Photos: An evening of thanks with Charlotte Pride partners and sponsors
From each annual festival and parade to programs throughout year, like Charlotte Latin Pride’s support and social events and Reel Out Charlotte, the work of Charlotte Pride is supported by the generosity of a wide variety of donors, sponsors and community partners. Without their support, Charlotte Pride’s work in the community would not be possible.
That’s why we take a special moment each year to recognize our donors, sponsors and partners for their tremendous support for the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, empowerment and visibility.
Charlotte Pride hosted our annual sponsor and partner appreciation reception on Feb. 15 to thank each of our 2017 partners, partnering with the Charlotte Chamber to offer our partners an opportunity meet each other and learn more about Charlotte Pride’s plans for 2018.
Charlotte Pride Board of Directors Vice President Nan Bangs hosted the evening reception, which also included an overview of the organization’s programs in 2017, including last year’s festival and parade. In 2017, the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade hosted 150,000 visitors over the course of its weekend event, where 55% of attendees were women and 50% identified as Millennials. Since 2015, the annual event’s out-of-town visitors have contributed a total, combined economic impact of $24 million.
Programs & Events Manager Jerry Yelton also presented upcoming activities and programs for 2018, which include the 10th annual Reel Out Charlotte, May 16-20, as well as expanded program opportunities with Charlotte Latin Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride, increased volunteer engagement and more.
One of Charlotte Pride’s inaugural Charlotte Pride Scholarship recipients, Mohammed Gabriel, also spoke briefly, sharing his story as an international, openly gay student raised in a nation with a less-than-hospitable welcome for LGBTQ people. Mohammed’s story was surely a highlight of the evening!
We’re always thankful for the opportunities for continued community work presented to us by our sponsors, partners and donors. Cheers to an exciting 2018!
A grateful shout out to all the volunteers who turned out to help make this event a success!
Additionally, many thanks to DJ SPK, who will join us this year at Reel Out Charlotte and again during the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade VIP Experience, for spinning the tunes during the sponsor reception! Many thank yous!