Donation drive for South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival kicks off
Dae Elliott | South Bay Alliance
We’ve kicked off our donation drive for the 2014 South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival with a bang, well … really a business mixer, Thursday, Nov. 14.
Everyone came down to meet and mingle with the fantastic businesses members that helped make this past year’s Pride such a success and support next year’s Pride festival.
The energy around this great come-back Pride celebration has a lot of people talking about how to make a difference and one of those differences is to create an LGBT-supportive business network to reach out to the people in the South Bay. The business mixer was held at Scott Styler’s new Celebration Hall, 1351 Palm Ave., in Imperial Beach.
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served and the “Art of Elegance” was spinning music for us. The opportunity drawing grand prize was an overnight stay at the elegant Loews Coronado Resort in nearby Coronado. In addition to the great music, food, drinks and prizes, Melanie Peters—of Melanie Peters Productions and Agent AKA—made a special presentation “10 Minute Facebook Ad Dash” where she talked about the advertising outreach of social media, in particular Facebook, the difference between a “Promoted Page” and a “Promoted Post” and what companies can really expect from Facebook and other social media networks as a sales tool. All said it was a great time and a great opportunity to check out Celebration Hall for the upcoming holiday parties.
South Bay Alliance will be expanding their business listings section of their website to provide South Bay with a source for the LGBT friendly businesses. If you are interested in being listed on our website, please contact us at SouthBayAlliance@gmail.com and put “business listing request” in the subject line. Our new Business Outreach chair Scott Styler will get back to you!
In addition to the business mixer to support the donation drive, South Bay Alliance has launched a crowd-funding site at indiegogo.com/projects/keep-south-bay-pride-free to help meet our individual giving goal of $5,000 before the end of the year. Your tax-deductible donations will go towards keeping South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival a FREE event for all attendees with no admission charge.
Since our inception in 2008, we have been committed to maintaining as much accessibility to the community as possible and keeping the festival a free and open event is a priority.
That said, we have grown from a few hundred attendees to an expected 3,000 – 5,000 next year and with that growth has come added expenses. Help us keep South Bay Pride free to all LGBT and their allies to celebrate love, diversity and equality for all. This is particularly important to our youth here in the South Bay and this celebration provides them with a community Pride event where they can know that they are accepted and valued. Past attendees have expressed that being able to have such an open, accepting and affirming celebration in their own backyard was enormously moving.
We are small enough to be a community Pride and big enough to draw a lot of media attention. Your contribution will help us look and feel like a big Pride while still being accessible to the general public. It is a priority that we speak for our diverse community in the South Bay. Our hope is that this event gets bigger every year and becomes a destination Pride (much like Palm Springs) as a unique festival on its own.
As in the past, we are also reaching out to our corporate supporters to help through their sponsorship of the event. If you are a corporation that would like to be a corporate sponsor, contact us at SouthBayPride@gmail.com. Keep Pride Free.
— Dae Elliott is a sociologist and lecturer working at SDSU since 1994. She is one of the founding executive committee members and current chair of South Bay Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organized in 2006 with the purpose of building a coalition of the LGBT community and allies for social networking, business promotion and political awareness in South San Diego County. South Bay Alliance has been the organizer of South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival since 2007. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.