Charlotte Pride Sponsors and Partners

2017 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade
August 26-27, 2017 | Uptown Charlotte

Stay tuned for more information on 2017 events!


Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo — Presenting Sponsor
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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

Diversity is a core value at Wells Fargo. We value, and learn from, the diversity of team members, customers and communities. It offers us a competitive advantage and is part of what makes our company special. We can’t be one of the world’s great companies unless we become more diverse and inclusive.




PNC Bank — Presenting Sponsor
PNC Bank Festival Zone

At PNC, we’re committed to diversity and inclusion. You’ll see this reflected in many aspects of our business; in our hiring practices, our employee programs, the communities and sponsorships we invest in as well as the suppliers we do business with. We’ve developed a keen appreciation for our collectively unique strengths.

By working together in an inclusive culture, we can better meet the needs of our customers, communities and shareholders in our increasingly diverse marketplace. It’s why we’re committed to our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees, communities and customers in the markets we serve. For information about our commitment to the LGBT community, visit

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit



Bank of America — Presenting Sponsor
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Our people make us better.

At Bank of America, our goal is to be a great place to work and create an environment where our employees can achieve their goals. Central to that is our commitment to diversity and inclusion and being a place where anyone can bring their whole self to work.  For the past ten years, Bank of America has scored 100% in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.  From offering same-sex domestic partner benefits and incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity into our nondiscrimination policies to tax equalization of domestic partner benefits, our aim is to provide support where and when it’s needed.  We celebrate our diversity by setting the standard for supporting LGBT people both inside and outside the company and we stand proudly with Charlotte Pride and their efforts to champion equality and inclusiveness for everyone.


UTC Aerospace Systems

We are a world leader in aerospace technology. Our 42,000 employees design, manufacture and service high-tech systems that make aircraft safer, lighter and more efficient. Our products flew with Lindberg and Earhart, helped usher in the jet age, and allowed man to travel to the moon. Today, our mission is to be the best aerospace systems company for the world. Every second a plane takes off with our systems on board, and we are committed to ensuring they perform flawlessly so every takeoff, flight and landing is safe. Looking to the future, we are building an inclusive environment where diverse ideas, perspectives and people come together to solve the most complex challenges in the aerospace industry, create customer value and offer rewarding opportunities for employees.

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Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) works to deliver experiences that uniquely enrich the lives of our visitors and residents. Through leadership in destination development, marketing and venue management expertise, the CRVA leads efforts to maximize the region’s economic potential through visitor spending, creating jobs and opportunities for the community. The CRVA is a proud supporter of Charlotte Pride, one of the many remarkable annual events that embody the ‘a lot’ the community has to offer via the city’s destination brand, ‘Charlotte’s got a lot’ and contribute to making the Queen City an attractive place to live, work, play and visit.

West Elm

Ten things to know about West Elm: 1. We Think Great Design Should Be Affordable. 2. We Believe In Big Ideas For Small Spaces (And Big Spaces Too). 3. We Collaborate Whenever We Can. It Makes Us Better At What We Do. 4. We Strive To Get A Little Greener Everyday. 5. We Have A Soft Spot For Natural Materials And Clean Modern Lines. 6. We Love Multi-Functional Things That Fold, Stack, Wheel + Nest. 7. We Want Comfortable Kick–Up–Your–Feet–Style To Look Good Too. 8. We Search For Inspiration In Far-Flung Places. (It’s More Fun That Way). 9. We Work With Artisans And Nonprofit Workshops Around The World. 10. We Rearrange The Furniture Just For Fun. How About You?


Start Talking. Stop HIV.

CDC’s Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign seeks to reduce new HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men by encouraging open discussion about HIV testing, their HIV status, and safer sex, including condom use and the medicines that prevent and treat HIV.

No matter the type of relationship, communication can be key to finding the right prevention strategy that works for you and your partner.

Get the facts and tips on how to start the conversation at Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.


Bud Light

Bud Light’s crisp, clean refreshing taste and superior drinkability make it popular everywhere from backyard BBQs to black-tie soirees. Its light-bodied brew comes with a fresh and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and crisp finish for the ultimate refreshment.

The same brew since 1982: Superior drinkability comes from superior brewing. It starts with a blend of premium hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. Bud Light’s crisp, clean, refreshing taste and award winning advertising has made it the most popular beer brand in the US.


