It’s A Record
Pride Committee Gives $110,000 Back To Community


For the first time in it’s thirty-one year history, the Pride Committee will be giving back a six figure sum to the community this year. The record figure of $110,051.53 is made possible by the financial success of the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration. This year’s total is an increase of 40% on the previous record, set last year, of $78,181.00.

Pride President, Cecilia Chung, said:

“We’ve had an great year. The event was the most diverse ever with the largest attendance and a financial result which allows us to give back a record amount to the community. This is ‘Success’ in anyone’s language and our entire community can be proud.”

The bulk of the funds are generated by Pride’s Community Partners Program which rewards organizations who helped staff the beverage booths and collected donations at the event. The list of organizations to benefit (attached) reflects the diversity inherent in the Parade and Celebration and underlines the community centered nature of the event.

San Francisco's largest event also drew a record attendance of a million people over the course of the weekend. A sticker system at the gates helped boost donations and a slight increase in beverage sales contributed to the record total going back to the community.

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said:

“Without doubt, we have hit a high water mark. It’s due to the support we get from our community that we are able to put on a free event of this scale with quality entertainment, ten stages, pay all our bills, compensate our performers fairly and still have $110k to give back at the end of it all.”

The amount which Pride gives back to the community has been increasing since 1997, hand in hand with higher standards of fiscal responsibility and financial solvency. While there are still two months to go until Pride closes its books and the annual audit, it is clear that the organization has handled the finances responsibly and will end the cycle comfortably in the black, for the fourth successive year.

The checks will be presented on July 23 at a special Party being held between 7 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. at Planet Hollywood. Planet Hollywood is sponsoring the party at no cost to the Pride Committee. The Presentations will take place around 7.30 p.m.

SF LGBT Pride 2002 takes place over the weekend of June 29 and 30, 2002.

ENDS

For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 0831

Pride 2001 Community Partners

AIDS Emergency Fund
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Alameda County Leather Corps
Ark of Refuge
Bethany United Methodist Church
Bears of San Francisco
Breast Cancer Action
California Men's Gathering
Castro Lions Club
Couples of the Bay Area
Community United Against Violence
Dignity San Francisco
Ducal Court
East Bay Pride
Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church
Full Circle Community Counseling
GLBT Historical Society of Northern California
Golden Gate Men’s Chorus
Harvey Milk Institute
Imperial Council of San Francisco
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco
Metropolitan Community Church
Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support
Pets Are Wonderful Support
Positive Resource Center
Quan Yin Healing Arts Center
Saint James Infirmary
San Francisco Bowlers Emergency AIDS Relief
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
San Francisco Gay Softball League
San Francisco Spikes
South East Asian Community Center
Sundance Country Dance Association