PRESS STATEMENT
May 4, 2011

SF Pride Announces Progress in Paying Back 2010 Community Partners

Over 75% of Grant Monies Returned to Participating Organizations

$126,529 paid to 2010 partners to date

San Francisco, CA – 5 May 2011 –The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced today that it has now paid over $126,000 to its 2010 partners, marking more than 75% of grant monies returned to participating organizations. This includes $5,600 in additional grant payments placed in the mail this week to Pride’s 2010 Community Partners. Pride’s new Interim Executive Director Brendan Behan, who has worked with Pride through four events and previously served as the organization’s Deputy Executive Director in 2008 and 2009, personally contributed a $2,000 donation to Pride’s latest round of payments.

“I have spent years working with our Community Partners at Pride, and I have personally witnessed their dedication and support to the community through their participation in this program,” stated Behan. “I want our partners to know that the Pride board of directors and I are as serious as we can be about rebuilding our partners’ trust. I hope, too, that making my own donation to this effort that I can persuade others to join us in contributing to our Community Partners, whose organizations fight day in and day out for LGBT people, our allies, and our community.”

With the latest round of payments, Pride also announced the launch of a new fundraising initiative to ask Pride members and volunteers and the community to match Pride’s most recent contribution through individual donations earmarked toward Pride’s 2010 Community Partners. Pride is requesting donors to log onto sfpride.org/donate to make a contribution.

The Community Partners Program is a beneficiary program for Bay Area-based nonprofit organizations that help run Pride’s donation gates and beverage booths at the annual Celebration and Parade. In exchange for their support, Pride provides its Community Partners with grants each year in August. Pride has donated more than $1.7 million back to the community through the program since its inception in 1997.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $1.7 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2011 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 25 and 26, 2011. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. The two-day celebration is free and open to all. For more information please visit our website at SFPride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Interim Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102
Fax (415) 864-5889
media@sfpride.org