We are looking to continue our awesome partnerships and work with new sponsors and partners as we celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall throughout 2019, including at our annual festival and parade. Interested in learning more? Contact Jerry Yelton at jerry@charlottepride.org for a sponsor brochure and more information.

2018 Sponsors & Partners


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.




PNC Bank

Presenting Sponsor
PNC Bank Festival Zone

PNC Bank proudly supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) employees, communities and customers in the markets we serve.

We believe that banks play an important role in building strong, vibrant, more self-reliant communities. That means opportunities should abound for everyone – including LGBTQ individuals. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in the way we do business, from our hiring practices and employee programs to the sponsorships we invest in and the suppliers we partner with. Because when we work together, celebrating our differences, everyone benefits. For information about our commitment to the LGBT community, visit www.pnc.com/lgbtq

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States. With a retail branch network that stretches across 19 states and the District of Columbia; and strategic international offices in Canada, China, Germany and the U.K., PNC is organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking, including a full range of lending products; 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




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.


United Technologies

UTC provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. UTC’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and fostering an environment of trust and respect for all our employees remains a top priority.


Truliant Federal Credit Union is a mission-driven, not-for-profit financial institution that promises to always have its member-owners’ best interest at heart by improving their lives through providing financial guidance and affordable financial services. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves more than 230,000+ members and currently has 34 Member Financial Centers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Start Talking. Stop HIV.

Community Partner

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 cdc.gov/ActAgainstAIDS/StartTalking. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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.

American Airlines

American Airlines is strong supporter of the LGBT community and is the only airline to receive 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index since the survey’s inception. The PRIDE Employee Business Resource Group was American’s first Resource Group founded in 1994 and their mission is to work with the airline to ensure American’s continued public commitment to the LGBT community. Together with regional partner American Eagle, American Airlines is the world’s largest airline offering an average of nearly 6,700 flights daily to 350 destinations in 50 countries. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect offer nearly 14,250 flights daily to 1,000 destinations in 150 countries.


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. Our team is passionate about making your event an incredible experience, regardless of the size. Whether you’re thinking about entertaining a few friends for a special occasion, hosting 500 guests for a lavish gala, or planning a Garden Wedding, our dedicated event specialists will assess your needs and challenges before flawlessly planning your event.

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?

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.

Gilead Sciences

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


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

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.

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.

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.

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans is obsessed with finding a better way… for our clients, for our communities, and for our team members. We believe simplicity makes things better for everyone. Naturally, we thought the mortgage process could use some help in that department. Quicken Loans has helped over 2 million families finance their homes. Compare home loan options and apply online with Rocket Mortgage.


Tucked in the heart of the city’s downtown district, experience the Charlotte Marriott City Center and Courtyard Charlotte City Center, Charlotte Pride’s Official Host Hotels for 2018. Stay in the center of Uptown, right in the middle of all the action for this year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade. From our Charlotte hotels, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, EpiCentre and other Uptown attractions are well within your reach. Make plans to experience the Charlotte Marriott City Center and Courtyard Charlotte City Center.

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!

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.

Amity Medical Group & RX Clinic

Amity Medical Group is an independent family medicine practice with two offices servicing the greater Charlotte / Mecklenburg County metropolitan area; we are happily accepting new patients. We specialize in primary and chronic care, offering site labs, radiology and an onsite family medical pharmacy, building relationships with your entire family for a foundation of health and wellness. With a diverse and inclusive staff that includes the best regional HIV specialists, diabetes specialists, weight loss management, as well as, clinical pharmacists to help with understanding medications, drug interactions and adherence; we also provide Medicare Annual Wellness visits. Additionally, RX Clinic allows you to experience pharmacy in a whole new way! Discover how we can help you optimize your medication outcome. Come and see our friendly staff, compare our prices, and receive better-personalized care. We accept MEDICAID, MEDICARE, and all major insurances. For the uninsured, stop by and see how we can help you get the best prices in town.

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.



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Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Our mission is to create programs and activities to enrich, empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Since our founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded our year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with our mission, vision, and values.

The annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade is the premier event bringing together the LGBTQ communities of the Carolinas and is the single-largest LGBTQ event held between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The festival and parade also acts as a primary fundraiser for our programs, including the annual Reel Out Charlotte, Trans Pride and Latin Pride, as well as activities for area LGBTQ youth.

Last year’s festival and parade was a two-day event with a record-breaking 150,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. This diverse crowd provided a unique marketing opportunity for businesses intent on creating relationships within the LGBTQ community. Primary funding for the festival and parade comes from our Sponsors. (Click here to see a list of 2017 sponsors.)

The 2018 Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade will be held on August 18-19, 2018 and will be preceded by a week of community events and activities. Detailed event information will be posted as it becomes available at charlottepride.org.

On behalf of the board of directors, our program committees and volunteers, we would like to thank you for taking the time to consider becoming a sponsor of our organization and annual event. Your support ensures the success of all our year-round programs.

Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner?

We’d be happy to speak with you, learn more about your goals and objectives and get you a copy of our 2018 Sponsor Brochure. Email Jerry at jerry@charlottepride.org for more information.

Last updated: July 12, 2018