2017 Sponsors



Bank of America — Presenting Sponsor
Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade

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.



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 www.pnc.com/lgbt.

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 www.pnc.com.


Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo — Presenting Sponsor
Wells Fargo Stage

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 (wellsfargo.com) 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.


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.

Gilead Sciences

Gilead Sciences works to discover, develop and commercialize innovative therapeutics in the areas of unmet medical needs that improve patient care.

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.

Charlotte Chamber

The Charlotte Chamber mission is to connect, innovate and grow opportunity for all who do business in Charlotte. The Charlotte Chamber is a membership, volunteer-led organization that works with the business community to Connect for Progress, Innovate for the Future and Grow Economic Opportunity for Charlotte and the Greater North Carolina region.

Compass Group

As the leading foodservice and support services company, Compass Group is a family of companies building experiences for our customers and our 250,000 associates. We serve award-winning restaurants, corporate cafes, hospitals, schools, arenas, museums, and more. In addition, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art self-service and office coffee solutions. Our parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC, was recently named one of 50 Companies Changing the World by Fortune.

At Compass Group, diversity and inclusion is the heart and soul of who we are. We believe a diverse and inclusive culture supports innovation and collaboration, and benefits our associates, clients, and customers. We Empower our People to be the Difference. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, experience Compass at www.compass-usa.com.


Corning believes in the dignity of the individual, and our values celebrate the rich mixture of diversity in our global workforce.

Red Ventures

Road to Hire promotes economic mobility for motivated young adults in the Charlotte metro area through paid professional training, personal development and job placement. No college degree required! Learn more online at www.roadtohire.org.

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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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?


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 http://media.ally.com or follow Ally on Twitter: @allyfinancial.



Being bold is our commitment. In 1975, AT&T adopted a policy prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. That was the first of many bold steps taken to promote inclusion and prohibit discrimination for LGBT people, our employees and our customers. Our goal from the beginning has been to foster an inclusive workplace and be the LGBT community’s employer, service provider, and business of choice. Learn more about how we are bold.

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.


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 www.bcbsnc.com.


Ernst & Young

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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.


Charlotte Marriott City Center

Tucked in the heart of the city’s downtown district, experience the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Guests will enjoy contemporary, newly renovated rooms and suites boast gleaming hardwood floors, high-speed Wi-Fi access and rain showers in the bathroom. Discover the immersive Stoke Charlotte, our hotel restaurant, with its locally sourced cuisine and community-inspired atmosphere. We also offer an exceptional on-site gym with on-demand workouts to suit every fitness need. From our Charlotte hotel, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, EpiCentre and other Uptown attractions are well within your reach. Make plans to experience the Charlotte Marriott City Center.

Your Custom Catering & Events

Catering shouldn’t just mean purchased food, chairs or linen. Instead, it should be the word that comes to mind when you think of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. At Your Custom Catering & Events, our excellent staff employs a boutique-style approach and an unwavering commitment to excellence in order to create that unique experience for you–every time. As our client, we will treat you with the individualized, focused attention that you deserve, starting with your very first phone call to our company.

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Charlotte Film Society, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Temple Beth El

Last updated: Aug. 9, 2017