Ally Financial

Ally Financial is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally’s legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country,  a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies. For more information, visit the Ally press room at or follow Ally on Twitter: @allyfinancial.



Proudly hosting a booth for the first time at Charlotte Pride, Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

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The Hartford

With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford (NYSE: HIG) is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. The Hartford helps its customers prepare for the unexpected, protect what’s most important to them and prevail when the unforeseen happens.

The Hartford is committed to building an inclusive and engaging culture, where people are respected for who they are, recognized for how they contribute and celebrated for growth and exceptional performance. We value the diversity of skills and life experiences of our employees and invest deeply in their development.

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Food Lion

Food Lion operates nearly 1,100 grocery stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Our company proudly employs more than 65,000 associates and serves approximately 10 million customers a week. By leveraging our longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to provide the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast for our customers, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities we serve. Additionally, Food Lion is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, where all associates, customers and business partners are treated with dignity and respect. Please visit to learn more.

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Fluent Language Solutions

Since 1989, Fluent Language Solutions, a LanguageLine Solutions Company, has helped tens of thousands of clients across the country overcome language barriers with the highest quality interpreting and translating services available in over 200 languages.

At Fluent, we are experts in the field of interpreting and translating; it is our only business.  With the broadest array of services available and the most stringent quality control processes employed in our industry, our integrated approach to service delivery ensures you will receive the highest quality service in the most cost effective manner possible.

To get Fluent today, please call us toll free at 888.225.6056.


Chasers Charlotte NODA

Charlotte’s Only Gay All Male Exotic Dance Club featuring the Finest in Female Impersonation from all over the Nation! Presenting Jujubee of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame on the Wells Fargo Stage during the Charlotte Pride Festival and at the club during Pride weekend!


Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund

The vision of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund is to cultivate one community with the belief that all people should be treated with equal respect and dignity.

The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund’s mission is to fund organizations that support the LGBTQ community through the pooled financial resources of individuals, corporations and foundations.

The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund was created to positively impact the underfunding of nonprofit organizations serving the LGBTQ community. Over the last nine years, The Fund has awarded more than $800,000 to Charlotte area nonprofits.

Join us each May at the Happening, the most fun lunch of the year. All of the funds donated to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund support grant making for local organizations you know and love: Charlotte Pride, One Voice Chorus, Campus Pride, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, PFLAG Charlotte, Charlotte Royals Rugby Club, Time Out Youth and many more.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Since 1933, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has offered its customers high quality health insurance at a competitive price and has led the charge toward better health and more consumer-focused health care in our state. BCBSNC is a fully taxed, not-for-profit North Carolina company with major operations centers in Durham, Fayetteville, Winston-Salem, and an office in Charlotte. We employ more than 4,700 North Carolinians and serve more than 3.89 million customers.

BCBSNC is committed to making the health care system in North Carolina better – but we know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we work with doctors, hospitals and others to bring our customers innovative solutions that simplify the health care system, improve efficiency and outcomes, and help rein in costs.

For more information about BCBSNC, including employment opportunities, visit us at


Barefoot Wine

Out and Proud. We’ve been sipping with the LGBTQ community for 25 years. Everyone has the right to get Barefoot and have a great time. And we believe in doing that with whomever you want. In 1988, the first donation was made celebrating diversity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Business Association. And the party just won’t stop!

In 2009, we partnered with over 100 different LGBTQ local non-profits as well as national charities like GLAAD, CenterLink, InterPRIDE and GALA Chorus. We’ve toasted to same-sex marriage on top of a giant wedding cake. We’ve walked PRIDE festivals around the globe and danced with every kind of Foot Fan out there.

Diversity is a passion close to our heart and sole (ever noticed the rainbow of colours on our labels?). We’re always looking for more Foot Fans to celebrate with.



AXA, one of the largest life insurance and retirement savings companies in the United States, has been providing peace of mind to our clients since 1859, and now has nearly 2.45 million customers nationwide. More than 4,800 AXA Advisors financial professionals create strategies to help individuals, families, and business owners move forward on the road to financial security. AXA U.S. is part of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management, with 103 million clients in 59 countries. Visit for more information.


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