PRESS STATEMENT
June 21, 2011

San Francisco Pride Cuts Final Checks for 2010 Community Partners

LGBT Celebration & Parade Committee Fulfills Commitment with $38,000 Payment

San Francisco, CA – 21 June 2011 - The San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration Committee announced today that payments totaling more than $38,000 will be distributed in the coming days to its 2010 Community Partners, fulfilling its pledge to remunerate outstanding funds previously promised to those organizations. With these payments, SF Pride will have paid a total of $166,663.83 in grants to Bay Area-based non-profit organizations that participated in the 2010 program.

“The board promised our community that we would honor our grant commitments to our 2010 partners, and today I am happy to report that we have come through on that promise,” stated San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Board Chair, Lisa Williams.  “From the beginning, San Francisco Pride has been about supporting our community. Fulfilling our financial commitments to our partners will continue to be a critical component of that support.”

“We are fully committed to be a fiscally responsible organization, which includes fulfilling our promise to pay our 2010 partners in full,” said San Francisco Pride’s Interim Executive Director, Brendan Behan. “Our Community Partners continue to play a key role at Pride, and we intend to keep the focus on the good and important work that they do for the community.”

San Francisco Pride’s Community Partners Program is a grant-giving initiative that provides non-profit organizations based in the Bay Area with grant funds in exchange for volunteer staffing at beverage booths and donation gates at the annual two-day San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. Bay Area non-profits dedicated to work on LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS, cancer, the environment, and animal welfare are eligible to participate.  San Francisco Pride’s Community Partners Program has granted over $1.8 million to its partners since the program’s 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 $1.8 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