay Softball League
SF LGBT Community Center
SF Spikes
SF Tsunami Masters Swim Team
St. James' Infirmary
Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation
Women's Building